Tap, Tap, Tap

Tapping the night away

Written by: Leah Siegel

Photo by: Christopher Duggan
Photo by: Leah Siegel

This week we went and saw Dorrance Dance, an award winning tap dance company based out of New York City. Dorrance Dance was founded in 2011 by Michelle Dorrance, “one of the most imaginative tap choreographers working today” (The New Yorker). She has been in STOMP, Derick Grant’s Imagine Tap, and Jason Samuels Smith’s Charlie’s Angels/Chasing the Bird. They performed three pieces: Jungle Blues, Three to One, and Myelination.

I have mixed feelings about the performance. I enjoyed it, but at the same time I was very confused by the performances. With such intriguing titles, I felt that the performances would be more clear and understandable. I couldn’t figure out what the story behind the dance moves and performance was.

However, the performers did an amazing job tapping and it was so fun to watch! It was very contemporary. There were so many moves I had never seen before. I have been to my fair share of dance recitals, so I have seen tap dancing before, but Dorrance Dance gave tap dancing a new meaning.

Photo by: Leah Siegel

It was so much more than just tap dancers tapping on a stage. There were musicians, instead of just playing prerecorded music. They also switched outfits for the different pieces. And they had special effects, like smoke and different lighting.

I was amazed at their physicality. They danced for 70 minutes straight. I can’t even walk for 70 minutes. It was quite amazing.

Although I had mixed feelings about the performance, I would recommend seeing them. It is a great Friday night activity! Check out their website for upcoming performances!

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