“With each performance of Dorrance Dance, tap expands.” – The New York Times
Dorrance Dance is an award-winning tap dance company based out of New York City. The company’s work aims to honor tap dance’s uniquely beautiful history. Founder and artistic director Michelle Dorrance is a MacArthur “Genius Grant” winning American tap dancer, performer, choreographer, teacher and director.
Before forming her company, Dorrance danced with the North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble and other tap groups, and she toured with “Stomp,” the percussive-dance and street-theater production whose performers make music from brooms, matchboxes, toilet plungers and other humble objects. That show’s openness to possibilities has stayed with her, along with the “yes, and” philosophy of improvisation — the practice of accepting whatever your partner offers, and building on it.
ABOUT THE WILLIAM H. GILE TRUST CONCERT SERIES
The William H. Gile Trust was created by Helen B. Gile in 1952. She left a legacy of more than $700,000 to finance a free concert series in Concord, New Hampshire in memory of her father, William H. Gile. Helen Gile stipulated that the trust funds were to be managed by what is now Citizens Bank, and that the selection of shows “of the highest type in all respects” was to be made by a committee of three local citizens.
After much planning, the first William H. Gile Concert Series was held during the 1960-61 show season, and, over 55 years later, we are happy to now call the Capitol Center for the Arts our home.
The Selection Committee strives to present a diverse offering of performance types, to include some shows that are suitable for children, and to expose the community to performances that they might otherwise not have a chance to see. Please let us know if you have any ideas for future shows.
If you would like to make a tax-deductible gift to help the William H. Gile Trust continue to provide free concerts for years to come, please contact Nicole Herbst in the Citizen’s Bank Trust Department at (603) 634-7737.