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.”