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Chapter 5

Dormeshia

And Still You Must Swing (Excerpts)

For everyone 8 and up

Hailed “the most moving dance show of the year” by The New York Times, And Still You Must Swing brings together three of the best tap dancers in the world—Dormeshia, who leads the project alongside Derick K. Grant and Jason Samuels Smith—to capture the heart and legacy of tap dance and honor the jazz roots of this American art form.

Choreographed by

Dormeshia

Featuring dancers

Dormeshia, Camille A. Brown, Derick K. Grant and Jason Samuels Smith

Additional Credits

Hosted by
Penelope McCourty

Sign Language Interpretation provided by
Hands On, Inc.

Interpreter Director
John McGinty

Sign Language Interpreter
José Gomez

Audio Description provided by
Laura H. Congleton

Archival video of And Still You Must Swing
Filmed at The Joyce Theater

Learn & Engage

About the Company

Dormeshia collaborated with fellow dancers Jason Samuels Smith, Derick K. Grant and Camille A. Brown, as well as musicians Carmen Staaf, Winard Harper, Noah Garabedian and Gabriel Roxbury, in order to bring this work back to life at The Joyce in 2019.

From the Choreographer
And Still You Must Swing is a celebration of tap dance and jazz music, the relationship between the two, and the influence of their African roots.

Inspiration for this work was actually a direct result of several informal conversations that took place between my fellow tap community leaders, Jason Samuels Smith and Derick K. Grant, about the evident lack of swing in tap dance and jazz music of today. And Still You Must Swing is my natural artistic response to the missing acknowledgment of the foundation of tap dance as we know it, by paying homage to the greatness of the groove, and that is to swing.

Dormeshia
July 2020

Choreographer Bio
Dormeshia is a two-time Bessie Award winner (as performer and choreographer), Princess Grace Award and Astaire Award for Best Female Performer in Broadway’s After Midnight. Additional Broadway credits include Black and Blue and Bring In Da’Noise, Bring In Da’Funk. Dormeshia was integral to Noise/Funk’s international tour (dance captain/principal) and performed as special guest for Grammy Award-winning artist Fantasia and International Jazz Day featuring the legendary Al Jarreau and Dee Dee Bridgewater. Film credits include TAP with Gregory Hines, Spike Lee’s Bamboozled (assistant choreographer/actress) and The Rise and Fall of Miss Thang (Best Lead Actress nomination). Choreography credits include Michael Jackson’s Rock My World, The Cotton Club’s Sophisticated Ladies, The Blues Project (co-choreographer/creator) and Jacob’s Pillow debut And Still You Must Swing (The New York Times’ Best Dance of 2016). She is currently the Director of the Jacob’s Pillow Tap Program and Artistic Director of Tap Family Reunion. With over 30 years touring the world, she also spent 11 years as Michael Jackson’s tap instructor.

For Educators: Summer Partnership

As part of our free Summer Education Partnership, schools and camps receive access to Teacher Resources like Classroom Workshops and our New Victory School Tool Resource Guide.

Watch a Talk-Back Video

Join Dormeshia as she answers questions about her work submitted by summer camp kids and families watching New Victory Dance.

Audio-Described Talk-Back

About New Victory Dance

A celebration of dance in all its forms, our annual summer dance series features exciting NYC dance companies alongside unique opportunities to see and engage in a wide variety of dance styles.

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Dormeshia in And Still You Must Swing
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Support

New Victory Dance Supporters

New Victory Dance is supported, in part, by a generous grant from the Blavatnik Family Foundation in honor of Dawdie Appelson, a teacher, arts enthusiast and life-long supporter of the performing arts.

Jody and John Arnhold | Arnhold Foundation | Howard Gilman Foundation | Harkness Foundation for Dance | Mertz Gilmore Foundation | public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council | the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature | The Jerome Robbins Foundation