Tap dancer and choreographer Michela Marino Lerman and her band Love Movement will present a multidisciplinary musical experience inspired by Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Levels of Love” speech.

LIVE AT NATIONAL SAWDUST // 7PM DOORS
November 18, 2022
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Tap dancer and choreographer Michela Marino Lerman and her band Love Movement will present a multidisciplinary musical experience inspired by Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Levels of Love” speech. A collective of artists working at the intersection of jazz, tap, spirituals, and original music, Lerman and her band Love Movement will remind you of the power of love and its ability to endure all hardship. Lerman’s exploration of the seven levels of love–familial love, self-love and realization, protest, prayer, spiritual love, and romantic love–was motivated by her desire to create in service of community. The idea for Love Movement came to Lerman like a revelation, the lyrics and melodies pouring out of her while she was at a crossroads in life. The process of writing her own music carried Lerman through that pain, and now she shares this healing and cathartic experience with the world through Love Movement. Join Michela Marino Lerman and Love Movement for an evening of dance, music, and therapeutic release.

This performance will be accompanied by a “Musicians as Activists” talk. Check back here for more information.

Love Movement Bio

Love Movement is not your ordinary band.  This ensemble, led by tap dancer Michela Marino Lerman, is a hybrid of the highest levels of musicianship and hoofing.  This group incorporates original music, spirituals, jazz, traditional and electronic tap boards, which will surely challenge your thoughts, uplift, and send you dancing all the way home.  Love Movement reflects a journey through the seven levels of love we experience throughout life starting with familial love, self-love and realization, protest, prayer, spiritual love, and finally romantic love. Love Movement is an immersive musical experience that will leave the audience feeling moved and empowered.

Michela Marino Lerman Bio

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.

Lerman lives in New York City.

Nov 18

Michela Marino Lerman and her band Love Movement