Michelle Dorrance is the founder and artistic director of Dorrance Dance and one of the most sought after tap dancers of her generation based in New York City. Michelle grew up studying dance at The Ballet School of Chapel Hill, founded by her mother, former professional ballet dancer, M’Liss Gary Dorrance. Mentored by Gene Medler, Michelle grew up performing with the North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble and has since performed with: STOMP, Savion Glover’s & Ti Dii, Manhattan Tap, Barbara Duffy & Co, JazzTap Ensemble, Rumba Tap, Ayodele Casel’s Diary of a Tap Dancer, Mable Lee’s Dancing Ladies, Harold Cromer’s original Opus One, Derick Grant’s Imagine Tap and Jason Samuels Smith’s Charlie’s Angels/Chasing the Bird. She is the founder and artistic director of Dorrance Dance and one of the most sought after tap dancers of her generation. Michelle’s choreography has been featured on stages throughout the world.
Michelle is a 2014 Alpert Award winner, 2013 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award winner, 2012 Princess Grace Award Winner, 2012 Field Dance Fund Recipient, and 2011 and 2015 Bessie Award Winner.