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15
Jul
2020

We’re thrilled to announce the premiere on Alone/Together – a new video work created in collaboration with the Ballet of National Theater Sarajevo and composer Svjetlana Bukvich.

In this time of great uncertainty and physical distancing, two artistic friends reached across thousands of miles to create a work that reinforces the unifying power of dance and the triumph of the human spirit. Carolyn Dorfman and Belma Čečo Bakrač, the ballet choreographer of the Ballet of National Theater Sarajevo, have asked their dancers to work with each other to choreograph a piece that celebrates their common bond.  Alone/Together also features music by contemporary Sarajevo composer Svjetlana Bukvich, who has composed two other Carolyn Dorfman Dance works. 

Click on the video embedded below to watch now!

 

 

Choreography: Belma Čečo Bakrač, Carolyn Dorfman, and the dancers

Carolyn Dorfman Dance: Samantha Altenau, Jarred Bosch, Nina Chong-Jimenez, Caroline Dietz, Quincy Dow, Lara Friedman-Kats, Brandon Jones, Robert Rubama, Katlyn Waldo, Martin Austin (Training Apprentice)

National Theater Ballet Sarajevo: Bajramović Lejla, Čmančanin Til, Efendić Selma, Kalkan Admir, Kečo Zulejha

Music and Lyrics by Svjetlana Bukvich, featuring the Lafayette Chorale

Graphic Design: Anna Shaffner

Photography: S. Omerbašić and Vandy Photography

Production Design/Video Editor: Madeline Moore

This project was designed remotely and was made creatively possible via Zoom and Google Earth Pro.

Copyright © 2020 by Carolyn Dorfman Dance. All Rights Reserved.

9
Aug
2017

Meet one of our 2017 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 Janel Brown, jbrown@carolyndorfman.dance, with any questions. Click here to learn more about NJ SummerDance.

Erika Mero, Ballet Technique and Performance

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 9:30 to 11:00 a.m., 11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

NJ SummerDance 2017 welcomes guest artist Erika Mero, ballet instructor at American Ballet Theatre’s Young Dancer Summer Workshop, Princeton Ballet School, The Lawrenceville School, and Mason Gross School of the Arts (Rutgers University). Erika’s ballet technique class involves working at both the barre and in the center. Intermediate and advanced students will have the opportunity to not only work on perfecting their technique, but to also work on the performance aspect of ballet technique and how to strengthen and improve these skills.

 

About Erika Mero

Erika Mero began her dance training at Princeton Ballet School. As a dancer in the Professional Training Program, she studied with Elisabeth Carroll, Septime Webre, Maria Youskevitch, Mary Pat Robertson and Douglas Martin. Ms. Mero was a member of Princeton Ballet II, a pre-professional company of the school, where she performed works by Sherry Alban and other members of the Princeton Ballet School staff.  Later, as a dancer in American Repertory Ballet Workshop, Ms. Mero appeared in the premiere of Graham Lustig’s Standstill as well as the ballerina role of Swanhilda in Coppélia.  During these years, she also attended The Juilliard School’s summer program for two years.

In 2006, Ms. Mero graduated Cum Laude with a BFA in Dance Performance from SUNY Purchase. While in attendance at SUNY, Ms. Mero began teaching at American Repertory Ballet’s Princeton Ballet School in 2003 and continues to do so as a ballet instructor. She is also a Dance Instructor with American Repertory Ballet’s DANCE POWER in New Brunswick and was named the Curriculum and Assessment Supervisor for the Program. Erika’s performance work includes two seasons with Stuart Loungway’s Terra Firma Dance Theatre, several opera productions with Opera New Jersey and as a featured dancer/choreographer in Capriccio at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia.  In May 2010, Erika graduated with an MA in Dance Education with a concentration in ABT Ballet Pedagogy from New York University.

Ms. Mero is an ABT® certified teacher who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 7 and Partnering of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. Erika has been on the faculty for ABT’s Young Dancer Summer Workshop since graduation from NYU and is currently an adjunct instructor at The Lawrenceville School in Lawrenceville, NJ as well as Rutgers University at Mason Gross School of the Arts.

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