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2
Jun
2020

Dear Carolyn Dorfman Dance Community,

As an African American woman from Philadelphia who grew up in the turbulent, rebellious 1960’s and saw many great cities burn (including my own), watching all of the demonstrations and “burnings” happen again over the weekend has left me speechless, angry for sure, and just incredibly sad. I am particularly sad because the circumstances that ignited these demonstrations across the US (even the world) is based on an unchanging system of oppression and racism, where police cruelty leads to the maiming and/or murder of unarmed, innocent Black men.

As the Executive Director of Carolyn Dorfman Dance, and incidentally one of the few People of Color leading a Majority arts organization in NJ, on behalf of Carolyn Dorfman and our multi-racial, multi-ethnic company of dancers, Board of Trustees and staff, we want you to know that we stand in solidarity with the peaceful demonstrators and people letting their voices and pain be heard and seen around the world. We are meeting with our whole organization tomorrow, and will issue, a message representative of the whole organization over the next few days.

Carolyn Dorfman, as a child of Holocaust survivors, has always been concerned about the human condition which is reflected in her emotionally resonant dance works. Carolyn Dorfman Dance stands with all of our brother and sisters in the struggle and desire to become part of the solution once things calm down.

We firmly believe in the James Baldwin quote that “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.

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Anita Thomas
Executive Director
  Carolyn Dorfman
Founder/Artistic Director

 

8
May
2020

Dear Carolyn Dorfman Dance Community,

Our founder/artistic director Carolyn Dorfman, the dancers, staff, and trustees of Carolyn Dorfman Dance hope his message finds you well, healthy, and safe.

We know of far too many who have experienced personal tragedies.

Our hearts ache for your loss.

We know so many feeling desperation about their livelihoods, jobs, businesses, their ability to put food on the table. We wish you the strength to endure, to hold on.

This harrowing pandemic has brought out the best in people and the worst.

We must hold fast to our moral obligation to call out the scapegoating and xenophobia we hear around us.  At the same time, we can feel truly heartened and lifted up by so many acts, both large and small, of amazing human kindness and decency we see around us. Dr. Craig Smith writes, “Nobility in small things will get us through this.”

We yearn to return to “normalcy.” Yet this crisis has changed us for the better in valuable ways. Life feels more precious now. Family feels more precious now. Our shared humanity is more clear to us now. Our capacity to be strong and resilient, to adapt and improvise is more apparent to us now.

Let us give the very best within us.

Carolyn Dorfman Dance is here for you. Take good care and stay safe!


Rabbi Stuart Gershon
Board of Trustees

 

P.S.  Please enjoy this beautiful, thought-provoking video by British poet Tom Roberts.

Tomfoolery – The Great Realisation from Tom Roberts on Vimeo.

21
Apr
2020

Dear Carolyn Dorfman Dance Community,

Our founder/artistic director, Carolyn Dorfman, along with the dancers, staff, and trustees of Carolyn Dorfman Dance hope you are feeling well and staying safe.

We are living in unimaginable times – pandemic times.

How do we keep our sanity?

By remembering the beauty in life. And how much we will emerge from this crisis smarter and wiser about what is truly most important in life.

At this time of rising fear and tension, how do we bring out the best in ourselves?

By remembering we are all interconnected – and interdependent.

We have a responsibility to protect our loved ones, our fellow human travelers, and the medical professionals who are putting their lives on the line for us.

This is a life-changing global crisis. What matters most is how we shall choose to respond:

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks writes, “One of the greatest challenges in free societies is to maintain a balance between the ‘I’ of self-interest and the ‘We’ of the common good…There is within each of us an ‘I’ that asks: “what’s in it for me?’ But there is also a ‘We’ that knows ‘we are all in this together.’

We will get through this – by “pulling together and looking after each other.” Carolyn Dorfman Dance is here for you. Take good care and stay safe!


Rabbi Stuart Gershon
Board of Trustees

17
Mar
2020

Dear Carolyn Dorfman Dance Community,

We send this with hopes that you and yours are well and taking the necessary precautions and medical care to manage the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

To ensure the safety of our dancers and staff, Carolyn Dorfman Dance has suspended all in-person artistic, educational and community programming until it is considered safe and recommended by local, state and national governments and the CDC. During this time our number one goal is to financially support our dancers, staff and collaborating artists as we navigate this crisis. We also will work creatively with our presenting, education and community partners as we look to the future and, where possible, provide virtual programming to fulfill our joint commitments, goals and missions.

Our May 2, 2020 performance and gala benefit at NJPAC, entitled TOGETHER, will be postponed, yet its message will continue to be our mantra. At a time when social distancing is required for our health and well-being, our artistic and life philosophy, “that at our best, we are unique individuals who exist in relation to each other” and “that we are inextricably linked” is more important than ever. We are, in fact, in this TOGETHER, and it will take our individual and collective commitment to ourselves and one another to overcome COVID-19 and its effects on all of us.

These steps have not been easy because our annual Performance and Gala Benefit at NJPAC is our biggest and most important fundraiser. The success of our Performance and Gala Benefit is essential not only for the salaries of our dancers, but also for the implementation of our performance, educational and community programming. We hope that in the coming weeks you will answer our call for support and that you continue your generosity during this very, very challenging time.

TOGETHER, with your help, Carolyn Dorfman Dance will be able to fulfill our vision for creating a better world by transforming lives through Dance.

We will stay connected…so stay tuned.

All our best,

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Carolyn Dorfman
Founder/Artistic Director
  Don Jay Smith
Board Chair
  Anita Thomas
Executive Director

 

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23
Dec
2019

“THANK YOU for challenging the young students to work together, to be a bigger, better version of themselves, to respect one another, their ideas and opinions AND to love what they do.” – Parent of a Carolyn Dorfman Dance student. 

Dear Friend,

Thank you for being part of the Carolyn Dorfman Dance family. We are so grateful for the support of our community. Last year, funding from our generous donors allowed us to:

  • Reach more than 10,000 patrons and students through performance and educational programming.
  • Share 20 performances in 13 venues.
  • Conduct 13 school residencies serving 21 schools, reaching over 2,500 students.
  • Restage signature works including Love Suite Love, Odisea, and Interior Designs.
  • Experience robust teaching/performance tours to Madison, WI; Lehigh Valley, PA; and Fairfax, VA.

Impact. Connect. Community. Collaboration. These words are at the heart of our mission to change the world through dance. We’re excited to announce several landmark partnerships with internationally renowned artists in 2020:

  • An expansive six-month, multi-faceted exchange with Katha Ghera, a women theatre collective, from Kathmandu, Nepal. The project is one of only six selected for support from Communities Connecting Heritage (CCH) a world learning program funded by the US Department of State.
  • A new work set to the music of Louis Prima, commissioned by the Gia Maione Prima Foundation and the Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts at Ocean County College. The work will premiere in the fall of 2020.
  • A potential new collaboration with master jazz violist Regina Carter.

Of course, all of our work is not possible without the support of generous donors. We hope we can count on you for a gift of any size to help us bring the joy of dance to communities large and small.

Wishing you a joyous holiday season of peace and hope,

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Anita Thomas
Executive Director

Carolyn Dorfman
Founder/Artistic Director

22
Nov
2019

A call to action to celebrate and elevate the power and essentialness of women’s voices in domestic and international cultural preservation, evolution and social change. A six month US State Department Cultural Exchange program partnering with Katha Ghera from Nepal.

What:

Carolyn Dorfman Dance is seeking diverse women dance artists to join us for a six-month, multi-faceted exchange with Katha Ghera, a women theatre collective, from Kathmandu, Nepal. This project is supported by Communities Connecting Heritage (CCH) a world learning program funded by the US Department of State.

Click here to read a complete overview.

Who:

We’re seeking women dance artists (ages 18- 25, especially women of color, LGBTQ, various religions) to participate in the project (February-July 2020), including a two-week in-person cultural exchange featuring workshops, creation and performances across New Jersey and New York City in June 2020.

Selection Process:

Participants will be selected through an on-line application (see link below). Selected applicants will be interviewed before final decision. You will be notified no later than December 23, 2019 via email.

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  December 18, 2019. 

For More Information:  Contact us at info@carolyndorfman.dance or call our office at 908-687-8855

Click here to apply

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.

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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.

31
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.

Franklin Diaz, Salsa Movement Workshop

Thursday, August 15th at 3:00 – 5:00PM

NJ SummerDance welcomes Franklin Diaz. Mr. Diaz will conduct the Salsa Movement workshop.

About Franklin Diaz

Franklin is a resident choreographer at Adelante Studios in New York City. He began choreographing in 1999 and has studied salsa, ballet, modern, jazz, and flamenco. Since then, Franklin has worked with international Grammy award winning artists. Selected collaborations include Celia Cruz, Tito Puente, Fania All Stars, Jose Alberto El Canario, and Tito Nieves. Franklin has also starred in the hit television show All My Children. In addition to training his student team, Franklin often travels internationally to perform and continues teaching his global student base in over 20 countries.

24
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.

Amos Machanic, Jr., Horton Technique Workshop

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Wednesday, August 14th at 3:00 – 5:00pm

NJ SummerDance welcomes Amos Machanic, Jr. Mr. Machanic will conduct a workshop based on the Horton Technique created by modern dance pioneer Lester Horton. Students can expect a fun, energetic class that explores alignment, opposition and musicality.

About Amos Machanic, Jr.

Amos Machanic, Jr. is currently a Teaching Artist with Ailey Arts In Education & Community Programs. Mr. Machanic also teaches at The Ailey Extension, Ballet Academy East, and for the American Ballet Theater Kids Summer Intensive Program. Mr. Machanic studied dance at The New World School of the Arts and continued his training at The Ailey School where he was a fellowship recipient. Machanic was a member of Ailey II and Joined The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 1996. During his 15 years with the company, Amos had the pleasure of traveling and performing across the globe. In 2010, he performed at the White House tribute to Judith Jamison and now enjoys being a freelance artist and teacher.

24
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.

Arvin Arjona, An Integrated Class Can Create Unified Dance Workshop

Thursday, August 15th at 9:30 – 11:10am

NJ SummerDance welcomes Arvin Arjona. Arvin will be teaching a workshop about Integrated Dance, one that welcomes and includes all dancers regardless of abilities or limitations. The class will include learning different dance genres and improvisation. You will experience it in two ways: One as being you and the other with different limitations imposed on your body.

About Arvin Arjona

Arvin Arjona has taught in various dance studios in New Jersey and is currently a full-time dance educator at Milburn High School in New Jersey and an Adjunct Professor at Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts.  He is also a Master Dance Teacher in the summer teaching around the country at local dance studios.  Arvin has also taught at the Bi-Annual National High Dance Festival and has presented at the NJEA Teacher’s Convention, the NJAHPERD convention and the CTAHPERD convention.  Arvin is one of the most sought out presenters of Dance in the nation for Physical Education Educators and Dance Educators and has done many professional development for these Educators across the country.  He has also presented at Shape America’s National Conference and National Dance Educators Organization National Conference and recently did a webinar for the Spark and Sportime Company in June of 2015. 

Mr. Arjona has a Masters in Dance Education at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development. He received an AA in Dance from County College of Morris and a BA in Special Education, with a minor in English, History, and Psychology from Jersey City State College.  He is responsible for development of the curriculum and the dance program for Millburn High School. Before being a full-time Dance Educator at Millburn High School, he was a Special Education Teacher for ten years in different schools in New Jersey.  He is also an adjunct professor at Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts and teaches a graduate course for future dance educators.  Mr. Arjona has taught at the Brockus Conservatory of Musical Theater and Dance in Redlands, California as one of the summer dance educators and the assistant director of the Brockus Conservatory summer dance intensive. 

Arvin has performed with Funk That Hip Hop Dance Company, Mooshi Sushi Crew, Triple Threat Dance, La Tin Dance Company and AP Motion Dance Company between 1995-2003. Mr. Arjona has been in National Tours of Chorus Line, Footloose, and Les Miserables.  He has choreographed various musicals for Bloomfield High School and Millburn High School in New Jersey.  Arvin also served as a Vice President of Dance for the New Jersey Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (NJAPHERD) Executive board.  He has also received NJAPHERD’s 2013-2014 Dance Teacher of The Year Award. Arvin has also received Shape America Eastern District Association’s 2015 Dance Teacher of the Year.   The Millburn High School Dance Program and Arvin were a featured article, Boundless Enthusiasm, in the August 2013 Dance Teacher Magazine written by Hannah Marie Hayes.  In 1996, he received the Dancer of the Year Award from County College of Morris.  Arvin received a Teacher Fellowship to Bates Dance Festival in 2007 and was included in the 2007-2008 Who’s Who Among American Teachers, which honors the nations most respected teachers at all levels and disciplines of education.

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.

9
Aug
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.

Nathan Trice, Contemporary Modern

Thursday, August 16th, 3:00 – 5:00 pm

Nathan Trice HeadshotNJ SummerDance 2018 welcomes Artistic Director/Founder of nathantrice/RITUALS Nathan Trice. This contemporary modern master class is described as Athletic, Physical, Fluid and Gestural.

About Nathan Trice

Nathan Trice is the founder and artistic director of nathantrice/RITUALS, a project-by-project contemporary dance theater company based in Brooklyn, NY. The company’s mission is to reflect the importance of empathy, compassion and understanding, in the pursuit of global humanism. nathantrice/RITUALS has lived and developed its projects in residence at RestorationART for the past 14 years. Projects to date include: Recognizing Women Project, Summer Intensive Project and Strange Love: EPISODES. Since 1998 the company has toured throughout the US, Aruba, Bermuda, Japan and Hong Kong. In addition, Trice is the co-director of ChoreoQuest, a choreographer-in-residency program at RestorationART which provides choreographers of African descent in the five boroughs of NYC the resources to incubate and develop innovative new works. He also is the co-founder of Artist Co-Creating Real Equity (ACRE), an inter-generational, multi-racial group of artists and cultural workers committed to organizing for racial equity in the influential realms of art and culture, arts and education, funding, media, curation, casting and space. For more information visit: www.nathantricerituals.com.

 

6
Aug
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.

Chad Woodard, “Why the Healthiest Dancers Must Learn to Control Themselves”

Thursday, August 16, 2018 at 9:30 – 11:15 am

NJ SummerDance 2018 welcomes Principal Director of Symbio Physiotherapy Chad Woodard. This master class will highlight the necessity to own your transverse plane and entail a discussion and movement practice to optimize rotational control to optimize healthy movement and mitigate risk of injury.

About Chad Woodard, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, CMPT, CSCS, FRCms

Chad Woodard holds multiple degrees and certifications in sports and ortho Physical Therapy. Strengthened by over a decade of clinical experience, Chad has developed the skill and reputation to be a widely sought after physiotherapist across the NYC area as well as internationally. While his clinical expertise is broad, Chad specializes in treating runners, triathletes, dancers, and men with pelvic floor dysfunction. His first love, however, is mentoring and collaborating with his exceptional team of brilliant physios.

Chad is also a competitive athlete. After several years as a professional dancer, he began his journey as an endurance athlete having competed in multiple marathons, Ironman level triathlons, and other extreme endurance events.

If you ask Chad, he will tell you that creating Symbio and witnessing the growth of this team is his greatest achievement–something far more important than degrees, certifications, or accolades. May he never forget, and may all who encounter the Symbio team know that joy and find that mutual growth that we have built.

Follow Chad @askdrchad

 

2
Aug
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.

Rokafella, Classic Hip Hop Dance and Culture

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at 3:00 – 5:00 pm

Rokafella HeadshotNJ SummerDance 2018 welcomes Hip-Hop Artist and B-Girl Rokafella. “Classic Hip hop dance” is a term used to describe the styles that created the foundation of what is seen today in popular concert choreography and dance competitions. Breaking, Popping, Locking and Up/ Rocking emerged in the late 70’s in NYC. In the 80’s and 90’s other social dances appeared in response to the new rap music trends including New Jack Swing. This class will introduce students to basic movements in each of the styles with brief historical references that will help position today’s trends in a continuum of urban expression.

About Rokafella

Ana “Rokafella” Garcia is a NYC native who has represented Hip-hop dance professionally over the past two decades. She co-founded Full Circle Prod Inc- NYC’s only nonprofit Break Dance Theater company with her husband veteran Bboy Kwikstep. Together they have generated theater pieces, poetry, a documentary highlighting the Bgirl lifestyle entitled “All The Ladies Say” and original music based on her experiences growing up in Hip-hop’s Mecca. She is hired internationally to judge Break dance competitions based on her mastery of the classic Hip-hop dance style and she teaches unique workshops aimed at evolving and preserving its technical aspects. The NYC public, private schools and universities as well as local community centers present her workshops to aspiring dancers as part of mentoring programs. Presently she is an artist in residence at the American Tap Dance Foundation, an adjunct professor at The New School and former member of the Bessie’s Dance Performance Award committee. She has been featured in pivotal Rap music videos, tours, film and commercials as well as choreographed for diverse festival concerts such as the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. In the Spring of 2017 she launched ShiRoka–a T shirt line collaboration with Shiro Japanese Graffiti writer to add to her Earring Designs which can be found at the Bronx Museum gift shop and online. Rokafella is a multi-faceted Hip-hop artist who references street and Latino culture as her foundation.

 

 

 

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