This week we had the pleasure of watching Dorrance Dance at Krannert. I had never seen tap dancing before, so I was eager to see what it would be like.
By Janarth Dheenadhayalan
This was our first performance while the sun was still out. It was a nice change of pace.
I initially sat at the wrong seat because I did not go to the balcony. I had the fortunate coincidence of sitting next to some people who were familiar with the performers in Dorrance Dance and they were talking about their experiences. Unfortunately, I eventually had to relocate to the balcony which put me significantly farther back.
Dorrance Dance featured three dances. The first was a jazzy piece with many elements from American swing dancing. This one was by far my favorite. It featured set pieces by each of the performers, and I enjoyed seeing the different styles of swing dancing. The second dance was a slightly more modern dance that initially featured 3 performers before it became a solo. This was slightly less interesting to me because it was a bit too modern for my taste. The final dance was quite lengthy and was difficult for me to understand.
Overall I found that tap was a unique way to express emotions through performance arts. In many ways, tap dancing sits perfectly between music and dance, because the performers dance to create music. I would love to see another performance like this one.