Catch the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company performing Analogy/Dora: Tramontane (2015) in St. Louis; Akron, OH; Fairfax, VA; Pittsburgh; and New York City.

Dance Theatre of Harlem brings mixed repertory this month to Elmira, NY; Charleston, SC; Washington, DC; Atlanta; and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

See one of three different programs, including the high-tech ETM: Double Down (2016), when Dorrance Dance performs October 5–21 in Washington, DC; Ottawa; and Ann Arbor, MI.

In October Jessica Lang Dance shares The Wanderer (2014) and Thousand Yard Stare (2016) with Kansas City, MO; Princeton, NJ; and Vancouver, BC.

Jessica Lang Dance in Thousand Yard Stare

Mark Morris Dance Group premieres Morris’ Layla and Majnun in Berkeley, CA, September 30–October 2. Performances in Seattle; Ann Arbor, MI; and NYC round out the company’s tour schedule in October.

Enjoy MOMIX’s American Southwest–inspired Opus Cactus in Fort Collins, CO; Boulder, CO; Gillette, WY; Billings, MT; Logan UT; Edmonds, WA; Leavenworth, WA; and Bellingham, WA.

MOMIX in Opus Cactus

Photos (from top): by Rosalie O'Connor, courtesy of Jessica Lang Dance; by Charles Azzopardi, courtesy of MOMIX

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Jacob’s Pillow Dance Interactive

Check out rare footage filmed at Jacob’s Pillow, America’s longest running dance festival, dating as far back as the 1930s. From the celebration of the male dancer in Ted Shawn’s Men Dancers to the present-day tap dance pyrotechnics of Dorrance Dance, this is a diverse collection you can rarely find in one location.

A screenshot of 3e Scène

3e Scène

Immerse yourself in the heart of Paris through Paris Opéra Ballet’s virtual arts platform 3e Scène (3rd Stage). Its numerous videos feature original work by choreographers, visual artists, filmmakers, photographers, writers and musicians, often showcasing the company dancers or the Palais Garnier opera house. New content is uploaded periodically.

New York Public Library’s Jerome Robbins Dance Division Audio and Moving Image Archive

The New York Public Library has a gold mine of more than 25,000 film and video titles, where you can discover dance treasures like the career highlights of Mikhail Baryshnikov, the choreographic investigations of game changers like Yvonne Rainer, archival footage of the legendary Denishawn dance school and many performances by the Merce Cunningham Dance Company.

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The American Dance Institute, located in Rockville, Maryland, has a new scholarship program designed to increase racial diversity in dance. The program provides financial assistance to dancers ages 12 to 18 pursuing dance training at pre-professional institutions around the country. Scholarships of up to $5,000 per year go toward tuition, housing, transportation, clothing and shoes.

The ADI Future Artists Initiative is application-based. Forty pre-professional dance schools nominate up to 10 students each. A minimum of eight students will be awarded scholarships. The first group of recipients will be announced this month.

Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards and Derick K. Grant perform with Dorrance Dance at the American Dance Institute as part of their 2015–16 season.

Photo by Christopher Duggan, courtesy of American Dance Institute

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Michelle Dorrance

Last we checked in with Michelle Dorrance (DT, May 2012), she had been named a 2015 MacArthur Fellow, an honor that came with a no-strings-attached $625,000 grant. Since then, tap dance’s leading lady has been busy! Last night, she premiered her most recent endeavor ETM: Double Down, an evening-length show created in collaboration with dancer and percussionist Nicholas Van Young.

This wasn’t your average tap show. The performers danced on specialized platforms created by Van Young that not only amplified their taps, but also responded with a variety of synthesized sounds. Each movement sparked a different auditory response which, when contextualized in Dorrance’s brilliant choreography, made for an extremely synchronous experience as an audience member, both visually and audibly. It was a sensory sensation.

Nicholas Van Young

Dorrance’s choreography and use of technology really launched tap dance into the next millennium. Along with the musical platforms, the performance contained electronic looping, body percussion, drums, cello, chains, a vocal performance by Aaron Marcellus and the awesome physical feats of B-girl Ephrat Asherie.

Perhaps most impressive, though, was Michelle Dorrance herself. The woman sure can tap! From lightning-speed improvisational solos to the soft pulse of a simple toe to floor, she really pulled me into her performance.

Dorrance Dance will be at The Joyce Theater in NYC through Sunday.

(L-R) Demi Remick, Karida Griffith, Gregory Richardson, Warren Craft, Caleb Teicher and Michelle Dorrance

Photos by Christopher Duggan, courtesy of Dorrance Dance

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