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Woman in the Woods Productions’ Presents…

“Love Movement”

September 23rd, at 5pm
Tickets: $59

Doors open at 5pm for appetizers from the Orcas Hotel and the great sounds of the Oliver Groenewald and Steve Alboucq Quintet in the Madrona Room until 7pm.
Performance starts at 7pm.

“A hurricane of rhythm”
– Huffington Post

“An absolute tap dancing star.. who knows her roots.”
– Quincy Jones

“Improvisation, terrifying to many dancers, is the brier patch where Ms. Lerman thrives.”
– The New York Times


Michela Marino Lerman, winner of the 2019 Hoofer Award, is a globally sought after tap dance artist, performer, choreographer, band leader, educator and all-around creative spirit. The Huffington Post has called her a “hurricane of rhythm” and the NY Times has called her both a “prodigy” and has described her dancing as “flashes of brilliance.” Quincy Jones has said she is an “absolute tap dancing star who knows her roots.” She was proudly mentored by some of the masters of tap dance including Gregory Hines, Buster Brown, Leroy Myers, Peg Leg Bates, Marion Coles and Mable Lee.

Most recently Michela can be seen featured in the new US Postage Stamp series dedicated to the art form of Tap Dance. She recently was commissioned by the Joyce Theater to create and premiere her all new full length work “Once Upon A Time Called Now” in the spring of 2022. Additional performance highlights include Newport Jazz festival, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Marciac Jazz Festival, Joes Pub, Little Island, opening night of The Shed at the Hudson Yards, The Other Palace on London’s West End, and co-producing the documentary American Tap.

Love Movement, Lerman’s music project, is a hybrid of the highest levels of musicianship and hoofing. With original music, spirituals, jazz, traditional and electronic tap boards, Love Movement reflects a journey through the seven levels of love we experience throughout life. An immersive music experience, this work uplifts and empowers audiences and has been presented in venues including The Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.

Michela has had the honor of working with many masters throughout her career some of whom include Wynton Marsalis, Roy Hargrove, Anna Deavere Smith, Jon Batiste, Quincy Jones, Steve McQueen and many more. With a teaching career that was sparked by a master class she gave at age 15, Lerman has since taught in more than 15 countries, 30 tap and dance festivals, and numerous universities including Yale and Tulane. Sharing the rich history of tap dance through education is deeply rooted in all her work.