A 2011 Bessie Award winner, Michelle Dorrance is one of the most sought after tap dancers of her generation and “one of the most imaginative tap choreographers working today.” (The New Yorker) Mentored by Gene Medler, Michelle grew up performing with the North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble and has since performed with Manhattan Tap, Savion Glover’s ‘Ti Dii’, Jazz Tap Ensemble, Barbara Duffy & Co, Rumba Tap and was critically acclaimed in Derick Grant’s Imagine Tap as well as in Emmy Award winner, Jason Samuels Smith’s Charlie’s Angels: A Tribute to Charlie Parker (Chasin’ the Bird). Michelle has also just completed four years of performing with Off-Broadway sensation, STOMP.
Michelle founded Dorrance Dance / New York in the early spring of 2011 and created a major impact with the company’s debut in sold-out performances with Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards at Danspace Project, NYC. The company has also performed at Jacob’s Pillow’s Ruth St. Denis Studio, The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (a part of CHRP), The Barcelona Tap Festival, The DC Tap Festival and Beantown Tap Festival’s “On Tap!” to rave reviews.
Michelle has performed on television shows “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon”, Britain’s “Royal Variety Performance”, “A Hot Night in Harlem: The Apollo at 70” and “The Jerry Lewis Telethon”. She appeared in a national commercial for Cingular Wireless, performed in/choreographed segments of commercials for MTV and Toyota Taiwan, and was featured on the cover of Dance Magazine. Michelle recently collaborated as a dancer/choreographer on a high-fashion promotional film with award-winning shoe designer, Tabitha Simmons and fashion photographer, Craig McDean.
A highly sought-after instructor at festivals, universities, conventions and studios throughout the world, Michelle embodies a true passion for teaching and strives to share this passion wherever she goes. Michelle holds a Bachelor of Arts from New York University, plays bass for indie-pop star, Darwin Deez and is on faculty at Broadway Dance Center.