I’m excited to share more tap images from Jacob’s Pillow – this time switching focus from the performing artists onstage to the students at The School at Jacob’s Pillow’s tap program. The tap program was led by Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards and Michelle Dorrance.
TIRELESS: A Tap Dance Experience brought incredibly talented and passionate tap dancers from around the globe to Jacob’s Pillow. Michelle Dorrance of Dorrance Dance curated and initiated this program at the Pillow in collaboration with Director Pamela Tatge. Dorrance invited Reona and Takashi Seo of Japan, Jumaane Taylor and M.A.D.D. Rhythms of Chicago, Joe Orrach of San Francisco, and Joseph and Josette Wiggan of Los Angeles to the show to share their magic.
Michelle Dorrance is a killer performer, a skilled musician and brings positive energy to every space she presents work. It was a joy seeing her several times this summer, in several gorgeous performing arts venues – Vail International Dance Festival & Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival.
Outside the Ted Shawn Theater last night, I could hear the booming of the Dorrance Dance tap dancers on stage, their sound only dwarfed by the thunderous applause from the audience. They are all fantastic, the dancers and the musicians.
Last week I admitted that it took me six years to work up the courage to ask artists to spend time with me making dance portraits. When I finally did, I started making tons of photos. For the past three summers (2012, 2013 & 2014) I’ve asked dance artists at Jacob’s Pillow to join me in my Natural Light Studio to create beautiful photos together. These are just some of my favorites from last summer 2014.