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North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble (NCYTE) presents "Regeneration"

The North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble (NCYTE) is proud to present: “Regeneration” – a beautiful and exciting expression of nostalgia. Produced by its senior members, “Regeneration” explores the past, present, and future of this historic company and the dancers’ personal experiences told through the art of tap dance. This annual showcase features the company’s 34 talented members, ages 8-18, from all over North Carolina, joined by esteemed alum and MacArthur Genius Awardee, Michelle Dorrance!

About NCYTE: Founded in 1982 by Gene Medler, NCYTE is currently under the artistic direction of Emily Shoemaker. The company, hailed as “The Premier Youth Ensemble in the World,” has traveled throughout the country, as well as ventured to destinations such as Brazil, China, and Mexico. This pre-professional nonprofit company of dancers commands the stage with choreography from their impressive repertoire, showcasing pieces from some of the most talented tap dancers of all time. Works by Brenda Bufalino, Michelle Dorrance, The Condos Brothers, Ayodele Casel, and more will be presented alongside a live jazz trio and vocalist.

Michelle Dorrance Bio:

Michelle Dorrance is a New York City-based artist. Mentored by Gene Medler (North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble), she was fortunate to study under many of the last master hoofers. Career highlights include:

STOMP, Derick Grant’s Imagine Tap!, Jason Samuels Smith’s Charlie’s Angels/Chasing the Bird, Ayodele Casel’s Diary of a Tap Dancer, Mable Lee’s Dancing Ladies, and playing the bass for Darwin Deez. Company work includes: Savion Glover’s Ti Dii, Manhattan Tap, Barbara Duffy and Co., JazzTap Ensemble, and Rumba Tap. Solo work ranges from The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to commissions for the Martha Graham Dance Company, Vail Dance Festival, American Ballet Theatre, and New York City Center. Michelle made her Broadway choreographic debut with James Lapine’s Flying Over Sunset at Lincoln Center Theater in 2021. A 2018 Doris Duke Artist, 2017 Ford Foundation Art of Change Fellow, and 2015 MacArthur Fellow, Dorrance is humbled to have been acknowledged and supported by United States.