Founded in 2011 by artistic director and 2015 MacArthur Fellow, Michelle Dorrance, Dorrance Dance honors tap dance’s uniquely beautiful history in a new, dynamic, and compelling context.
Program: ETM: Double Down – Using original tap “instruments” designed by 2014 Bessie Award Winner Nicholas Van Young, the score is not simply danced to, but danced BY the company. With the right programming, the sound of a single footfall can range from a snare drum to a note on an arpeggio.

Kentucky Center Community Conversation
Louisville’s Got Rhythm: The story of Louisville’s famed vaudeville duo Buck & Bubbles
Wednesday, January 23, 2019 // 7:00pm – 7:30pm
Frazier Lobby, The Brown Theatre
Featuring Michael L. Jones, local author and journalist
Presented in partnership with the Kentucky Music Heritage Foundation and the National Jug Band Jubilee

Vaudeville tap-dance team “Buck and Bubbles,” or Ford “Buck” Washington and John “Bubbles” Sublett, met in a Louisville bowling alley in the early 1900’s and went on to make history. As a duo they were the first black performers to perform at Radio City Music Hall, and “Bubbles” is regarded as the “father of rhythm tap”. Join us as Michael L. Jones tells their tale and how their significant contribution to tap and entertainment influenced dancers of today.

NOTE: patrons attending talk, must have a ticket to the 8pm Dorrance Dance performance in The Brown Theatre

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