Fancy footwork on display at Carolina

As part of the Arts Everywhere initative, tap dancer, choreographer and MacArthur 'Genius' grant winner Michelle Dorrance and her dance troupe joined soccer freestyling sensation Indi Cowie for a series of performances on campus this week.

This week, tap dancer, choreographer and MacArthur ‘Genius’ grant winner Michelle Dorrance and her dance troupe joined soccer freestyling sensation Indi Cowie for a series of performances at UNC-Chapel Hill.

The performances were part of Carolina’s Arts Everywhere initiative, which invests in sustained creative practice, live arts experiences and arts learning. The Arts Everywhere initiative this week launched a mobile app that will serve as a one-stop shop to connect the campus and the wider community to art experiences happening at Carolina.

Arts Everywhere is a strategic initiative that supports the Innovation Made Fundamental pillar of The Blueprint for Next framework and also a signature initiative in the University’s $4.25 billion fundraising effort, the Campaign for Carolina.

Beyond their performances this week, Dorrance and Cowie have another connection. Cowie was a member of the Carolina women’s soccer team and was coached by Anson Dorrance, who is Michelle Dorrance’s father.

“This is like a dream,” Dorrance said. “Indie’s a freestyler. We’re a group of improvisational dancers. I hope the crowds took away the fact that these things can have a conversation. These disciplines don’t have to be separate.”