August 14th, 2024
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Our Commitment to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility

Carolyn Dorfman Dance is a renowned contemporary dance company that is committed to promoting inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility (IDEA) in all its activities. For four decades, the company has been at the forefront of creating and performing dance works that celebrate the rich cultural diversity of the human experience. CDD and its board, staff and artists are committed to a world devoid of racism, antisemitism, xenophobia and marginalization of the “other.” 

CDD is committed to helping undo institutional barriers and historical/generational harm and to creating a community that is equitable, humane and leads toward a better future for all.

Here are specific ways we work in these areas:

inclusion

Carolyn Dorfman Dance has always been committed to creating an inclusive environment where everyone feels valued and respected. The company strives to create an environment that is welcoming and supportive of people from all backgrounds.

The company’s dancers come from diverse backgrounds, and they bring their unique perspectives and experiences to the creative process. The company also regularly engages with its audiences and encourages participation from people of all ages, genders, races, ethnicities, and abilities.

Photo: The ARC performing at the 2018 Dance Union Festival.

diversity

Carolyn Dorfman Dance embraces diversity in all its forms. The company’s choreography reflects a wide range of cultural influences and traditions, including Jewish, African, Latin, and Middle Eastern cultures. The company’s repertoire includes works that explore themes of identity, community, and social justice. The company also collaborates with artists from diverse backgrounds to create new works that showcase different perspectives and experiences.

equity

Carolyn Dorfman Dance is committed to creating a more equitable world through its work. The company believes that everyone should have the opportunity to participate in and benefit from the arts. To this end, Carolyn Dorfman Dance offers a range of educational and community engagement programs that are designed to promote equity and access to the arts. These programs include dance workshops, master classes, and performances for underserved communities.

accessibility

Carolyn Dorfman Dance believes that the arts should be accessible to everyone, regardless of their abilities. The company offers sensory-friendly performances and workshops for people with disabilities, including those who are visually impaired or have autism. The company also provides sign language interpretation and audio descriptions for its performances, making them accessible to people with hearing impairments.

Carolyn Dorfman Dance strives to be a leader in promoting inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility in the arts. The company’s commitment to these principles is evident in its performances, educational programs, and community outreach initiatives. Carolyn Dorfman Dance serves as a model for other arts organizations that seek to create a more inclusive and equitable world.

Photo: A senior citizen artist stands next to art by The ARC displayed at the 2018 Dance Union Festival.