By Laila Fatimi
The $25,000 annual Jacob's Pillow award was just given to Michelle Dorrance, who was recognized for her new, but still classic tap pieces. The award is given each year to a more than deserving choreographer who has moved the dance world forward. Michelle Dorrance is known for pushing the envelope on new ideas in the tap world, but sticking to classic technique at the same time.
In 2011, Dorrance established her own tap company called Dorrance Dance. The ensemble performs a variety of styles, from blues pieces, to comical ones. The rhythms are fast, but musical, and are never off the beat. Dorrance and her company will be performing with Toshi Reagon, a blues musician, at the Jacob’s Pillow Festival starting July 24th and through the 28th.
The award winner is able to use the $25,000 for however they think their company will benefit best from the money. Dorrance will be accepting her award this summer, on June 15th, at Jacobs Pillow where she will also be accepting the other prize connected to the award; a glass sculpture by Tom Patti. There, she will also be performing with American Idol contestant, Aaron Marcellus.
With the Jacob's Pillow award, Michelle Dorrance will push the dance world forward to make it an even more intricate cherished art form.