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Dear Friend,

Growth and inspiration have been the hallmarks of the past year for Carolyn Dorfman Dance. Support from donors during our 2015-2016 season has allowed us to add on a dancer, expand our touring in 2016-2017 and increase educational and outreach programming in schools and communities nationally and internationally.

Although 2016 is coming to a close, it’s not too late to support our new board initiative, the DEPTH Initiative.East Brunswick student

DEPTH, Dance that Empowers People To be more Human, a new outreach initiative, was launched at our 2016 gala. It will enable Carolyn Dorfman Dance to reach more schools and communities with limited resources by enabling us to bring our program to their students and arts audiences at a reduced rate with underwriting from the DEPTH Initiative Fund.

The Board has set an ambitious goal of raising $25,000 annually to help underwrite education and community outreach programs that we want to support.  We have set a goal of raising $13,000 by the end of December.

With your donation, Carolyn Dorfman Dance can bring our vision of unifying people through dance into schools and communities that might otherwise not be able to afford to pay the full cost of a performance or dance company residency. This is a subsidized program, enabling Carolyn Dorfman Dance to offer a reduced fee for its programming through the DEPTH Initiative Fund.

The arts help people make meaning of their lives and strengthen understanding of how we are more alike than we are different – this vision has always been a hallmark of Carolyn Dorfman Dance – and is needed now, more than ever.

Your donation helps pay for our ability to tour and to teach internationally in countries such as Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, or nationally in Omaha, Nebraska from January 16-20, 2017.

Link Community Charter SchoolYou allow us to maintain and grow our educational programming: we are entering our 14th year as the modern dance company in residence for the New Brunswick Public Schools; 8th year as the dance company in residence at the National Blue Ribbon schools – Union County Vo Tech Academy of Performing Arts and East Brunswick School district; and 3rd year as the lead dance company in residence for the arts education program at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC).

We were honored this past year to receive a Citation of Excellence from the New Jersey State Arts Council (NJSCA) recognizing our long time commitment to providing high quality arts education. This award provides three years of grant funding to expand our residency programming in the New Brunswick Public Schools and to start a new residency at the Link Community Charter School in Newark.

With your support, as well as the support of others, Carolyn Dorfman Dance can offer another year of breathtaking performances, artistic creation, and educational programming.

Please make a donation now at Thank you for allowing us to bring the joy of dance to so many young people and audiences.


 Anita  Carolyn
Anita Thomas, Executive Director Carolyn Dorfman, Artistic Director


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Carolyn Dorfman Dance Creates New Work; Expands their Arts Education Footprint and Community Workshops; Awarded Citation of Excellence from the New Jersey State Council of Arts (NJSCA)


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NEW YORK, October 6, 2015 — Carolyn Dorfman Dance, whose bold and dramatic works connect life and movement, announces its impactful and dynamic 2015-2016 Season. Carolyn Dorfman Dance is kicking off the fall with a TedX Talk in Morristown, NJ on October 20, where Artistic Director Carolyn Dorfman and dancers will share the craft of dance making as Dorfman reveals her inspiration and artistic philosophy. On October 29, Dorfman will participate in the Dancemakers on Diversity panel, along with other diverse artistic directors whose companies are part of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center’s (NJPAC) dance series. On November 1, audiences are invited to join the company for a matinee performance at the Bickford Theatre. Come spring the company performs the powerful duet Keystone in DanceNOW! Miami’s concert celebrating Jose Limón on March 18—DanceNOW! Miami will perform Dorfman’s dramatic Odisea. Additionally, the company celebrates its annual Gala performance on April 8 at NJPAC with the world premiere of Dorfman’s newest work Traces. The New York premiere of Traces will be held at LaGuardia Performing Arts Center (LPAC) on April 16, Long Island City.

With a strong commitment to dance education, Carolyn Dorfman Dance teaches students of all levels, connecting movement and life in a curriculum that helps people learn new skills, explore their potential, and understand the world and each other better. A recent recipient of a Citation of Excellence Award from the NJSCA for the Arts Education Special Initiative Grant, the company will expand their residency programming to the McKinley School in New Brunswick and the Link Charter School in Newark. For the second year, Dorfman and the company continue as the lead dance company in residence for arts education at NJPAC, working year round with their Young Artists Institute. Additional residencies that are continuing are with New Jersey’s Rutgers University, the East Brunswick and New Brunswick Public School Districts. A new weeklong residency, including a school and public performance, is happening at the Taft School in Watertown, Connecticut in November.

“The motivation to keep creating lies in the versatile collection of dancers and collaborating artists who I have the privilege of working with each season,” comments Artistic Director Carolyn Dorfman. “With an increase in educational grant support, this season is able to offer creation, performance, and the opportunity to watch young artists flourish through our community teaching program. We look forward to further bridging our community work with the multi-level impact of our repertory on audiences around the globe.”

Dorfman presents the world premiere of Traces during the company’s annual Gala evening at NJPAC on April 8. With ten dancers and four musicians, Dorfman reunites her stellar team of artistic collaborators—commissioned electronic and acoustic score by Svjetlana Bukvich, video design by Kate Freer, technology development by Dave Tennent, costume design by Anna-Alisa Belous, and new team members—set design by Ben Hobbs, and lighting design by Marika Kent. Traces will occur both on stage and in the audience space. Drawing on her multi-ethnic company members, as well as audience members from different venues for source material, Traces juxtaposes abstract images with narrative elements that shift from the individual to the collective, the personal to the global, and the inner to external natural worlds. Images, music, and text will be interwoven with the choreography to transport audiences through time, location and purpose

Other repertory to be performed during the season includes: Dorfman’s popular Echad (One), about the power of one community and featuring an iconic 120 lbs., 8- foot diameter, aluminum wheel; Under My Skin, a duet that chronicles the growth of a relationship; excerpts from Dorfman’s signature work Mayne Mentshn; latest work WAVES, a sensation-based exploration of music and dance; and a moving duet Keystone.

The company is happy to be joining the roster of Sheffield Global Arts Management, New York City. And proud to welcome two new board members Asha Ganesh, CPA at Withum, Smith and Brown and Fran Sullivan, Editor of

October 20 – TedX Talk in Morristown, NJ, 1:00 p.m.
Performing My Father’s Solo and Under My Skin (excerpt)
October 29 – NJPAC Dancemakers on Diversity Panel, Chase Room, Newark, NJ, 7:00 p.m.
November 1 – Bickford Theatre performance, Morristown, NJ, 2:00 p.m.
Performing WAVES, Klezmer Sketch and Under My Skin
November 20 – The Taft School Performance, Bingham Auditorium, Watertown, CT, 7:00 p.m.
Performing Under My Skin, Klezmer Sketch and Doug Elkins’ Narcoleptic Lovers
December 9 – Performance at Academy for Performing Arts at Union County Vo. Tech, Scotch Plains, NJ, 7:00 p.m.
Performing excerpt of Waves and Echad
March 18 – DanceNOW! Miami performance, Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, 8:00 p.m.
Dance NOW! Miami artists to perform Dorfman’s Odisea; Dorman lead dancers Jacqueline Dumas Albert and Louie Marin will perform Keystone
April 8 – NJPAC Performance and Gala Benefit, Chase Room reception, Newark, NJ, 6:30 p.m.; Victoria Theater performance, 8:00 p.m.
Premiere of Traces – also performing Echad and Keystone
April 16 – LaGuardia Performing Arts Center (LPAC) performance, Long Island City, NY, 8:00 p.m.
Performing Traces, WAVES and Keystone


Traces (2016)
Choreography: Carolyn Dorfman
Composer: Svjetlana Bukvich
Lighting: Marika Kent
Video/Projection Design: Kate Freer (IMA)
Costumes: Anna-Alisa Belous
Set Design: Ben Hobbs

Traces explores the forces that create and change us across time, distance and circumstance, and features an electro-acoustic score encompassing a vast range of musical vocabulary. Images, music, and text interweave with choreography to transport audiences through time, location and purpose. The work is driven by a strong sense of immediacy and connection.

WAVES (2015)
Choreography: Carolyn Dorfman
Composer: Jessie Reagen Mann, Pete List, Daphna Mor
Lighting: Marika Kent
Costumes: Anna-Alisa Belous
Length: 25 minutes

WAVES is a sensation-based exploration of music and dance featuring live music composed by cellist Jessie Reagen Mann, beat boxer and multi-instrumentalist Pete List, and recorder player Daphna Mor. Dorfman uses this eclectic and unusual grouping of artists to create new waves of sonic and movement possibilities.

Keystone (2012)
Choreography: Carolyn Dorfman
Music: Rufus Wainwright, Louis Armstrong, and Jamie Randolph
Original Lighting: Simon Cleveland
Costumes: Anna-Alisa Belous
Length: 10 minutes

Keystone is a duet that explores the endurance of relationships and the concept of staying power in a world that continues to embrace fast digital communication that is not aligned with the human pulse or true intimacy.

Narcoleptic Lovers (2012)

Choreography: Doug Elkins, restaged by Fritha Pengelly
Music: Gavin Bryars, Mio Morales, Mozart, Urban Species, and Sinead O’Connor
Costumes: Anna-Alisa Belous

Narcoleptic Lovers is guest choreographer Doug Elkins’ electric and oft hilarious, full company work. Using his signature eclectic movement vocabulary, the work draws on modern, hip-hop, ballet and martial arts with an equally broad range of music – Mozart, hip-hop by Urban Species and spoken word and music by Sinead O’Connor and Lenny Bruce.

Odisea (2004)
Choreography: Carolyn Dorfman
Music: Greg Wall and Cecelia Margules
Original Lighting: Sean Perry
Costumes: Katherine Winter
Length: 12 Minutes

With Odisea, choreographer Carolyn Dorfman continued her explorations of the Jewish legacy. Commissioned by Jewish Heritage New York and premiering at the South Street Seaport in NYC (September 12, 2004) the work chronicles the physical, emotional and spiritual journey of twenty-three Jews leaving persecution in Recife, Brazil in 1654 and their journey and ultimate landing on American soil in New Amsterdam (New York City). With music by Greg Wall and Cecelia Margules, the music blends elements of Jewish liturgy and musical legacy.

Echad (One) (2002)
Choreography: Carolyn Dorfman
Music composition/arrangement/adaptation: Greg Wall
Original Lighting and Set Design by John Evans
Costumes: Russell Aubrey
Length: 32 Minutes

Dorfman’s popular work featuring an iconic 120 lb, 8-foot diameter, aluminum wheel. Echad, the Hebrew word for “one” refers to the power of one community; the uniqueness or oneness of each individual and the delicate balance between the two, that is the essence of our humanity.

Mayne Mentshn (2001)
Choreography: Carolyn Dorfman
Music Composed, Arranged & Adapted: Greg Wall
Original Lighting and Set Design: John Evans
Costumes: Russell Aubrey
Masks: Grigory Gurevich

Dorfman’s signature work explores the lives of her parents, whom are both Holocaust survivors. Excerpts from Act 1: The Klezmer Sketch and Act 2: American Dream will be performed throughout the season.

Under My Skin (1999)
Choreography: Carolyn Dorfman
Music and Lyrics: Jennifer Giering
Original Lighting: Paul Hudson
Costumes: Russell Aubrey
Length: 19 minutes

An evocative and sensuous duet that explores the way people invest in their relationships with bits of themselves and how positive and negative experiences always lead to growth.


About Carolyn Dorfman Dance
Carolyn Dorfman Dance connects life and dance in bold, athletic and dramatic works by Carolyn Dorfman and nationally renowned choreographers. The company’s ten multi-ethnic and stunning dancers present high-energy and technically demanding dance that unleashes the powerful storytelling and imagery of its visionary creator. This distinctive combination takes audiences on intellectual and emotional journeys that ultimately illuminate and celebrate the human experience. The highly acclaimed ensemble is known for emotional resonance and artistic excellence in both performance and its interactions with audiences, students and community. For over 30 years, Carolyn Dorfman Dance has appeared at major theaters, dance festivals, universities, schools, museums and galleries regionally, nationally and internationally.

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