A New Class of MacArthur Grant Recipient

If you haven't experienced the brilliance of renowned tap dancer Michelle Dorrance, check out this video below.  The clip says it all.

Michelle Dorrance is one of the most sought after tap dancers of her generation. Hailing from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, she has been tap dancing since the age four and performing since the age eight. Dorrance has been on the faculty board at Broadway Dance Center since 2002 and has taught as a guest faculty member at Steps on Broadway, Peridance, Duke University, NYU, and more. If you aren't already impressed, for the past four years, Dorrance has performed in the Off-Broadway sensation, STOMP.

Recently, Dorrance's dedication in demanding respect for the overlooked art form tap dance has earned her the "Genius Grant" of the Chicago-based John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.  As one of this year's recipients, Dorrance will receive a $625,000 grant over the course of five years to do with as she sees fit.  This award will allow her to continue to dance and choreograph, experiment and learn, teach and create new wondrous works of art.

Much like the work of artists like Michelle Dorrance, we study, work, create art, and live our lives to the fullest every day.  For then we feel the greatest serenity at the end of the day, whether or not our efforts are recognized by anyone!

 

Congrats, Michelle!

 

Sources:
Author, Tap Dancer, Sociologist Among 'Genius Grant' Winners
MacArthur Foundation website
Michelle Dorrance: Tap Dancer, Teacher, Choreographer