Whether he finds it in a Chance The Rapper track, Bach, West Side Story or a silent room, Caleb Teicher is driven by rhythm. Zooming through high school then on to fast-found critical acclaim for his tap dancing, Caleb is just at the beginning of his ambitious road. Beyond daily practice of dance, he is compelled by tight relationships within the percussion community as well as the healing space of social dance. Amidst a widespread love of tap dance that is shifting arts programming, Caleb shares what makes tap dance special and what he intends to bring to it.
Caleb Teicher, known for “mixing super-charged energy with tossed-off charm” (The New Yorker), is an acclaimed choreographer, performer, and teacher based in New York City.
Caleb began his dance career as a founding member of Michelle Dorrance’s celebrated company, DorranceDance, in 2011. He was awarded a 2011 Bessie Award for Outstanding Individual Performance for Michelle Dorrance and Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards’ A Shared Evening at Danspace Project, and he continues to perform with the company. Other favorite performance credits include The Chase Brock Experience, Syncopated City Dance Company, The Bang Group, iLuminate, West Side Story (Int’l Tour and London), and Irma La Douce (City Center Encores).
Currently an artist-in-residence at the American Tap Dance Foundation, he makes concert dance work under the banner of Caleb Teicher & Company. CT&Co has been presented by the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival Inside/Out Series, Queens College, LaMaMa E.T.C., The Yard on Martha's Vineyard, Jersey Tap Festival, The 92nd Street Y, Gibney Dance, Queens College, and many others.
Caleb also works as a choreographer and collaborator for interdisciplinary work. Favorite collaborative credits include directing A Very Brief History of the United States at the Kennedy's Center Millennium Stage, and choreographing Ga(y)ze as part of NYU's Site-Specific Festival. Commissions include The Most Wonderful Time for Chicago Tap Theater, House Points for the Peridance Certificate Program, Posin’ for the Tap City Youth Ensemble, and Senior Thesis solos at Pace University and Barnard College. Caleb has also worked as Associate Director or Associate Choreographer to Chase Brock, Bill T. Jones, Al Blackstone, and Joe Salvatore on dance and theater projects.
Caleb teaches tap and theater dance at Steps on Broadway and Broadway Dance Center and continues to teach workshops and guest classes at various schools and festivals throughout the US. He is a proud alum of the YoungArts Foundation and The School at Jacob's Pillow. Teicher was named one of Dance Magazine’s 2012 “25 to Watch” and, recently, the winner of Dance Magazine’s “Best Emerging Choreographer” in the 2016 Readers’ Choice Awards.