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“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


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.


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


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 Thank you for allowing us to bring the joy of dance to so many young people and audiences.


 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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