Dormeshia returns to the Joyce Theater this summer with RHYTHM IS LIFE

Dormeshia returns to the Joyce Theater this summer with RHYTHM IS LIFE

The Joyce Theater Foundation will welcome the return of percussive dance and one of its greatest superstars this summer with the world premiere of Rhythm is Life. A tribute to both the art form she masters and life itself, Dormeshia’s latest work will be on view at the Joyce Theater from July 26-31. Tickets ranging in price from $10 to $65 can be purchased at www.Joyce.org or by calling JoyceCharge at 212-242-0800. Please note: ticket prices are subject to change. The Joyce Theater is located at 175 Eighth Avenue on West 19th Street. For more information and information on the Joyce Theater’s detailed health and safety protocols, including required face coverings and proof of vaccination guidelines, visit www.Joyce.org.

Dormeshia, the name for all things tap, makes a triumphant return to personal performances at The Joyce with the world premiere of her latest electrifying creation, Rhythm is Life. Following on from her critically acclaimed 2019 production of And Still You Must Swing, Dormeshia’s latest piece of percussive perfection draws from life’s collective pulse to create a meditative journey of music and dance. Together with a group of magnetic dancers and a live band, the dynamic Dormeshia creates a sensual kaleidoscope that is universal and invites everyone to find their very own groove.

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ABOUT DORMESHIA

Dormeshia has been a part of almost every major tap film or show since the 1980s. Awards include an Astaire Award for Best Performance in After Midnight on Broadway; Bessie Awards for Outstanding Performance (Jason Samuels Smith at the Joyce Theatre) and Outstanding Choreography (The Blues Project); The Hoofer Prize; the Princess Grace Prize; and the cover of Dance Magazine. In addition to opening Harlem Tap Studios, Dormeshia continues to appear as a special guest at performances and festivals around the world. She was elected to the advisory board as Tap Advisor for Dance Magazine and served as the official tap spokesperson for Capezio along with her family. She was also the private tap teacher of the legendary Michael Jackson for 11 years. Dormeshia’s career includes acclaimed performances on and off Broadway in Black and Blue, the Tony Award-winning Bring in ‘da Noise, Bring in ‘da Funk and Imagine Tap! as well as national tours by Wild Woman Blue and Debbie Allen’s SAMMY. and the Freedom Sounds Festival, which opened the Smithsonian African-American Museum. Her films include TAP with Gregory Hines, Spike Lee’s Bamboozled and The Rodgers and Hart Story: Thou Swell, Thou Witty. Choreography credits include Michael Jackson’s “Rock My World” music video, Apollo Club Harlem and The Sophisticated Ladies, shown weekly at the world famous Cotton Club.

The Joyce Theater Foundation (“The Joyce,” Executive Director, Linda Shelton), a not-for-profit organization, has proudly served the dance community for nearly four decades. Led by founders Cora Cahan and Eliot Feld, the Ballet Tech Foundation acquired and renovated the Elgin Theater in Chelsea. It opened in 1982 as The Joyce Theater and was named in honor of Joyce Mertz, the beloved daughter of LuEsther T. Mertz. LuEsther’s clear, fearless foresight and generous generosity made the construction of the theater conceivable and ultimately possible. Ownership was secured by The Joyce in 2015. One of the few theaters built by dancers to dance, the theater has provided an intimate and elegant home for over 400 US and international companies. The Joyce has also expanded its reach beyond its Chelsea home with off-site presenting at venues ranging from the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center to the Invisible Dog Art Center in Brooklyn and outdoor programs in spaces like the Hudson River Park range. To further support the creation of new work, The Joyce maintains long-standing commission and residency programs. Local students and teachers (K-12th grade) benefit from its school program, and families and adults are brought closer to dancing through access to artists. Approximately 48 weeks long, Joyce’s annual dance season now includes over 340 performances – both digital and in person – for more than 150,000 viewers.

The Joyce Theater presents the return of tap dynamo Dormeshia in the world premiere of Rhythm is Life July 26-31. The schedule is as follows: Tue-Wed 7:30pm; Thu-Fri 8 p.m.; Sat 2pm & 8pm; Sun 2 p.m. Tickets ranging in price from $10 to $65 can be purchased at www.Joyce.org or by calling JoyceCharge at 212-242-0800. Please note: ticket prices are subject to change. The Joyce Theater is located at 175 Eighth Avenue on West 19th Street. For more information and information on the Joyce Theater’s detailed health and safety protocols, including required face coverings and proof of vaccination guidelines, visit www.Joyce.org.

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