Dormeshia Sumbry Edwards
Photo by Eduardo Patino
Courtesy of Divine Rhythm Productions
Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards (Performer/Choreographer/Instructor) has been apart of almost every major Tap movie or show that has appeared in the history of tap dance since the 80's. She was most recently nominated for best actress and currently stars in the award-winning Independent film "The Rise and Fall of Miss Thang" which continues to tour film festivals. In addition to opening the Harlem Tap Studio in NYC, Mrs. Sumbry-Edwards continues to appear as a special guest for shows and festivals around the world. She was also elected to the Advisory Board as the Tap Advisor for Dance Magazine and the official Tap Spokesperson for Capezio along with her family, as well as being featured in their international advertising campaign.
Mrs. Sumbry-Edwards career includes acclaimed runs on Broadway and off-Broadway in shows such as Black and Blue, the Tony Award Winning 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), and Imagine Tap! (featured soloist). Other performances include the national tour of Wild Woman Blues and Debbie Allen's SAMMY (the life and times of Sammy Davis Jr.). Film credits include "TAP" with Gregory Hines, Spike Lee's "Bamboozled" (Assistant Choreographer), and "The Rodgers and Hart Story: Thou Swell, Thou Witty". Mrs. Sumbry-Edwards' choreography has been featured in TAAP: The Art & Appreciation of Percussion and was also utilized in Michael Jackson's music video "Rock Your World". She was also spotlighted in a commercial for Tops and is currently filming for MTV's hit television series MADE.
Grant brought out one of the world's
best female tappers, Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, for the festival last October and
considers it vital to inspire the next generation. "It's important to see
the greats. After all, if the kids can't see Shane Warne they're not going to
want to be a spinner."
-Fiona Scott-Norman, The Age (theage.com.au)
dance(s) with a zeal that is infectious.” – Tracy Lyon, talkinbroadway.com,
"The two real stars of the
evening, however, were the Americans Jason Samuels Smith and Dormeshia
Sumbry-Edwards, who both blew the audience away with their style, their
technique and their raw energy."
Simonetta Dixon, Ballet.co Magazine
deceptively petite but forceful, showed that she is a true jazz musician of the
Eva Yaa Asantewaa, Dance Magazine
“Smith, Glover and
the US's biggest female tap star, Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, who also made her
first trip to the UK this month, are all artists who idolise the original
hoofers of Harlem rather than the stars of the silver screen.”
- Lyndsey Winship, The Independent
“…a lot of the fiery footwork in the
touring "Noise/Funk" revival is coming from Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards,
a fine female tapper breaking into what was once a young boys' club.” -Chris Jones, Variety