Sneak Preview: Michelle Dorrance's Latest Work

Back in May at our photo shoot for Dance Magazine's 90th-anniversary issue, we fell in love with Michelle Dorrance all over again. We've known for years that she's obviously gifted, but our jaws still dropped as she improvised on set, rattling off playful but rigorous strings of tap genius with the utmost ease. Now, she's got us drooling once more.


Today, Dorrance Dance released a teaser video on its YouTube channel, unveiling the tap mastermind's latest work, Myelination. Between the ridiculously fast rhythms, the time-warping floorwork and casual yet flawless group phrases, we're hooked. It's no wonder Dorrance made our list of The Most Influential People in Dance Today.

If you want to see the work in its entirety, mark your calendars now: Dorrance Dance premieres Myelination, the new, longer version of a 2015 piece by the same name, on October 2 and 3 at New York City Center's Fall for Dance Festival. All tickets—they're still just $15—go on sale this Sunday, September 10, at 11 am. And hurry, because they sell out every year just as quickly as Dorrance taps.

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Houston Ballet's "Dancing With Myself" Captures How We All Feel Right Now

What are dancers to do when they're still stuck at home in isolation? After all, there's only so much time you can spend taking barre, tackling your reading list (or Netflix queue) or ticking items off your to-do list. Even wistfully looking out the window has lost its appeal after a few months.

That's when you need a dance party—even it's for a party of one.

With its latest digital release, Houston Ballet tapped into our stir-crazy desperation and turned it into a celebration for 61 dancers shaking it in everything from PJs to formal gowns. Rehearsed entirely on Zoom and with choreography by artistic director Stanton Welch, "Dancing With Myself," set to the Billy Idol classic, is the #IFeelSeen moment dancers need right about now.