Margaret Morrison


Margaret Morrison is a rhythm tap soloist, choreographer, playwright, and researcher who performs and teaches across the US, Europe and Brazil. She is a graduate of Barnard College and received her MFA in Dance from the American Dance Festival/Hollins University. Her creative performance projects and scholarly research explore gender, race, social meaning, and history in tap dance. Margaret recently wrote, starred, and tap danced in her first play “Home In Her Heart,” which ran for eight months in New York City, and she is developing several new tap-theater works, including one on Alberta Whitman of the Whitman Sister’s Troupe. Margaret’s research on tap has been published by Dance Research Journal and in a forthcoming anthology, Dancing the African Diaspora, edited by Thomas F. DeFrantz. She began her performing career in 1986 as a founding member of the American Tap Dance Orchestra, directed by Brenda Bufalino. As a soloist and choreographer, Margaret’s work has been performed at the Joyce, Avery Fisher Hall, the Duke, Symphony Space, Town Hall, PS 122, and the Nuyorican Poets Café. She has been hailed by critics as "feather-footed and musically astute," and a "consummate artist who breaks the mold.” In her role as Education Advisor of the American Tap Dance Foundation, she over-sees the ATDF’s Tap Teacher Trainings and Tap City, the New York City Tap Festival. She has been a member of the Barnard Dance Department faculty since 1997, teaching tap technique, a history course "Tap as an American Art Form," and “Tap Ensemble and Composition.” Visit


Tap I

Tap II


Tap Ensemble

Tap As An American Art Form