Community, Profiles

Our Community – Lisa La Touche

By Miranda Botto
2 min read | May 17, 2023

At DJD, we pride ourselves on having so many incredible people who share our space with us. We want to highlight these people who are a part of our family and make our community whole. This monthly blog series will focus on the artists themselves and celebrate their incredible accomplishments.

We couldn’t think of a better way to kick it off than with Lisa La Touche!

As a proud Canadian and New Yorker, Lisa’s credits are world renowned. She was an original cast member in Broadway’s Shuffle Along, choreographed by Savion Glover and Directed by George C. Wolfe, where she received both the Fred Astaire Award and the Actor’s Equity Award for Outstanding Broadway Chorus. Her TV credits include the 70th Annual Tony Awards and Amazon’s Original “Z, The beginning of everything”. Previous highlights have also included touring with the Savion Glover production, Stepz, and also performing with both New York’s Off-Broadway and the North American touring casts of STOMP. Since 2010 she has run her own performance company Tap Phonics and has been commissioned to present for such organizations such as The Brooklyn Museum, 92Y, Gibney Dance and Fall For Dance North. As an educator and Professor she has taught for PACE University, NYU, The School of Jacob’s Pillow, University of Calgary, Decidedly Jazz Danceworks, Rosie’s Theater Kids and member of the creative council for the American Tap Dance Foundation. Her most recent endeavour has been writing and directing her debut film TRAX encompassing her journey back to Alberta while discovering important local black history. Above all, her proudest achievement greatest inspiration, is the gift of being a mom.

Check out our interview with Lisa from April 2023, along with some improvised tap that she performed for us.


Improvised Tap:

Reference Links:

Lisa La Touche

Jimmy Slyde

Jeni LeGon

James “Buster” Brown

Harold J. Cromer (Harold “Stumpy” Cromer)

Broadway Show – Shuffle Along

Langston Hughes ?

Savion Glover

Gregory Hines 

Ayodele Casel

Dianne Walker 

The Original Hoofers 

Michelle Torrance and Torrance Dance

American Tap Dance Foundation