Another dancer who’s breaking out is Michelle Dorrance, the current sweetheart of the tap world. Her super chops and mischievous style landed her on our cover in May 2008, and now she’s surging ahead as a choreographer. She’s taken her own flair for drama—eyes glancing sideways as though looking out for danger or fun—and extended it to her group pieces. We asked tap expert and New York Times reviewer Brian Seibert to trace her choreographic path in “Sounding Off.”
At right: “Gina” at our photo shoot. Photo by Matthew Karas.
We love to interview dance artists like Gina and Michelle at their big breakthrough moments. But what about those at the beginning of their careers? When you are just starting out you don’t have the range of choices they have, but you are hungry to dance. The question may come up, “When should you dance for free?” Siobhan Burke, former Dance Magazine associate editor (now a contributing writer), asked four freelance dancers this question. Some have flexible jobs that allow them to accept interesting dance offers that don’t pay well, while others have drawn the line and won’t accept nonpaying gigs. Ideally we would all get paid for our time and talent…but sometimes dancers just wanna dance.
Wendy Perron, Editor in Chief