“We move… We speak… From the beginning of time, people have defined themselves and their worlds through movement. From the stage to the street, we observe and come to understand others. In doing and creating, we shape ourselves and the world.” -Carolyn Dorfman

Carolyn Dorfman Dance teaches all levels providing carefully designed educational programs at the professional and pre-professional training programs, including university residencies and arts high schools, K–12 public, private and charter schools’ residencies and community programming. Master classes, lectures, and the company’s acclaimed “Back Stage Pass” lecture/ performance, help people connect dance to life, learn new skills, explore their potential and better understand our world and each other.

These professional development workshops introduce the modern dance art form and provide hands-on experience for classroom teachers. The sessions promote understanding, risk taking and validation of individual work and expression. Curriculum materials include the history of modern/contemporary dance, information on the structure, and it's vocabulary.

From the onset, Carolyn Dorfman’s class structure is based on technically demanding work that simultaneously challenges dancers to balance their own individuality and the work of the ensemble. Dancers must recognize that they constantly exist in relation to space and each other. With an emphasis on center-driven movement, weight transfer, breath phrasing, musicality, intention, nuance, focus and strong technique, dancers are given a class that develops body, mind and spirit. They move individually and collectively to gain insight into personalizing movement choices in performance, while expanding technical and dramatic range. At all levels of ability, Dorfman’s classes include aspects of CDDC’s repertory and connects the work to the rich legacy of contemporary dance.

In addition to master classes in technique, composition and repertory, CDDC is available for repertory reconstructions and choreographic commissions. CDDC has a rich and varied repertory with works that can be set on university students. With both mixed and single gender works, Dorfman’s works challenge students technically, teach strong partnering skills and demand strong individual performance and cohesive ensemble work.

CDDC is known throughout the country for its superb artistry and engaging Backstage Pass performances. CDDC presents an extraordinary program that merges the art of dance with Ms. Dorfman’s creative drive to communicate about the commonality of the human experience.


With both premiere and repertory performances, our Backstage Pass offeres unique opportunities. Student and community audiences are engaged in a dance concert as both observers and participants and learn about the artistic work and the process by which it is made. They watch, respond, move and create in a unique art experience. Backstage Pass ends with audience members joining CDDC on stage and in their seats to create a final dance together. An artist/audience discussion concludes the performanc

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