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Contemporary Tap Dance Comes to Weis Center Stage

Jan 18, 2016 04:21PM ● By Erica Shames

MacArthur “Genius” award recipient Michelle Dorrance will bring her tap dance company to the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University - Lewisburg, PA on Friday, January 29 at 7:30 p.m.

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

Multiple opportunities to interact with the artist

At 12 noon on the day of the performance, the Weis Center will host a free artist talk with Michelle Dorrance in the Weis Center lobby. The talk will be facilitated by Bucknell Professor Dustyn Martincich.

There will be a post-performance Q&A with the artist in the Weis Center lobby.

Michelle will also lead a free 90-minute tap dance class for all ages on Wednesday, Jan. 27 at 5 p.m. on the Weis Center stage. The class is open to the public, however students should have at least two years of tap dance experience. RSVPs are required for the free class – call 570-577-3727 or email and include the student’s name, age, and years of experience.

About Michelle Dorrance and Dorrance Dance

Michelle Dorrance is a New York City based tap dancer, performer, choreographer, teacher and director. She founded Dorrance Dance in 2011 after devoting 30 years to studying and performing tap dance.

In fall 2015, she was named a MacArthur Fellow by the MacArthur Foundation. The Fellowship, often called a MacArthur “Genius” award, comes a $625,000 stipend given over the course of five years, no strings attached.

A 2014 Alpert Award winner, 2013 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award winner, 2012 Princess Grace Award Winner, 2012 Field Dance Fund Recipient, and 2011 Bessie Award Winner, Michelle is the Founder and Artistic Director of Dorrance Dance/New York.

Michelle embodies a true passion for teaching and strives to share this passion wherever she goes. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from NYU, played bass for Darwin Deez, teaches on faculty at Broadway Dance Center, is a Capezio Athlete and has been featured on the covers of Dance Magazine and Dance Teacher Magazine.

She's been lauded by The New Yorker as “one of the most imaginative tap choreographers working today.”

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.

Michelle’s choreography has been featured on stages throughout the world as well as in a high-fashion short film for Tabitha Simmons’ 2011 Fall line.

The Chicago Tribune says of the ensemble, “An odd, seemingly impossible marriage of tap and modern dance that came off edgy, seductive and smart.”

The tour engagement of Dorrance Dance is made possible by a grant from Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation as part of its ArtsCONNECT program with support from the National Endowment of the Arts.


Tickets for the performance are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors 62+, $15 for youth 18 and under, $15 for Bucknell employees and retirees (limit 2), $10 for Bucknell students (limit 2), and $15 for non-Bucknell college students (limit 2). Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 570-577-1000.

Please note that chamber seating will be offered for this performance in the main auditorium only; the balcony will be closed.

Tickets are also available in person from several locations including the Weis Center lobby (weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and the CAP Center Box Office, located on the ground floor of the Elaine Langone Center (weekdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.).

For more information about this performance contact Lisa Leighton, marketing and outreach director, at 570-577-3727 or

The next event in the Weis Center’s 2015-16 Series is a free world music performance by Gamelan Dharma Swara on Saturday, February 6 at 7:30 p.m, at the Weis Center. Patrons are encouraged to come early for a blessing of the instruments and performance space at 6 p.m. and a reception at 7 p.m.

For more information about the Weis Center for the Performing Arts, visit or

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