When Art Can Heal

Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards in “And Still You Must Swing.” Photo by Christopher Duggan

Tap-dance great Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards borrowed the title “And Still You Must Swing” from dancer Jimmy Slyde to express her frustration that, too often, tap dancers are great technicians, but they lack musicality. Watching them she asked herself, “Why don’t I feel anything?” Her response was to create an evening of tap at Jacob’s Pillow last week that was full of feeling — exuberant, joyful, and at times, full of sorrow.

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