Dormeshia’s surge of midcareer recognition continues. On Tuesday, the performer and choreographer was named because the winner of the 2021 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award, an honor that comes with an unrestricted money prize of $25,000. She can be celebrated for her “exceptional vision and achievement” at a digital gala on June 12.
“Dormeshia is quite simply one of the greatest tap dancers of our time,” Pamela Tatge, the creative and govt director of Jacob’s Pillow, stated in an announcement. “She is a radiant human being whose elegance, flair and generosity of spirit draws us to new heights of what’s possible in the tap form.”
“I feel that a win for me is a win for tap dance,” Dormeshia stated by electronic mail. The dancers who paved the best way for her — a lot of whom didn’t obtain the popularity they deserved — had been on the entrance of her thoughts when she received the information concerning the award, she added. “I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for their amazing talent and perseverance.”
The connection between Dormeshia and Jacob’s Pillow, in Becket, Mass., runs deep. She first appeared on the dance middle’s summer time pageant in 1993, at 17, as part of the Los Angeles firm Jazz Tap Ensemble. Two a long time later, she returned — as a dancer and a choreographer — for “The Blues Project” with the corporate Dorrance Dance. Her most up-to-date efficiency on the Pillow was a collaboration with Jason Samuels Smith and Derick Okay. Grant, “And Still You Must Swing,” in 2016.
Dormeshia’s lengthy profession as a dancemaker and performer — she started dancing professionally as a toddler — has additionally included a number of Broadway stints, movie work and educating. Critics reward her impeccable method, onstage confidence and talent to seamlessly combine faucet’s previous with its current.
“In her dancing, nothing is missing,” Brian Seibert wrote in The Times in 2019. “Music and motion are a unified impulse, a perfect whole, and every time she improvises, the history of tap meets its cutting edge.”
This is just the second time that a faucet artist has gained the Jacob’s Pillow award, which was established in 2007. The first recipient from the style, Michelle Dorrance, was honored in 2013. Ronald Okay. Brown and Camille A. Brown are among the many different notable latest winners.
As part of the approaching gala, Dormeshia will current an improvised piece accompanied by the pianist Idris Frederick, which was filmed on the Denzel Washington School of the Arts in Mount Vernon, N.Y., in May.