Dorrance Dance Brings 21st-Century Tap Dancing to the Wallis

October 11, 2017 | By Benn Widdey | Category: Theater and Dance

Dorrance Dance / Photo by Matthew Murphy

Rarely does a dance artist come around that revolutionizes the art form, but Michelle Dorrance and her company, Dorrance Dance, are doing just that. They’ll be presenting their award-winning wares at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts (the Wallis) in Beverly Hills this Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 12-14, at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee on Saturday at 2 p.m.

Described in promotional materials as “blasting open our notion of tap,” the company honors tap traditions while pushing forward rhythmically, aesthetically and conceptually into a new 21st-century idiom. The program includes a new, fully extended West Coast premiere version of “Myelination” with original live music, the rarely seen award-winning “Three to One” and a revival of the whimsical “Jungle Blues.”

The company has received countless accolades and rave reviews and has performed all over the world. Dorrance has been awarded citations ranging from a 2015 MacArthur Genius Award, a 2014 Alpert Award, a 2013 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award, a 2012 Princess Grace Award winner and Bessie Awards in 2011 and 2015.

The New York Times says: “With each performance of Dorrance Dance, tap expands.”

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The Bram Goldsmith Theater in the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts is located at 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills 90210. Tickets are $45-$125 and can be purchased at http://tickets.thewallis.org/single/PSDetail.aspx?psn=10270.

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