Tag: dorrance dance

Tap Prodigy And Company Director Caleb Teicher Writes a Letter to His Teenage Self

At age 26, Caleb Teicher has already managed to establish himself as a respected dancer, choreographer, and creator. Onstage he is endless energy, all sprawling limbs and nimble feet; off-stage, he is ceaseless creativity, landing commission after commission and collaborating with musicians of every genre. Of course, he learned from the best: Teicher was a […]

A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Michelle Dorrance's Delightful Tap "Nutcracker"

There’s a new holiday dance tradition in the works, thanks to the genius brain of tapper Michelle Dorrance. Dorrance Dance, her innovative company, is putting its own spin on The Nutcracker, using Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn’s jazzy version of the classic score and a slew of talented tappers, including Josette Wiggan-Freund as the production’s […]

Dorrance Dance's Elizabeth Burke on Pre-Show Rituals and Celeb Doppelgängers

Dorrance Dance’s Elizabeth Burke’s dynamic technique and intricate musicality have made her a tap-scene standout. A Chapel Hill, NC, native, she trained with the North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble, led by her mentor, Gene Medler. She’s an alumna of The School at Jacob’s Pillow and graduated from Marymount Manhattan College with bachelor’s degrees in political […]

The Dance We're Thankful for This Year

Happy Thanksgiving, dance friends! Since today is a day for reflection and gratitude (and eating…so much eating), I asked my fellow Dance Spirit editors to tell me the dance-world things they’re most grateful for. Here’s what they had to say: Courtney Bowers, managing editor: “I’m thankful for Jennifer Garner’s hilarious ballet memes, Michaela DePrince’s super-cool […]

Tune Up Your Tapping Tone

“Imagine if a vocalist sang everything in monotone,” says Michelle Dorrance, whose company will perform its evening-length ETM: Double Down in England and Germany this summer. That’s the equivalent of a performance without a diverse array of flat slaps, deep-bass heel drops and high, tinkly taps—it’s one-note. Tappers “are dancers and musicians, and we have […]

What Inspires Tapper Michelle Dorrance's Choreography

Since founding her company, NYC-based Dorrance Dance, in 2011, Michelle Dorrance has won one major award after another, starting with a Bessie and culminating in 2015’s MacArthur Fellowship. Like most tappers, she’s quick to cite the legends and masters who came before her. But Dorrance’s belief in the power of tap has helped her carve […]