18
Aug
2021

Join Carolyn Dorfman Dance in welcoming our six new company members as we embark on our 2021-2022 season! Celebrating our 40th year, we are proud, also, to be celebrating these stunning dancers who are the most diverse ensemble in the history of our company. Coming to us from across the United States and the world, including English, they speak 7 languages – Creole/French, Spanish, Japanese, Italian, German, and Dutch. Carolyn and Company can’t wait to be in the studio with them in 2 weeks, and we can’t wait for you to meet them on September 26th at our Season Opening Performance (details coming soon)!!


Gianna Maxine Diaz

Gianna Maxine Diaz was born in North Bergen, NJ and graduated with a BFA in Dance, Performance and Choreography from Montclair State University. She has both commercial and concert dance experience performing in major venues such as the New York City Center in the works of major choreographers such as Bill T. Jones, Ohad Naharin and Martha Graham. She has taught across the East Coast and is Artistic Director of Eastside Dance Project, skilled in 10 different dance styles. She is bilingual in English and Spanish. This is Gianna’s first season with Carolyn Dorfman Dance.


Dominique Dobransky

Dominique Dobransky is an American-Belgian dancer currently based in New York City. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from The Ailey School/Fordham University with a BFA in Dance and Creative Writing. She has performed with various companies such as Abarukas Dance, Inclined Dance Project, The Ailey School, The DASH Ensemble and many others. Her choreography has been presented at the Ailey Citigroup Theater. Dominique is a bilingual, dual citizen of the USA and Belgium, and is passionate about cultural exchange, writing, travel, interdisciplinary collaborations, teaching, and storytelling. This is her first season with Carolyn Dorfman Dance.


Maiko Harada

Maiko Harada, a native of Japan, holds a BFA in Dance Education from Ochanomizu National University of Japan and studied Contemporary and Stage Composition. Falling in love with the diversity of dance in NYC, she relocated shortly after her graduation. She began her training at Peridance Capezio Center and Steps On Broadway studying Contemporary, Theatre Jazz, Ballet, Jazz/Lyrical, and the Horton Technique. She has worked with choreographers such as Karen Gayle, Richard Pierlon, Marie Meade, and many more. Maiko also found passion in aerial arts and rock climbing during the pandemic. This is Maiko’s first season with Carolyn Dorfman Dance.


Marsha Guirlande Pierre

Marsha Guirlande Pierre is a Haitian-American freelance artist based in Bronx, New York who began her dance training at Knecht Dance Academy under the direction of Elise Knecht. She graduated from Montclair State University, with a BFA in Dance Performance. She has performed with companies such as Jose Limon Dance Foundation, EMIA – Diversity of Dance, The Nathaniel Hunt Project, and many more. Her dance experience includes Ballet, Modern, Latin Ballroom, House/Hip Hop, Tap, and Jazz/Musical Theatre. Marsha is fluent in Creole/French and this is her first season with Carolyn Dorfman Dance.


Charles Scheland

Charles Scheland is a New York City based dance artist. Charles grew up and trained in Germany, Austria, and the Washington DC area. He graduated from the Ailey/Fordham BFA Dance program, with a double major in Dance and Economics. He is also an alumnus of the School of Jacob’s Pillow’s Contemporary Program. He has danced for RIOULT Dance NY, Michael Mao Dance, Buglisi Dance Theater, New England Dance Theater, as well as other companies and independent choreographers. He has performed works by Alvin Ailey, Elana Anderson, Robert Battle, Clifton Brown, and many more. This is his first season with Carolyn Dorfman Dance.


Martina Viadana

Martina Viadana was born in Milano, Italy and moved to the United States at the age of five. She began her training at the Lake Placid School of Ballet until moving to New York City and attended The Ailey School as a Junior Division student from 2011 to 2016. She is a graduate of the Professional Performing Arts School and has a Political Science degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Martina has worked with choreographers such as Hope Boykin, Mathew Rushing, Brice Mousset, Earl Mosley and Jessica Castro. This is Martina’s first season with Carolyn Dorfman Dance.

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