The Spark with Tift Merritt: Michelle Dorrance

Registration for this event closes at 12 PM EDT on Thursday, April 8, 2021. Available on-demand for all ticketholders for 72 hours, beginning on April 8, 2021 at 7:30 PM EDT. 
Suggested ticket donation (per household) is $15. Tickets available starting at $0.

Join us for the sixth episode of The Spark with Tift Merritt, featuring Michelle Dorrance: world-renowned tap dancer, choreographer, founder and artistic director of Dorrance Dance, and Chapel Hill native. 

In this livestreamed series, Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter and UNC alumna Tift Merritt returns to Carolina Performing Arts to take us behind the scenes in artist-to-artist video interviews that delve deep into the creative process. 

On April 8, Tift will sit down with Dorrance for a livestreamed conversation touching on her career, hometown, and much more. A MacArthur “Genius Grant” recipient, Doris Duke Fellow, and Bessie Award winner, Dorrance’s influence on the dance community reaches far beyond her local roots. A graduate of NYU, Dorrance has danced in STOMP, taught at the Broadway Dance Center, and guest lectured at universities and tap festivals around the world. 

She has performed on the Carolina Performing Arts season numerous times, with performances that include The Blues Project with Toshi Reagon. Dorrance is committed not only to innovative performance, but also to contextualizing her craft, grounding her work in a deep history of tap from African-derived dances to contemporary greats.

Runtime: approximately 60 minutes, including audience Q&A. Recording of CPA virtual events is not permitted. Registration for this event closes at 12 PM EDT on April 8, 2021. If you have questions or concerns related to accessibility, please contact us. You can also check out our livestream events guide


Apr 08 2021


7:30 pm




Virtual Event
QR Code


Before you go...

Subscribe to The Weekender for local events, restaurant news, special offers and more.  

Scroll to Top