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7
Nov
2019

Carolyn Dorfman Dance has a mission to create and present work that shares the uniqueness and commonalities of the human story. Maintaining a vibrant and diverse company of dancers is essential to our work, philosophy and social impact. We are currently looking for male dancers.

Carolyn Dorfman Dance’s 2019 – 2020 Touring Season, includes creation of new work, repertory reconstruction, performance and touring, teaching and community residencies.

  • Full-time/part-time company positions beginning early December
  • Paid rehearsals, performance, and teaching
  • Non-union, 20+ week contract
  • Rehearsals, held primarily in NYC
  • Legal work status verification

Male Dancers should have a strong contemporary modern dance and ballet technique, bold athleticism, a broad theatrical range, and strong ensemble and partnering skills. The Company is seeking dedicated, passionate and committed dancers with a strong desire for artistic growth, who have at least 2+ years of professional performance experience.

PROCESS:

  • Complete Online Form: https://forms.gle/Zq9phpA8WBfgJtpL8
  • Submit audition video by uploading a link to an online video (up to 3 minutes)
  • Upload a current resume, headshot, dance photo and references
  • Selected dancers will be contacted and invited to attend company rehearsal at a mutually agreed upon time during the weeks of November 11-15 & 18-22, 2019

Carolyn Dorfman Dance is an equal opportunity employer that fosters a creative environment that features a deep respect for artists, the work process and produces dance that reflects a profound humanity. Thank you. We look forward to learning more about you and your artistry from your submission.

Click here to apply!

22
Aug
2019

Another great NJ SummerDance intensive has come and gone. We are proud that our students survived a tough week to experience a wonderful week of dance, reflection, and exploration.

Whether it was in technique class, repertory, or the master classes with talented choreographers/dancers/teachers Arvin Arjona, Nai-Ni Chen, Amos Machanic, Jr., and Chiara Tofani, we loved having the chance to work with an incredible group of hardworking, highly motivated students.

Special Recognition for our generous donors who provided funding for NJ SummerDance Scholarships:

Richard V. Carney Electrical Contractors, Inc., The Designing Woman of NJ, Leonard Finkel, Mindy and Marc Friedman, Eric and Shirley Freidman, Sarah and John Garvey, Kathi R. Levin, Ali LoConte Memorial Fund, Bonnie J. Monte, Dalia Pepe, Steven and Judy Stanbrook, and Vicki Ziccarello.

Carolyn Dorfman Dance would like to extend a SPECIAL THANK YOU to Super Stop&Shop, ShopRite, and Target of Union Township for providing refreshments.

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We are so grateful to the following people for their consistent support of Carolyn Dorfman Dance and NJ SummerDance 2019:

Carolyn Dorfman Dance Board of Trustees; Kean University General Administration Staff especially Luis Martinez, Associate Professor of Physical Education, Recreation and Health; Jessica Adams, Executive Director of the School of Health and Human Performance; Valerie Winslow, Director of Conference and Event Services; and Tara Bogota, Equipment Manager.

19
Jul
2019

Meet one of our 2019 Guest Artists for NJ SummerDance!

Guest Artists’ Master Classes are included in full registration or can be attended at a drop-in rate of $30/each. Email Company Manager Madeline Moore, mmoore@carolyndorfman.dance, with any questions.

Click here to learn more about NJ SummerDance, and click here for the complete drop-in class schedule.

Nai-Ni Chen, Kinetic Spiral Workshop

Nai-Ni Chen dancingTuesday, August 13th at 3:00 – 5:00pm

NJ SummerDance welcomes Nai-Ni Chen, founder and artistic director of Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company

Nai-Ni Chen will conduct a workshop on her unique technique and repertory. “Like visual poetry, Chen’s phrases, part exoskeletal rigidity, part boneless grace, embodied an epic dignity.” – The Village Voice

The Kinetic Spiral technique centers around the exploration of a wide range of physically challenging, intricate movement ideas that combines the grace, sensibility, delicacy, and flow of motion driven by the proper use of the breath, building a foundation to support the limitless spiral energy that supports the powerful athletic movements inspired by the common ground found in Chinese martial art, calligraphy, graffiti and contemporary dance. Ms. Chen will also introduce the fundamental elements involved in traditional Chinese Dance and how they serve as inspiration for creative movements.

About Nai-Ni Chen

“Spiritual Choreographer” -Dance Magazine

“A rare modern dance choreographer…”-NY Times

Nai-Ni Chen is the founder, choreographer and Artistic Director of the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company. Nai-Ni Chen comes from a rich dance tradition. She was a renowned traditional dancer who studied with some of the most respected Peking Opera and traditional dance masters in Taiwan. She served on several ambassadorial culture missions to 19 countries around the world. An early member of the Cloud Gate Dance Theater, she graduated from the Chinese Cultural University and came to America to seek her own voice in the world of contemporary dance. Since then, Ms. Chen has created a diverse repertory with dances some from hundreds of years ago to highly abstract, modern works. Touring over 20 years around the United State, her company is the premier resource for immigrant Chinese American cross-cultural dance works for presenters across the country. In addition to domestic touring, her company has also visited international festivals in Mexico, Canada, Germany, British Virgin Islands, Guatemala, Poland, Russia, Lithuania, South Korea and China with support from Fund for Mutual Understanding, The President’s Committee for the Arts, Arts International and the State Department of the United States.

Nai-Ni Chen has received multiple Choreographer Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and the NJ State Council on the Arts. Her work has been commissioned by the Joyce Theater Foundation, the Lincoln Center Institute, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Towson University, Dancing in the Streets, Ballet Met, and the Cleveland Dancing Wheels. She has taught master classes at colleges and universities throughout the United States and Russia, Poland, Taiwan, Mongolia, and China. Nai-Ni Che is currently in residence in New Jersey City University creating new dance program for the university as well as starting a new collaboration with the A Harry Moore Laboratory School for children with multiple disabilities.

Commissioned dances include Peach Flower Landscape for the Lincoln Center Institute, Qian Kun for the Joyce Theater Foundation, Unfolding for Dancing in the Streets, The Three Riddles of Turandot for New Jersey Ballet, Unconquered Warriors for Dancing Wheels, and Water and Tiger Lily for Ballet Met, The Way of Five – Fire for Townson University; Dragons on the Wall, a collaboration with Nobel Literature nominee Bei Dao and internationally acclaimed composer Joan La Barbara for the Alternate Roots Festival curated by Baraka Sele of New Jersey Performing Arts Center. She has set her choreography at Case Western Reserve University, Alvin Ailey school’s professional development program, and Long Island City University.

3
Jul
2019

Carolyn Dorfman Dance has a mission to create and present work that shares the uniqueness and commonalities of the human story. Maintaining a vibrant and diverse company of dancers is essential to our work, philosophy and social impact. For our upcoming season, we are looking for female dancers of color including African American, Asian, Latina, among others.

Dancers should have a strong contemporary modern dance technique, bold athleticism, a broad theatrical range, and strong ensemble and partnering skills. The Company is seeking dedicated, passionate and committed dancers with a strong desire for artistic growth, who have at least 2+ years of professional performance experience.

PROCESS:


• Complete and submit the on-line registration form by July 10, 2019.
• Upload a current resume, headshot, dance photo and attach a link to an online video (up to 3 minutes).
• Dancers selected for a studio audition will be notified on or before July 12, 2019.
• Auditions will take place from 12-4pm on July 16 and 17 in NYC and Call Backs will be held from 4-7:30pm on July 18 (location tbd).

Carolyn Dorfman Dance’s 2019 – 2020 Touring Season, includes creation of new work, repertory reconstruction, performance/touring and teaching/community residencies. Beginning September 10, 2019, this full-time/part-time company position includes:

• Paid rehearsals, performance, and teaching
• Non-union, 30+ week contract.
• Rehearsals, held primarily in NYC
• Legal work status verification

Carolyn Dorfman Dance is an equal opportunity employer that fosters a creative environment that features a deep respect for artists, the work process and produces dance that reflects a profound humanity. Thank you. We look forward to learning more about you and your artistry from your submission.

Click here to apply!

10
Apr
2019

Carolyn Dorfman Dance is so grateful to our generous sponsors and patrons for their support.

Congratulations go to our hardworking 2019 Gala committee, co-chaired by Joan Chiang Paulin and Martha Mensch, with strong support from the board of trustees and administrative staff for planning another successful gala.

Carolyn and our spectacular dancers were thrilled to perform to a near sold out crowd at NJPAC and for the incredible response to Love Suite Love, Odisea, and Interior Designs. We were pleased that everyone seemed to love being entertained at the gala reception by Charisa, the ViolinDiva.

Thank you again for celebrating Love Life Dance with us. We are truly grateful for your continued support that enables Carolyn Dorfman Dance to move, empower, teach, reflect and connect across New Jersey, the US and internationally.

THANK YOU ALL!

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Anita Thomas
Executive Director

Company Benefactors
Henry S. and Mala Dorfman Foundation
Gregory S. Gallick, M.D. and Staff

Education Benefactor
Leah and Jeff Kronthal/Kronthal Family Foundation
Dr. Ann Stock and Arshad Zakaria/Zakaria Family Foundation

Performance Sponsor
The Dietz Family
Main Street Bank
North Star Media

Artist Sponsors
Andrew and Nancy Adelson
Robin and Russell Aubrey
Andrés Miranda
Drs. Elaine and Thomas Pacicco
Betsy and Drew Vaden

General Sponsors

Diane Ash
Laura Smith Auster
Debbie and Jay Berez
Drucker, Math, and Whitman, PC
Rabbi Stuart Gershon
Lynne and Elliot Glantz
Arlene and Tom Gonnella
Kathi R. Levin
Alan and Melanie Levitan

Martha Mensch
Steven L. Nehmer, M.D. and Paige Albano, Esq.
Joan Chiang Paulin and Dominique Paulin
Charles and Anne Marie Robertson
Rogers Family Charitable Foundation
Gail and Clifford Schob, M.D./Comprehensive Orthopaedics, P.A.
Michele and John Scioscia/Summit Physical Therapy
Nicolas and Christa Volpicelli

20
Dec
2018

Dear Friend,

Last year, we asked the Carolyn Dorfman Dance community to Be Part of the Movement as we celebrated our 35th Anniversary Season. Donations allowed us to achieve several exciting FIRSTS:

Carolyn and Company premiered Snap Crackle Pop, with Renée Jaworski, co-Artistic Director of PILOBOLUS and former CDD dancer. For the FIRST time in its history, the internationally renowned PILOBOLUS co-created a new work on another dance company that will also become part of its repertory.

For the FIRST time, the company was invited to perform in the 6th annual WOMEN / CREATE! A Festival of Dance produced by Jennifer Muller in NYC alongside other established and noted female choreographers – Karole Armitage and Jacqulyn Buglisi.

The company produced the FIRST annual, three-day and county-wide Dance Union, a festival celebrating the vibrance and diversity of professional, pre-professional, and high school dance in our home county.

As 2019 approaches, here are six reasons to Continue the Movement. In addition to supporting all that we do, please…

1. Support our ten-day tour to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where we are Guest Artists for the Regional High School Dance Festival and providing masterclasses and workshops across the university and in the community.

2. Support the expansion of the 2nd annual Dance Union Festival, which will include providing free transportation and master classes for students and teachers, from four high schools in the county, to attend modern, ballet and Professional Development masterclasses with Carolyn and Company.

3. Support additional immersive performance and educational tours to the Lehigh Valley, including a performance at the ArtsQuest Center and help to cover the costs of providing master classes to Charter Arts High School, DeSales University, and Cedar Crest and Moravian Colleges.

4. Support our tour to the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia and master classes at George Mason University and the community.

5. Support our participation in the 7th annual WOMEN / CREATE! A Festival of Dance now moved to BAM Fisher in June 2019.

6. Support our EXTRAORDINARY DANCERS and STAFF!

We are excited to be a part of these powerful and impactful opportunities that bring our mission to life. However, on tour, we are not always able to cover all our costs given the depth and breadth of our outreach throughout the communities we visit. A $35 donation will cover meals for a dancer for a day; $75 will cover the additional cost for a dancer to teach in a local residency; $100 will pay for a van rental for a day; $350 will feed the full company for one day and $500 will help to cover production costs for our participation in WOMEN / CREATE! A Festival of Dance. That said…ANY AMOUNT IS TRULY A GREAT GIFT!

Your continuous support has allowed us to grow in exponential and exemplary ways. We hope we can count on you again. Thank you for bringing the joy of dance to communities large and small.

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Anita Thomas
Executive Director

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Carolyn Dorfman
Founder/Artistic Director

1
Nov
2018

“As a child of survivors of the Holocaust, the wounds of such actions are seared in my soul, and the pain in my mother’s eyes is real as she witnesses this resurgence of hate and intolerance at the forefront of American life.”
– Carolyn Dorfman  

Dear Friend,

On behalf of Carolyn Dorfman Dance, we stand in grief, yet in resolve, with those affected by the horrible events in the past week. From Kentucky to Pittsburgh and across the nation, we see what racism, anti-Semitism, bias, xenophobia, and intolerance can breed.  

Unchecked hate that begins to seem normal…that is how the worst begins. We must work hard to fight hate with love. DEPTH, (Dance that Empowers People To be more Human) is at the core of our work. Our board, our leadership, our artists, and our staff embrace a world that is rooted in humanism.

Through our art, our programming, and our lives, we strive to change the world: one event, one action, one person at a time.  Building relationships, understanding, and connections within and between individuals and communities is both our goal and the greatest hope for our collective futures.  

Sending hopes for healing, action, and change.

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Carolyn Dorfman
Founder/Artistic Director

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Leah Kronthal
President, Board of Trustees

17
Oct
2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Don Jay Smith
908-832-1020
don@lksassociates.com 

(Union, N.J., October 2, 2018) – Carolyn Dorfman Dance, a premiere modern dance company based in New Jersey and New York City, will celebrate a remarkable 36 years of bold and powerful dancing making and performance with their 2018-19 Season. The highlights this year include a performance at White Eagle Hall in Jersey City in November, an appearance at the Dance Union Festival in Rahway in early February, and the company’s annual appearance at NJPAC in April.

In a season that features the reprise of many company favorites, Carolyn Dorfman Dance will headline at Jersey City Theater Center’s White Eagle Hall in a performance featuring excerpts of Sextet (1994), a dynamic work based on the driving and evocative music of jazz composer and percussionist Horacee Arnold, and Snap Crackle Pop, Dorfman’s 2018 groundbreaking collaboration with Renée Jaworski, the co-Artistic Director of internationally renowned Pilobolus. Sharing the bill for this November 18th matinee will be the tap dance ensemble, Hillary-Marie’s Sole Music Collective.

Dorfman’s annual appearance at NJPAC will include the company’s gala benefit on Saturday, April 6, 2019. Three popular repertory works showcasing the physical and dramatic range of the company will be featured at that performance including Love Suite Love which for more than 25 years has enchanted audiences with the love songs of Patsy Cline, Odisea (2004), an exploration of choreographer Carolyn Dorfman’s Jewish legacy commissioned by Jewish Heritage NY, and Interior Designs, created in 2013, a visually stunning tour de force where art and technology meet to create an unforgettable human experience.

“As I enter the rehearsal studio each day, I am blown away by the artistry, depth, energy and ensemble work of the company and its incredible dancers,” said Carolyn Dorfman. “They live each piece and, through them, we all enter unique and compelling worlds and find ourselves and one another and, most importantly, connect. To Dance is Life. I can’t wait to share our art, artistry and artists with our audiences throughout New Jersey and across the U.S. this season.”

The company will expand its immersive residencies, including performances and education workshops, with programming at universities, performing arts centers, community centers, and schools. In the fall, the company will be teaching and/or lecturing at the University of Michigan, Jews and Jewishness in Dance Conference (Arizona State University), Rutgers University, the University of Wisconsin, DeSales University, and at other locations to be announced. Carolyn Dorfman Dance also heads the dance division at NJPAC where they invite the public to join them for Saturday classes starting October 6th.

In January, Carolyn Dorfman and company members will be teaching at the Associated Dance Teachers of New Jersey conference. Early in the year, they will take their Legacy Project Tour to Virginia and Monmouth County, returning to Madison, Wisconsin for a week-long residency including headlining the Regional High School Dance Festival, performing and teaching at the Charter School for the Arts and Arts Quest in the Lehigh Valley, and appearing at the annual WOMEN/CREATE! Festival of Dance in NYC. CDD will continue their educational work at various school districts in New Jersey including Academy for the Performing Arts in Union County, PCTI and PS 27 in Paterson, East Brunswick, Elizabeth, Millburn and more.

Carolyn Dorfman Dance features an ensemble of 10 artists: Caroline Dietz, Lara Friedman Kats Quinton Guthier, Brandon Jones, Elise Pacicco, Katlyn Waldo, Terri Ayanna Wright and new dancers Jarred Bosch, Quincy Dow, and Kaila Moses, along with Associate Artistic Director Jacqueline Dumas Albert.

The staff includes executive director Anita Thomas who is in her 10th year with the company. She is supported by company manager Madeline Moore, communications/development manager Anna Shaffner, and financial administrator Flora Attardi.

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Carolyn Dorfman Dance Season Highlights

    • October 25: Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J.
    • October 31: The Actor’s Fund, Career Transition for Dancers Masquerade Ball, New York, NY
    • November 18: White Eagle Hall presented by Jersey City Theater Center, Jersey City, N.J.
    • February 1-3: Dance Union Festival at Hamilton Stage, Rahway, NJ
    • February 23: SteelStacks, Bethlehem, PA
    • March 18: Regional High School Dance Festival, University of Wisconsin, Madison
    • April 6: NJPAC Performance and Gala Benefit, Newark, N.J.
    • June: WOMEN/CREATE! Festival of Dance, New York, N.Y.

 

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 10 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 interaction with audiences, students and community. Carolyn Dorfman Dance appears at major theaters, dance festivals, universities, schools, museums and galleries regionally, nationally and internationally.

Note: For photos, interviews and more information, please contact Anna Shaffner at ashaffner@carollyndorfman.dance or Don Jay Smith at Don@LKSassociates.com.

16
Jul
2018

Meet one of our 2018 Guest Artists for NJ SummerDance!

Guest Artists’ Master Classes are included in full registration or can be attended at a drop-in rate of $30/each. Email Company Manager Madeline Moore, mmoore@carolyndorfman.dance, with any questions.

Click here to learn more about NJ SummerDance, and click here for the complete drop-in class schedule.

Kelly Buwalda, Nutrition for Dancers

Monday, August 13, 2018 at 3:45 – 5:00 pm

Kelly Buwalda HeadshotNJ SummerDance 2018 welcomes Certified Health Coach Kelly Buwalda. This workshop will address special demands of being a dancer – athlete and artist. This interactive lecture will ignite appreciation for one’s own body and its unique needs, aim to demystify trends and fad diets, address body image concerns, as well as provide a foundation of healthy practices for years to come.

About Kelly Buwalda

Kelly Buwalda is a Certified Health Coach and founder of NYC-based Kelly Buwalda Nutrition & Wellness. An Indiana native, she attended Hope College (Holland, Michigan) on a dance scholarship and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in dance and psychology. She continued her education at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, and upon graduating was hired as summer faculty at Joffrey Ballet School. She has created “Nutrition for Dancers” workshops for Carolyn Dorfman Dance, New York Dance Project, and Detroit Dance City Festival, and has enjoyed presenting wellness workshops for a variety of companies and organizations. For over 13 years Buwalda has been a Teaching Artist/Choreographer at Jacques d’Amboise’s far-reaching non-profit National Dance Institute. She recently conceived and directed At the River’s Edge, NDI’s 2018 Event of the Year, which included over 200 children performing to live music at Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. Throughout her years in NYC she has enjoyed performing at numerous venues across New York City and internationally with Julio Rivera, Erin Dudley, Mei-Yin Ng, and in her own work. Buwalda integrates her experiences as an artist, athlete, and educator to inform and inspire her clients towards transformation.

 

30
Apr
2018

Carolyn Dorfman Dance is so grateful to our generous sponsors and patrons in helping us exceed our Gala Benefit fundraising goal.

Congratulations go to our hardworking 2018 Gala committee, co-chaired by Joan Chiang Paulin and Martha Mensch, with strong support from the board of trustees and administrative staff for planning another successful gala. Their efforts enabled us to raise over $127,000.

Carolyn and our spectacular dancers were thrilled to perform to a near sold out crowd at NJPAC and for the incredible response to Cercle d’Amour, Lifeline, and the World Premiere of Snap Crackle Pop – our historic collaboration with Pilobolus Artistic Director Renée Jaworski. We were pleased that everyone seemed to love being entertained at the gala reception by The Hubcaps and our surprise guest, La Bamba (Richie Rosenberg).

Thank you again for Being Part of the Movement that made our 2018 Gala Benefit a huge success. We are truly grateful for your continued support that enables Carolyn Dorfman Dance to move, empower, teach, reflect and connect across New Jersey, the US and internationally.

THANK YOU ALL!

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Anita Thomas
Executive Director

 

Company Benefactors

Henry S. and Mala Dorfman Foundation
Gregory S. Gallick, M.D. and Staff
Andres Miranda

Education Benefactors

The Harz Family
Leah and Jeff Kronthal/Kronthal Family Foundation
Dr. Ann Stock and Arshad Zakaria/Zakaria Family Foundation

Performance Sponsors

Advanced Pain Care
Main Street Bank
North Star Media
Gail and Clifford Schob, M.D./
Comprehensive Orthopaedics, P.A.

Artist Sponsors

Andrew and Nancy Adelson
Robin and Russell Aubrey
The Dietz Family
Drs. Elaine and Thomas Pacicco

General Sponsors

Diane Ash
Debbie and Jay Berez

 

General Sponsors (Continued)
Drucker, Math, and Whitman, PC
Rabbi Stuart Gershon
Lynne and Elliot Glantz
Arlene and Tom Gonnella
Fern Gotfried, M.D. and Michael Dugan
Kathi R. Levin
Steven L. Nehmer, M.D. and Paige L. Albano, Esq.
Grant Powell
Charles and Anne Marie Robertson
Rodgers Family Charitable Foundation
Michele and John Scioscia/ Summit Physical Therapy

 

 

 

 

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14
Dec
2017

Dear Friend,

Artists throughout all generations have reflected contemporary issues of their time and often have served in the role of Citizen Artist. Carolyn Dorfman is one such artist, capturing those stories, emotions, and ideas in the poignant dances and programming that she has created over the last 35 years. Her work invites us to Be Part of the Movement…of dance…of activism…of hope.

We hope we can count on you during this special year for Carolyn Dorfman Dance.

During this holiday time and our 35th anniversary season, we want you to know that we are more inspired than ever to fulfill our mission of opening dialogue between artist and audience through performance, education and community programs that affirm the power of dance to Entertain, Enlighten, Engage and Connect. Be Part of the Movement! Through donors like you in our 34th season, we achieved major milestones:

  • Reached over 14,000 patrons and students across the US and internationally.
  • Toured for the first time in our history, sponsored by the US Department of State, on a return multi-city tour to Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Our immersive Omaha, Nebraska tour was sponsored by the Institute for Holocaust Education and Omaha Performing Arts.
  • Employed over 52 artists, including our 11-member ensemble; performed 25 concerts at home and abroad; and conducted close to 500 masterclasses with students from Grade 3 through the professional level.
  • Raised over $25,000 by our Board of Trustees for the DEPTH (Dance that Empowers People To be more Human) Initiative. More than half of the funds were used to bring our programming to new schools in Paterson, Union City, and New Brunswick, NJ and to more than 1000 elementary students from the five boroughs of New York.

This year is starting off strong with tours planned across NJ and in Florida. We will premiere a ground-breaking collaboration between Carolyn and Renée Jaworski, former CDD dancer and Co-Artistic Director of the renowned Pilobolus. For the first time, Carolyn was the cover story in the November 2017 Dance Teacher magazine, a national publication. We will be creating Dance Union, the first-ever dance festival celebrating dance in our county, along with countless masterclasses and assembly programs in urban and suburban schools across the New York metro area and beyond.

In celebration of our longevity and community building work, please consider a gift of at least $135 via our donation page. Your commitment and generosity will allow us to keep our performances and programs accessible to people of all backgrounds, ages, disabilities and socio-economic levels. Carolyn’s artistry will continue to be a source of creativity, inspiration, and social action.

Thank you for Be(ing) Part of the Movement. Wishing you a joyous holiday season of peace and hope.

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Anita Thomas
Executive Director
Carolyn Dorfman
Founder/Artistic Director

 

9
Oct
2017

Carolyn Dorfman Dance Creates a First-time Choreographic Collaboration with Pilobolus, Tours to Aventura Arts & Cultural Center in Miami, and Launches Dance Union Festival

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Contacts:
Rosanna Plasencia | Amber Henrie
In The Lights PR
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(347) 201-0485

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Union, NJ, October 6, 2017 — Carolyn Dorfman Dance, whose bold and dramatic works connect life and movement, invites audiences to be “part of the movement” during its 35th Anniversary 2017—2018 Season. Fall highlights include being presented by Jersey City Theater Company in excerpts of KEYSTONE, WAVES and The Klezmer Sketch with special guest artist Grigory Gurevich, along with performances of Dance/Stories, Sextet and Unfolding at the Bickford Theatre in the Morris Museum. Spring highlights include reprise performances of SEXTET, WAVES and Traces at Florida’s Aventura Arts & Cultural Center on February 8th, the inaugural year of the Carolyn Dorfman curated Dance Union Festival March 16—18 with Hamilton Stages, and a world-premiere collaboration between Carolyn Dorfman Dance and Pilobolus in April at New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC).

Dorfman’s yearly performance and gala benefit on April 14th, 2018 will premiere the collaboration of choreography with Dorfman and Renee Jaworski, Co-Artistic Director of Pilobolus, which is co-commissioned by NJPAC. This celebratory milestone will mark the first time both companies will participate in a choreographic collaboration. Premiering in the spring, and performed by Carolyn Dorfman Dance’s ensemble, the new work will later be added to the Pilobolus repertory. The evening will also showcase Dorfman’s repertory pieces, a re-creation of, Lifeline and Cercle D’Amour and will bring the company and its audience together for a celebration of the company’s 35th–anniversary festivities.

“In 35 years, the company and the body of work has kept true to making connections,” explains Carolyn. “Bridging ideas and experiences through dance, sharing perspective, and contributing to the creation of a well-informed community, have been the pillars of this company’s legacy,” she continues. “To co-choreograph with another dance maker this season, that also personifies connection, marks a significant personal milestone for me as an artist and director.”

In its 35th year Dorfman continues to deepen their Arts Education workshops and performances through its continued partnerships with NJPAC Arts Education, East Brunswick school district, Union County Academy of the Performing Arts, McKinley school (New Brunswick), Link Community Charter School,

Rutgers University, and new relationships with PS 27 (Paterson), All Saints Day School (Hoboken), and Monmouth University.

The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation has supported the company for at least 31 years and considers Carolyn Dorfman Dance “the gold standard for dance in the state,” stated by Sharnita Johnson, Arts Program Director for Dodge. “We honor the company’s focus on performance excellence and community outreach and congratulate Carolyn Dorfman and dancers on reaching yet another milestone. The company truly exemplifies our motto—imagine a better New Jersey.”

The anniversary season will feature an ensemble of 11 artists—returning dancers – Caroline Dietz, Justin Dominic, Lara Friedman, Jenny Gillan-Powell, Quinton Guthier, Brandon Jones, Elise Pacicco, Marie Lloyd Paspe, and Katlyn Waldo and new dancers – Eric Parra and Terri Wright.

Dorfman 35th Season Calendar Highlights

• October 22 – Performance presented by Jersey City Theater Company with special guest artist Grigory Gurevich
Performing excerpts of Keystone, WAVES and The Klezmer Sketch

• November 16th – Bickford Theatre Morris Museum
Performing Dance/Stories, Sextet, Unfolding

• January 11th–LaGuardia Performing Arts Center (LPAC) Backstage Pass Performances
Performing Dance/Stories

• February 8th – Aventura Arts & Cultural Center Performance
Performing Sextet, WAVES and Traces

• February 25th Monmouth University Performance
Performing The Legacy Project: A Dance of Hope, The Klezmer Sketch, Cat’s Cradle, American Dream, special performance in recognition of Jacob Landau in the Art Gallery in the Pollak Theater

• March 16th–18th – Dance Union Festival
Performing excerpts of WAVES and Sextet

• April 14th – 35th Anniversary Performance and Gala Benefit at NJPAC
Performing world premiere of choreographic collaboration with Pilobolus, with Lifeline and Cercle d’Amour

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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 eleven 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 35 years, Carolyn Dorfman Dance has appeared at major theaters, dance festivals, universities, schools, museums and galleries regionally, nationally and internationally.

 

22
Sep
2017

Job Description: Freelance Production Manager / Lighting Director

Position available immediately.

Forward resumes to Carolyn Dorfman, Artistic Director, cdorfman@carolyndorfman.dance

Reports to the Artistic and Associate Artistic Director. Expected to attend rehearsals as necessary.

Responsibilities during local, regional, and national tours with Carolyn Dorfman Dance including main stage performances, school residency performances and community appearances.

Job Duties include:

  • Scheduling, budgeting, contracting and execution of all aspects of physical production including: scenery, lights, costumes, props, paint, sound and projections for all productions.
  • Negotiating and advancing the technical needs, logistics, and schedules for all performances with each venue including freight needs with Company Manager.
  • Recreating the lighting repertoire for all performances and oversee all theater production elements including sound, set.
  • Chronicling and continually revise all cue and design concept sheets for the repertoire.
  • Maintaining and revising the company’s technical rider, as needed.
  • Running load-in, focus, and load-outs on behalf of the company.
  • Maintaining the company’s technical equipment, stock scenery, and production supplies.
  • With assistance from the Production Stage Manager, Company Manager/crew transporting scenery, flooring, wardrobe, and personnel as needed per performance, with the company’s Zip Car account or other rental vehicle.
  • Advising when additional materials need to be acquired or rented.
  • Hiring additional production support staff in coordination with Artistic Director and Executive Director.
  • Providing additional support to the AD, AAD, ED and CM and other staff as needed.
  • Potentially design the lighting for any new work.

This position requires someone with excellent interpersonal, organizational and communications skills and who can effectively work in various performance, educational and community settings.

Minimum 3-years of experience required. Fee commensurate with experience.

Carolyn Dorfman Dance is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Applicants from populations underrepresented in the performing arts field are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, familial status, sexual orientation, national origin, ability, age, or veteran status.

25
Aug
2017

As of Friday, September 15, 2017, we are no longer accepting video auditions. To receive future notices on auditions, classes, and more, sign up for our mailing list here.

Carolyn Dorfman Dance is accepting VIDEO AUDITIONS from male dancers for our 2017-18 Touring Season, including creation of new work, performance and teaching residencies.

  • Full-time (Mid-September)
  • Paid rehearsals, performance, and teaching
  • Non-union, 30+ week contract.
  • Rehearsals are primarily held in NYC.
  • Legal work status required.

Seeking male with strong modern dance technique, bold athleticism and theatrical range. Men should be minimum 5’6” tall. Minimum 2 years previous professional experience preferred.

Video requirements:

Please submit a 2-3 minute video of you in performance, rehearsal and/or studio work which demonstrates:

  • Strong technical training
  • Performance quality
  • Your ability to move through space, on the floor, and in the air
  • Both sustained and quick movement

Additional video requirements:

  • Make sure the recording is of good quality so that we can see you clearly enough to evaluate your skills.
  • Clearly identify yourself in the clip if you are not the only dancer
  • The clip should be no more than 1 year old

Upload to YouTube or a password protected Vimeo account. Email the exact web address, password (if applicable), and your name and contact information to mmoore@carolyndorfman.dance.

Dancers selected will be seen in person by appointment only. Please submit your video with the following information: resume, headshot, email, phone, U.S. work status, and how you heard about the audition.

Carolyn Dorfman Dance is an equal opportunity employer

21
Aug
2017

Another great NJ SummerDance intensive has come and gone. We are proud that you survived a tough week to experience a wonderful week of dance, reflection, and exploration.

Whether it was in technique class, repertory, or the master classes with talented choreographers/dancers Jenna Riegel, Erika Mero and Amit Shah, we loved having the chance to work with an incredible group of hardworking, highly motivated students.

We hope to see many of you at our upcoming masterclasses, residencies and performances.

Special Recognition for our generous donors who provided funding for NJ SummerDance Scholarships:

Debbie and Jay Berez (in honor of Sami and Becca Gallick), David R. and Dorothy Clair, Leonard Finkel, Mindy and Marc Friedman, Eric and Shirley Freidman, Ali LoConte Memorial Fund, Reynolds Landscaping, Steve Shane (in memory of Frank Shaenboen), Timothy Sabol, and Kean University for providing Melissa Reyne with a William Chaison Scholarship.

Carolyn Dorfman Dance would like to also extend a SPECIAL THANK YOU to our corporate sponsor, Stop&Shop, New York Metro Division and Super Stop&Shop of Union for their consistent support since 2011,

Stop & Shop

as well as ShopRite, Target, and Costco of Union Township for providing refreshments.

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Kean University General Administration Staff especially Luis Martinez, Associate Professor of Physical Education, Recreation and Health; Jessica Adams, Department Chair; Valerie Winslow, Director of Conference and Event Services; Gina Lampasona, Managing Assistant Director, Conference and Event Services;

and All Stars Project of New Jersey Summer Intern Fatoumata Amar, sponsored by Kevin Cummings, President/CEO of Investors Bank;

and the Carolyn Dorfman Dance Board of Trustees.

20
May
2017

Carolyn Dorfman Dance is so grateful to Gala Co-Chairs, our generous sponsors and patrons in helping us achieve our Gala Benefit fundraising goals. Thank you Gala Committee, especially co-chairs Fran Sullivan, Joan Chiang Paulin, and Martha Mensch, our Board of Trustees and volunteers for your enthusiastic and diligent support.

Congratulations to Carolyn, Ae-Soon Kim, the company and collaborating artists for a stellar performance. We’re still receiving accolades from audience members.
THANK YOU ALL!

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Anita Thomas
Executive Director

 

Company Benefactors
Henry S. and Mala Dorfman Foundation
Gregory S. Gallick, M.D. and Staff
Leah and Jeff Kronthal/Kronthal Family Foundation
Andres Miranda

Education Benefactors
Main Street Bank
Gail and Clifford Schob, M.D./ Comprehensive Orthopaedics, P.A.
Dr. Ann Stock and Arshad Zakaria/Zakaria Family Foundation

 Producer Sponsor

Betsy and Drew Vaden

Artist Sponsors

Advanced Pain Care
Robin and Russell Aubrey
The Dietz Family

General Sponsors

Diane, Justin, and Marissa Ash
Drucker, Math, and Whitman, PC
Rabbi Stuart Gershon
Lynne and Elliot Glantz

General Sponsors (Continued)
Arlene and Tom Gonnella
Fern Gotfried, M.D. and Michael Dugan
The Harz Family
Kathi R. Levin
Mensch & Severyn Families
Steven Nehmer, M.D. and
Paige Albano, Esq.
Drs. Elaine and Thomas Pacicco
Charles and Anne Marie Robertson
Michele and John Scioscia/
Summit Physical Therapy

 

 

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12
May
2017

This past January, we traveled to Omaha, Nebraska for an incredible tour of teaching and performance. Thank you to our Executive Director, Anita Thomas, for putting together this comprehensive recap of our trip!

  • Beth El Class
    Workshop with 8th graders at Conservative Synagogue, Beth El Synagogue. Photo by On the Mark Photography.
  • Beth El Class
    Workshop with 8th graders at Conservative Synagogue, Beth El Synagogue. Photo by On the Mark Photography.
  • Beth El Class
    Workshop with 8th graders at Conservative Synagogue, Beth El Synagogue. Photo by On the Mark Photography.
  • Beth El Class
    Workshop with 8th graders at Conservative Synagogue, Beth El Synagogue. Photo by On the Mark Photography.
  • Beth El Class
    Workshop with 8th graders at Conservative Synagogue, Beth El Synagogue. Photo by On the Mark Photography.
  • Intergenerational Workshop
    Multigenerational Community Workshop at Intercultural Senior Center.
  • Intergenerational Workshop
    Multigenerational Community Workshop at Intercultural Senior Center
  • Intergenerational Workshop
    Multigenerational Community Workshop at Intercultural Senior Center
  • Intergenerational Workshop
    Multigenerational Community Workshop at Intercultural Senior Center
  • Intergenerational Workshop
    Multigenerational Community Workshop at Intercultural Senior Center
  • Intergenerational Workshop
    Multigenerational Community Workshop at Intercultural Senior Center
  • JCC Omaha
    Legacy Project Performance at the Jewish Community Center
  • JCC Omaha
    Legacy Project Performance at the Jewish Community Center
  • JCC Omaha
    Legacy Project Performance at the Jewish Community Center
  • JCC Omaha
    Legacy Project Performance at the Jewish Community Center

 

Our 2016-2017 tour to Omaha, Nebraska started in August of 2013 when Liz Feldstern, Director of the Institute for Holocaust Education invited us to perform after learning about us from our dear friend, Dr. Harriet Sepinwall, former professor of education and history and co-director of the Holocaust Education and Resource Center at the College of Saint Elizabeth in Morristown, NJ. Liz was very disappointed when she learned she couldn’t afford our fee to tour and train for about one week in NE. However, about twenty months ago, she re-contacted us to say that she had enjoyed reading about our work and ventures through e-blasts and social media and that she had found an equally interested partner, Omaha Performing Arts (OPA), who was thrilled to bring in such a top notch New York area dance company with a special approach to educating and building bridges in a community.

Over the last year, Carolyn, Stephanie Cathey, our former company manager, and me planned a terrific tour in conjunction with Liz, Kendra Whitlock Ingram- Vice President, Programming and Education for OPA, Joanie Mathis – Programming Manager-OPA, and Dominic Green-Community Engagement Manager-OPA. The tour ran from January 16-20, 2017 and it was comprised of the following activities:

· Tuesday, January 17th – 7pm – Mini Legacy Project Performance at a Patron Event at the Jewish Community Center

· Wednesday, January 18th – Company fanned out across Omaha

· 10:30 am – Student Matinee at Orpheum Theater for OPA
· 12:45 pm – Multigenerational Community Workshop at Intercultural Senior Center
· 4:30 – 6:00 pm – Pre-Professional Master class at the Holland Center taught by Carolyn and 1 dancer
· 6:30 – 8:00 pm – Workshop with 8th graders at Conservative Synagogue, Beth El Synagogue with Carolyn and 2 dancers

· Thursday, January 19th – Workshops and Performance

· 9:45 – 11:15 am – Master class at Duchesne High School Academy taught by 5 dancers
· 10 – 11:30 am – Master class held Omaha South High School taught by other 5 dancers
· 7:30 pm – Performance of The Legacy Project: A Dance of Hope at the Orpheum Theater with Talkback with Carolyn and dancers

 

Sharing art and process is the hallmark of Carolyn Dorfman Dance and we are committed to developing our programs in ways that broaden, deepen, and diversify audiences. This tour like our fall 2016 tour to Sarajevo, Bosnia, Herzegovina exemplifies the best of our community engagement programming. Our multi-touch approach brings audiences closer to the art and artists both onstage and in the studio. Whether at home or on tour, Carolyn Dorfman Dance creates a true “in residence” feel in every community we touch.

We are very proud of the commendation letter we received from Esther Katz, JCC Dance and Cultural Arts Director who participated throughout the week in our programming.

28
Apr
2017

While Carolyn and her ensemble of dancers tendu and leap their way through final rehearsals leading up to the annual gala celebration tonight, it takes a small army to bring this special performance and event to life led by a hardworking Gala committee and office staff! From the immediate tasks of seat selections (making sure the right people are seated next to the right people), final design of the Virtual Ad Journal, selling the few remaining theater tickets to selecting the menu, securing auction items and volunteers for the evening, we also look towards the individuals who have made a significant and/or long-term commitment to the Carolyn Dorfman Dance organization. Their contributions are honored each year with special awards given by the company recognizing their talents and commitment to the arts!

Here is one of the three 2017 recipients:

Horacee Arnold

Meet Horacee Arnold, one of the best-known jazz fusion drummers in the world, who will receive the Keystone award on Friday evening. Not only has he performed and recorded with Charles Mingus, Bud Powell, Stan Getz, Alvin Ailey, Chick Corea and Return to Forever, he is also the composer of TWO works on our gala program, Dance/Stories and Sextet. Although Arnold gained recognition while recording and touring with Chick Corea during the late 1960s, it was his two critically acclaimed releases – Tribe (Columbia, 1973) and Tales of the Exonerated Flea (Columbia, 1974) that earned him five-star ratings from critics and a loyal following of fans. In the late 1970s, with drummers Billy Hart and Freddie Waits, Arnold formed the performance-based jazz ensemble, Colloquium III, which led workshops at the New York Drummers’ Collective.  In the early 1990’s Horacee began his relationship with Carolyn Dorfman Dance, and composed two works that highlight energy, rhythm and power both in music and dance.

Sextet

Photo by Whitney Browne

Premiered in 1994, Sextet challenges the dynamic and technical range of the dancers. With images of quick darting actions and suspended moments at its core, the work follows an accumulation form, progressing from duet to trio, quartet, quintet and finally, the full ensemble.

Two years later, Horacee returned to the studio to help Carolyn Dorfman create Dance/Stories, which premiered in 1996. This work integrates a selection of folk tales from around the world—the narrative, movement, and composition by Arnold illuminate our common humanness, weaving together image and metaphor to create an enchanting and interdisciplinary work.

Dance Stories

Photo by Whitney Browne

Thank you Horacee for helping to bring our vision to the stage.

“The truest expression of a people is in its dance and in its music. Bodies never lie.”- Agnes deMille

See you Tonight!

29
Mar
2017

Carolyn Dorfman Dance is holding auditions for our 2017-18 Touring Season, including creation of new work, performance and teaching residencies.

  • Full-time, Part-time positions available
  • Paid rehearsals, performance, and teaching
  • Non-union, 30+ week contract.
  • Rehearsals are held in NYC.
  • Legal work status required.

Seeking male and female dancers with strong modern dance technique, bold athleticism and theatrical range. Women should be between 5’2-5’7 tall. Men should be minimum 5’6” tall. Hispanic, bilingual men are especially encouraged to audition. Minimum 2 years previous professional experience preferred. Dancers called back will be asked to perform a short solo.

Dancers interested in auditioning are encouraged to attend open company class on select dates in April. Class will be taught by Carolyn Dorfman at Gibney Dance Studios (890 Broadway, New York, NY). Information can be found online here or gibneydance.org.

DAY 1

Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Slot 1 -12:30 – 3pm or
Slot 2 – 3:30 – 6pm

Gina Gibney Dance Studios
890 Broadway, Studio 4
New York, NY 10003

CALL BACKS

Wednesday, May 3, 2017
12:00 – 6:00 pm

Gina Gibney Dance Studios
890 Broadway, Studio 4
New York, NY 10003

FINAL CALL BACKS

Thursday, May 4, 2017
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Paul Taylor Dance
551 Grand Street
New York, NY 10002

Dancers seen by appointment only. Must be available all 3 days. For an audition appointment, email kprata@carolyndorfman.dance with the following: resume, headshot, email, phone, Day 1 audition time slot preference, U.S. work status, and how you heard about the audition.

Carolyn Dorfman Dance is an equal opportunity employer

30
Dec
2016

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 cddc.ejoinme.org/donate. Thank you for allowing us to bring the joy of dance to so many young people and audiences.

Sincerely,

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

 

Carolyn Dorfman Dance is a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, as defined by the Internal Revenue Service. All donations are tax deductible in accordance with IRS regulations.

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