Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards is known for setting high standards in the world of Tap Dance. Tap coach to the king of pop Michael Jackson over the course of 11 years, she received a Bessie Award for her featured performance in Jason Samuels Smith & Company at the Joyce, and an Astaire Award for Best Female Performer for her featured performance in Broadway’s After Midnight. She is currently on the board as the Tap Advisor for Dance Magazine and was
the official Tap Spokesperson for Capezio being featured in their international advertising campaign. Performances include Tony award winning productions on Broadway such as After Midnight, Black and Blue and Bring In Da’Noise, Bring In Da’Funk; International Tour of Bring in Da’Noise, Bring in Da’Funk (dance captain/principal dancer/understudy to the lead role); national tour of Wild Woman Blues; and Debbie Allen’s SAMMY (the life and times of Sammy Davis Jr.). She most recently performed as a special guest at NJPAC with Grammy Recording Artist and fellow After Midnight star Fantasia. She is also a Co-Choreographer/Creator/Soloist of The Blues Project with Dorance Dance. Mrs. Sumb- ry-Edwards was also nominated for Best Actress for the starring role in The Rise and Fall of Miss Thang (Lavender House Films) that toured film festivals nationwide. Other notable film credits include TAP with Gregory Hines; Spike Lee’s Bamboozled (Assistant Choreographer/actress); and The Rodgers and Hart Story: Thou Swell, Thou Witty. Mrs. Sumb- ry-Edwards’ choreography has been featured in national and international stages as well as in Michael Jackson’s music video “You Rock My World”; and in weekly shows at the world famous Cotton Club in Harlem.