The founder and director of Dorrance Dance, Michelle Dorrance, received the 2013 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award and has been lauded as one of today’s most imaginative tap choreographers. She grew up performing with the North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble under the direction of Gene Medler, and has since performed in STOMP and with the companies of Savion Glover and Jason Samuels Smith among many others. The work seen here was partially created at the Pillow, and it pioneers a system of sampling the dancers’ own taps as part of the sound score. ETM: The Initial Approach was first seen in a two-week world premiere engagement, following directly on the heels of Dorrance’s 2013 collaboration with Toshi Reagon, The Blues Project. A further development of the work seen here was presented in 2016 as ETM: Double Down.
EXPLORE BRIAN SEIBERT’S MULTIMEDIA ESSAY ON MICHELLE DORRANCE