Free Artist Talk with Michelle Dorrance
Friday, Jan. 29, Noon
Weis Center Lobby
Facilitated by Professor Dustyn Martincich
Free Tap Dance Class!
Wednesday, Jan. 27, 5 p.m.
Weis Center Stage
Michelle will lead a free 90-minute tap dance class for all ages. The class is open to the public, however students should have at least two years of tap dance experience. RSVPs are required - call 570-577-3727 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Michelle Dorrance founded Dorrance Dance in the spring of 2011 after devoting 30 years to studying and performing tap dance. She's been lauded by The New Yorker as "one of the most imaginative tap choreographers working today," and is the first tap choreographer to receive a Princess Grace Choreography Fellowship. Dorrance Dance aims to honor tap dance's uniquely beautiful history in a new and dynamically compelling context, not by stripping the form of its tradition, but by pushing it: rhythmically, aesthetically and conceptually. Street, club and experimental dance forms - all of which are American dreams - awake to the sound of furious rhythms, and find their boundaries missing. Tap dance, America's most long-standing indigenous jazz vernacular, is here to receive its due.
"An odd, seemingly impossible marriage of tap and modern dance that came off edgy, seductive and smart." -The Chicago Tribune
The performance will include: Excerpts from the critically acclaimed SOUNDspace, an acoustic excerpt from ETM: The Initial Approach, and an excerpt from the critically acclaimed 2015 premiere, Myelination. For more information about the pieces, visit the dance ensemble's website.
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