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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

In Context: Elemental

Electrifying tap dance company Dorrance Dance makes its BAM debut with a new site-specific work co-choreographed by Michelle Dorrance and Nicholas Van Young. Context is everything, so get even closer to the production with this curated selection of related articles and videos. After you've attended the show, let us know what you thought by posting in the comments below and on social media using #BAMNextWave.

Program Notes

Coming soon! (PDF)


Dorrance Dance official website
Learn more about the company and its repertoire.

Tap Dance in America: A Short History (DanceMotion USA)
An overview of tap dance in America from the DanceMotion USA library

Michelle Dorrance Boomwhacks the Guggenheim Rotunda (The New York Times)
Choreographers Michelle Dorrance and Nicholas Van Young team up to create a site-specific dance piece for the Guggenheim Museum’s rotunda.

Watch & Listen

Michelle Dorrance performs tap with Jon Batiste & Stay Human (YouTube)
Michelle Dorrance performs on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Michelle Dorrance discusses her craft with the MacArthur Foundation (MacArthur Foundation)
Dorrance was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2015 for reinvigorating a uniquely American dance form in works that combine the musicality of tap with the choreographic intricacies of contemporary dance.

ABT X MICHELLE DORRANCE at Vail Dance Festival 2018 (YouTube)
Vail Dance Festival co-commissioned this collaboration between Michelle Dorrance (Dorrance Dance) and American Ballet Theatre

Now your turn...

How did you enjoy the show? Likes? Dislikes? Surprises? Tell us what’s on your mind in the comments below and on social media using #BAMNextWave.

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  1. Not your typical tap program. This one is inventive in many ways with different props and is full of energy, joy and great skill. And it is all so immediate at the BAM Fisher space utilizing every bit of it. And the coupling of music and dance is so synergistic. Brava Michelle and her team.

  2. I was smiling throughout the performance. Dorrance should not be missed.


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