Archives for NJ SummerDance
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.

 

 

 

16
Jul
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.

Kelly Buwalda, Nutrition for Dancers

Monday, August 13, 2018 at 3:45 – 5:00 pm

Kelly Buwalda HeadshotNJ SummerDance 2018 welcomes Certified Health Coach Kelly Buwalda. This workshop will address special demands of being a dancer – athlete and artist. This interactive lecture will ignite appreciation for one’s own body and its unique needs, aim to demystify trends and fad diets, address body image concerns, as well as provide a foundation of healthy practices for years to come.

About Kelly Buwalda

Kelly Buwalda is a Certified Health Coach and founder of NYC-based Kelly Buwalda Nutrition & Wellness. An Indiana native, she attended Hope College (Holland, Michigan) on a dance scholarship and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in dance and psychology. She continued her education at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, and upon graduating was hired as summer faculty at Joffrey Ballet School. She has created “Nutrition for Dancers” workshops for Carolyn Dorfman Dance, New York Dance Project, and Detroit Dance City Festival, and has enjoyed presenting wellness workshops for a variety of companies and organizations. For over 13 years Buwalda has been a Teaching Artist/Choreographer at Jacques d’Amboise’s far-reaching non-profit National Dance Institute. She recently conceived and directed At the River’s Edge, NDI’s 2018 Event of the Year, which included over 200 children performing to live music at Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. Throughout her years in NYC she has enjoyed performing at numerous venues across New York City and internationally with Julio Rivera, Erin Dudley, Mei-Yin Ng, and in her own work. Buwalda integrates her experiences as an artist, athlete, and educator to inform and inspire her clients towards transformation.

 

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.

8
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.

Jenna Riegel, Intermediate/Advanced Partnering and Improvisation

Monday, August 14, 2017 at 1:00 to 2:50 pm

 

NJ SummerDance 2017 welcomes guest artist, and former Carolyn Dorfman Dance company member, Jenna Riegel. This two hour workshop will delve into the techniques and mechanics of contemporary partnering focusing on anatomical efficiency and the coordinated efforts of both partners. We will utilize some of the foundational elements of contact improvisation such as gradation of weight sharing and giving, qualities of touch (low tone to high tone) and physical listening and alert responsiveness. We will examine and talk about the importance of the pelvic relationships between partners during any lift or maneuver. We will put theory to practice and learn codified lifts and maneuvers that highlight certain principles of partnering and also incorporate improvisational exercises centered around certain skill sets to help expand our partnering toolbox. The workshop will emphasize sensation, safety and economic execution over aesthetic or style.

 

About Jenna Riegel

Jenna Riegel, a native of Fairfield, Iowa, has been a New York-based dancer, performer and teacher since 2007. Currently a member of the Bill T. Jones/ Arnie Zane Company, Jenna also had the honor of performing with Daara Dance (choreographer Michel Kouakou), Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company, johannes wieland, Tania Isaac Dance and Bill Young/Colleen Thomas & Company. She has also toured nationally and internationally as a company member of David Dorfman Dance and Alexandra Beller Dances. Jenna has performed in New York City venues such as The Joyce, New York Live Arts, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Danspace at St. Marks Church, Dance Theater Workshop, Aaron Davis Hall, Joyce SoHo, Dance New Amsterdam, Movement Research, Henry Street Settlement/Abrons Arts Center, John Ryan Theater, Symphony Space and the Duo Theater.

Jenna has been on faculty at Barnard College and The Juilliard School teaching contemporary technique and contemporary partnering. She has also taught classes in contemporary technique at Dance New Amsterdam, The Joffrey Ballet School, 100 Grand, Gibney Dance as well as at festivals around the world such as the New York University’s Tisch Summer Dance Festival, the Open Look Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia, the Annual Dance Conference and Performance Festival in Bytom, Poland and the Dance Isadora Festival in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia. Jenna is also a certified Stott Pilates instructor and taught pilates in NYC from 2007-2014. Jenna holds an M.F.A. from the University of Iowa and a B. A. in Theater Arts from Maharishi University of Management.

3
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.

Amit Shah, Bollywood

Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 3:00 to 5:00 pm

NJ SummerDance 2017 welcomes guest artist Amit Shah, creator of AATMA Performing Arts, “an award-winning dance company that stands at the unique intersection of traditional Indian performance and modern movement.”

In Amit’s class, students will learn the origin of “Bollywood” dance through Indian classical and folk technique and choreography.

 

About Amit Shah

Amit Shah is the Founder and Creative Director of AATMA Performing Arts and the Choreographer and Director of the internationally-acclaimed Bollywood dance spectacular, Mystic India: The World Tour. His experience in theater, visual arts, and dance allows him to serve as a compelling force in the performing arts industry, especially in the realm of modern Indian entertainment. Amit’s unique dance style merges strength and sensuality, while his perception of choreography and production combines both a dancer’s emotions and an audience’s virtual experience. He earned his reputation through his distinctive approach to presenting traditional Indian dance for a modern audience. 

In 2009, Amit created the award-winning dance company, AATMA Performing Arts, which quickly became a leading worldwide brand in Indian dance with branches in New Jersey, New York, and Los Angeles. Of its projects is Mystic India: The World Tour, the first USA-based Bollywood dance spectacular seen by over half a million people worldwide. 

Amit’s work has been featured globally on stage and received tremendous accolades with the media worldwide (notably with The New York TimesThe Star Ledger, NBC’s The Today Show, and Dance Teacher Magazine). Amit has also worked on live shows with AR Rahman, Priyanka Chopra, Carrie Underwood, John Legend, as well as assisted in choreography on Bollywood film sets with Deepika Padukone, John Abraham, Genelia D’Souza and Shahrukh Khan’s production house, Red Chillies Entertainment. His work has also been featured on the Netflix series Brown Nation.

In 2012, Amit launched Andaz Costume Design, a company dedicated to designing and fabricating costumes to dance companies around the world, and Aura Events & Entertainment, an event production company that plans private, corporate, and other branded events. In 2013, Amit founded South Asian Choreographer’s Alliance (SAC Alliance) with the goal of uniting South Asian artists and choreographers for the purpose of cultural preservation. He has also been a chief public speaker at a number of colleges to promote the pursuit of passion as a career and continues to conduct workshops on dance, entrepreneurship, and brand building to inspire students and future generations to make their dreams into reality.

22
Aug
2016

Another great NJ SummerDance intensive has come and gone. We are proud that you survived a tough week of sore knees, bandaged toes, sometimes wounded egos, 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 Tiffany Rea-Fisher, Juel D. Lane and Barbara Angeline, we loved having the chance to work with an incredible group of hardworking, highly motivated students.

We hope to see many of you at our upcoming masterclasses, residencies and performances.

Special Recognition for our generous donors who provided funding for NJ SummerDance Scholarships:

Robin and Russell Aubrey, Jordan and Noah Dorfman, Eric Freidman, Kathi R. Levin, Alan and Melanie Levitan, Ali LoConte Memorial Fund, Susan and Richard Matthews, Martha Mensch, Dr. Harold Pollack, Reynolds Landscaping, Russell Schiafo Construction, Gayle Weiss, and Sheldon and Rhoda Whitman.

Carolyn Dorfman Dance would like to also extend a SPECIAL THANK YOU to our corporate sponsor, Stop&Shop, New York Metro Division and Super Stop&Shop of Union for their consistent support since 2011,

Stop & Shop

as well as ShopRite, Target, and Costco of Union Township for providing refreshments.

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We’re so grateful to the following people for their consistent support of Carolyn Dorfman Dance and NJ SummerDance 2016:

Kean University General Administration Staff especially Luis Martinez, Associate Professor of Physical Education, Recreation and Health; Jessica Adams, Department Chair; Valerie Winslow, Director of Conference and Event Services; Gina Lampasona, Managing Assistant Director, Conference and Event Services;

All Stars Project of New Jersey Summer Intern Shadaisha White, sponsored by Kevin Cummings, President/CEO of Investors Bank;

and the Carolyn Dorfman Dance Board of Trustees.

14
Aug
2016

Meet one of our 2016 Guest Artists for NJ SummerDance!

Guest Artists Master Classes are included in full registration, as well as at a drop in rate of $30/each. Email Stephanie Cathey, scathey@carolyndorfman.dance, to sign up and confirm availability. Click here to learn more about NJ SummerDance.

Juel D. Lane, “Movement as a Voice” – Contemporary Technique

Wednesday, August 17th at 3:00 to 5:00 pm

Juel D. LaneNJ SummerDance 2016 welcomes guest artist Juel D. Lane, dancer with Camille A. Brown & Dancers, choreographer, and former Carolyn Dorfman Dance company member.

Juel’s contemporary class will explore a technique based on rhythm, alignment, physicality, precision, and articulation, with an emphasis on understanding the full body in an exciting and organized way with the goal of self-expression as a dancer.

 

About Juel D. Lane

JUEL D. LANE is an artist from Atlanta, Ga. He is a graduate of Tri-Cities High School, former member of The Youth Ensemble of Atlanta, and holds a BFA from the University of North Carolina of the Arts.

Alliance Theatre Credits: C.A. Lyons Project,  I DREAM (Assistant Choreographer).  

Regional: SPUNK (True Colors Theatre- Choreographer),  Rob Jackson’s, Rebirth (The Fox Theater, Atlanta-Choreographer), STAGGER LEE, Dallas Theater Center, Associate-Choreographer).

Mentions:Cover of  May/June 2015 Dance Studio Magazine, Dance Magazine “25 to Watch” (2013),Creative Loafing, Arts Atl( Atlanta).

Professional Dance Companies:Andrea E. Woods Souloworks and Dancers, Carolyn Dorfman Dance, Ronald K. Brown Evidence,  Helen Simoneau Danse, and currently with Camille A. Brown & Dancers.

Commissions: Atlanta Ballet, North Carolina School of the Arts, Wake Forest University. 

Dance films: “Just Another Day” and “How to Kill a Ghost”, “Made of Matter”, “When The Beat Drops.”

Lane was recently awarded to participate in the 2015-2016 Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation New Directions Choreography Lab under the direction of Alvin Ailey artistic director Robert Battle.

 

15
Jul
2016

Meet one of our 2016 Guest Artists for NJ SummerDance!

Guest Artists Master Classes are included in full registration, as well as at a drop in rate of $30/each. Email Stephanie Cathey, scathey@carolyndorfman.dance, to sign up and confirm availability. Click here to learn more about NJ SummerDance.

Barbara Angeline, Theatrical Jazz Dance

Thursday, August 18th at 3:00 to 5:00 pm

Barbara AngelineExpressions that illuminate any stage, precision marked with pizzazz and all the enthusiasm of a Broadway production! Theatrical Jazz distinguishes itself from the more familiar jazz dance forms. Drawing inspiration from Bob Fosse and encouraging the truest form of self-expression from each dancer will be the goal of this summer’s Theatrical Jazz master class.

NJ SummerDance 2016 welcomes guest artist, Barbara Angeline, Instructor of Dance Arts, Mason Gross School of the Arts (Rutgers University). Under the unique instruction of Barbara Angeline, students can look forward to immersing themselves in a choreographic learning process that holds true to the depth of American jazz dance.

Barbara’s accomplished work, Rhapsody, presented itself as a stunningly cohesive partnership between the style of George Balanchine and the influence of Bob Fosse. The importance of individuality presses on, especially in our age of highly marketable trends and instantly gratifying portrayals of the ‘ideal’ lifestyle. Leaving lasting impressions is what it’s all about. As an audience member it is energizing to watch jazz numbers; with electrifying confidence accompanying each step, jazz dance vividly celebrates self-expression.

Under Barbara Angeline’s well-rooted leadership in the classic American technique, NJ SummerDance students will have the opportunity to learn what it takes to sculpt their personal styles of expression, while still executing the legendary styles of Bob Fosse and Jack Cole.

During the 2016 NJ SummerDance program, students will be encouraged to explore movement technique in efforts to understand and answer questions like, “How do I craft my own style of performing while still capturing the essence of traditional theatrical jazz?”. This summer the dance studio will serve as a space for both historical education and choreographic experimentation.

About Barbara Angeline

Barbara Angeline is the founder and Artistic Director of Hysterika Jazz Dance. HJD is a jazz dance company dedicated to expanding the legacy of jazz dance as an American art form with a rich and powerful history. The company’s first performance took place in Fall 2014, when the company premiered Mi Maschera (Mask Me), an original jazz dance work that illuminated the use of Venetian Masks in the Baroque Period as it related to issues of gender bias and explorations of female identity. HJD made its New York City debut in two concerts, premiering a new solo, N’est-ce Pas Si Bon? at the Artists in Flight Showcase and reconstructing eat Crow at the Salvatore Capezio Theater for the New York Jazz Choreography Project.

Barbara’s historical collaboration process has been used in many of her choreographic works, including: “Rhapsody” – choreographed in the style of George Balanchine; “Tightrope” – choreographed to immerse performers in the significant contributions of Bob Fosse; and “eat Crow” – inspired by the movement style, performance quality and history of Josephine Baker. In 2014, Barbara presented her process in a workshop titled “Jazz Dance Choreography – Historical Collaborations with Dance Luminaries” at the National Dance Education Organization’s conference in Chicago. She also created and facilitated a jazz dance panel at the conference that gathered jazz dance educators from around the country to discuss “Jazz Dance in Higher Education and The Professions: Where Do We Go From Here?”

As a performer, Barbara has been featured in Broadway Backwards 5 at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theatre (soloist), Broadway Backwards 6 at the Longacre Theatre (dance captain) and Broadway Backwards 7 at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre. Credits also include: The Oakland Ballet Company (soloist), Broadway Bares, The Gypsy of the Year Awards, featured roles in Equity musicals–The Wizard of Oz (National Tour), Oliver, On the Town, Joseph…, Carnival, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers—five years inarial the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular, and dance captain and adagio feature for The Radio City Easter Spectacular. Barbara has worked with Woody Allen, Jerry Mitchell, Graciela Daniele, Bob Bartley, Bernadette Peters, and Aretha Franklin.

Barbara holds an M.A. in Dance Education (New York University) and a B.A. in Dance (UC Irvine). She is a full-time Instructor of Dance Arts at Rutgers, teaching Broadway Jazz Technique, Jazz Dance, History of Broadway Dance (fully online, author), Dance Studies, Dance History, and Improvisation. Barbara taught Choreography for the Theater at Hofstra University and teaches master classes nationally. She was an assistant and substitute teacher in Musical Theatre Dance at the Steinhardt School at NYU. She also taught weekly Musical Theater Audition workshops to students in the vocal performance and musical theater programs at Steinhardt. Barbara was a faculty member at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City, where she developed curriculum; staged movement and combat for Academy Company plays; and taught Movement for Actors courses as well as musical theater and period movement workshops. Barbara is a guest lecturer at the Lee Strasberg Institute (ballet, jazz), NYU (ballet, jazz, musical-theater dance).

Barbara’s research area is critical thinking in dance education. She has presented her research and “Critical Pedagogy in Dance Technique Class” movement workshops at Harvard University, Hofstra University, Rutgers University, SUNY Brockport, Tisch School of the Arts and the Steinhardt School at New York University, and at the NDEO’s national conference. She was on the Board of the New York State Dance Education Association. Barbara was on the writing committee that synthesized, facilitated and wrote information for the NDEO “Vision Document for Dance 2050: The Future of Dance In Higher Education.”

17
Aug
2015

Another great NJ SummerDance intensive has come and gone, and we are grateful for a wonderful week of dance, reflection, and exploration.

Whether it was in technique class, repertory, or the master classes with Julie Tice, Talu Green and Jeffrey Page, Danielle Conner, and Eddie Stockton, we loved having the chance to work with an incredible group of students.

Thank you for a great week, we can’t wait to dance with you again next year!

 

Special Recognition for our generous donors who provided funding for NJ SummerDance Scholarships:

Debbie and Jay Berez, Edith and Richard Dunlap, Eric Friedman, Kathi R. Levin, Alan and Melanie Levitan, Mark and Peg Reynolds, and Sheldon and Rhoda Whitman.

Carolyn Dorfman Dance would like to also extend a SPECIAL THANK YOU to our corporate sponsor, Stop&Shop, New York Metro Division and Super Stop&Shop of Union for their consistent support since 2011,

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as well as ShopRite and Target of Union Township for providing refreshments.

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We’re are so grateful to the following people for their consistent support of Carolyn Dorfman Dance and NJ SummerDance 2015:

Kean University General Administration Staff especially Luis Martinez, Associate Professor of Physical Education, Recreation and Health and Artistic Director of the Kean Dance Theater; Jessica Adams, Department Chair; Brian Treanor, Director of Scholarship Services (for providing Chaison Scholarships); Valerie Winslow, Director of Conference and Event Services; Gina Lampasona, Managing Assistant Director, Conference and Event Services;

Summer Interns Naomi Freeman and Kwame NTI;

Kevin Cummings, President/CEO of Investors Bank for sponsoring Kwame;

and the Carolyn Dorfman Dance Board of Trustees.

6
Aug
2015

We’re excited to announce our 2015 Guest Artists for NJ SummerDance. Guest Artists Master Classes are included in full registration, as well as at a drop in rate of $30/each. Email Stephanie Cathey, scathey@carolyndorfman.dance, to sign up and confirm availability. Click here to learn more about NJ SummerDance.

Talu Green and Jeffrey Page, “Exploring the Traditions of Mali through Drum & Dance”

Tuesday, August 11 at 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Talu and Jeffrey will be teaching a joint Master Class with drumming and dancing. In this class, students will be given a series of dance movements, from the West African Region, specifically Mali. Accompanied by a live musician, students will be able to hear and grasp the relationship of music and dance through traditional movement. It will be fun, energetic and informative.

TaluGreenHeadshotRasaan “Talu” Green is a musician and actor who was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. His parents provided him with a musical foundation at a very young age. At 5 years old, Talu traveled to West Africa where he adopted the Djembe drum as his chosen instrument. It moved him to continue honing his skills, affording him the opportunity to perform with top percussion and dance companies such as Calabash Drum and Dance, Ayoluwa Drum and Dance, Vision In Peace, Indoda Entsha, Creative Outlet and Bambara Drum and Dance. Talu received his BFA in Music with Honors from Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus.

Upon graduating, Talu joined the cast of the Tony award winning show Fela! on Broadway. He has held the Principal percussionist role both nationally and internationally throughout the productions run. In 2014, Talu teamed up with recording artist Ms. Lauryn Hill, touring and recording as her percussionist. He started his own band, TaluDjembe & the Soundologists- collaborating with kindred artists, embarking on new musical sounds and beyond, under his label Lion Falcon Entertainment.

Jeffrey Page

Jeffrey Page is the winner of the 2011 MTV “Best Choreography” VMA for Beyoncé’s “Run the World (Girls)” video and has received an Emmy Nomination for “Outstanding Choreography in Television” for the opening sequence of the 36th Annual NAACP Image Awards Ceremony on Fox Television.

For over 8 years Mr. Page has been a part of Beyoncé’s creative team and recently his work was featured on the Mrs. Carter Show World Tour and HBO special. In addition to his work on Fox Television’s So You Think You Can Dance, he has created sequences for The Billboard Awards, World Music Awards, BET Awards and MTV Awards to name just a few. He was a member of the original award winning Broadway cast of Fela! and was choreographer for the hit Broadway musical ‘Violet’ starring Sutton Foster.

Mr. Page has most recently directed and choreographed the all-Japanese version of Memphis, which won the Tony Award for Best Musical while on Broadway, and is currently running and receiving glowing reviews in Tokyo, Japan. In addition to being an authority figure on a wide array of West African dance techniques and a dance ethnologist with scholarly based studies in the African diaspora, for the past 2 years Mr. Jeffrey Page has been a judge and on-air personality on one of Nigeria’s top rated nationally and internationally syndicated television programs, Maltina Dance All.

4
Aug
2015

We’re excited to announce our 2015 Guest Artists for NJ SummerDance.

Guest Artists Master Classes are included in full registration, as well as at a drop in rate of $30/each. Email Stephanie Cathey, scathey@carolyndorfman.dance, to sign up and confirm availability. Click here to learn more about NJ SummerDance.

Danielle Conner, Injury Prevention and Recovery

Thursday, August 13 at 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.

danielle-042Danielle Conner received her BFA from the University of the Arts. After performing professionally for 15 years, Danielle became certified in Pilates. In 2007, Danielle became the resident Pilates instructor for Cirque du Soleil working predominately on injury prevention and recovery. In 2009, Danielle moved back to New Jersey and opened up Pilates Design Studio where she continues to work on the Cirque du Soleil shows and with clients who suffer from chronic pain and injury. Danielle recently became licensed in BioCored Corrective X and Suspension X as a Master Trainer and Teacher Trainer to other instructors.

2
Aug
2015

We’re excited to announce our 2015 Guest Artists for NJ SummerDance.

Guest Artists Master Classes are included in full registration, as well as at a drop in rate of $30/each. Email Stephanie Cathey, scathey@carolyndorfman.dance, to sign up and confirm availability. Click here to learn more about NJ SummerDance.

Julie Tice, Paul Taylor Technique and Repertory

Thursday, August 13 at 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Julie TiceJulie Tice grew up in Petersburg, Illinois and danced with the Springfield Ballet Company. She graduated with a BDA from the University of Michigan with honors where she was later awarded an Emerging Artist award in 2007. She joined Taylor 2 in 1999 and then went on to dance with the Paul Taylor Dance Company from 2000-2010. She has toured and performed all over the world including 15 different countries and all fifty states. Julie can be seen on the PBS and BBC live recording with the Paul Taylor Dance Company titled ”Acts of Ardor.” She can also be seen as one of the dancers in the book “Meet the Dancers” by Amy Nathan. Julie has been a guest artist at the University of Michigan and Illinois State University. She continues to choreograph and teach master classes and workshops at universities and festivals throughout the U.S. She is also a certified Pilates instructor and has her own practice in New York City. She earned her MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she was awarded a Distinguished Graduate Fellowship.

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We’re excited to introduce our 2015 Guest Artists for NJ SummerDance.

Guest Artists Master Classes are included in full registration, as well as at a drop in rate of $30/each. Email Stephanie Cathey, scathey@carolyndorfman.dance, to sign up and confirm availability. Click here to learn more about NJ SummerDance.

Eddie Stockton, House Dance

Wednesday, August 12 at 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Eddie StocktonWorking professionally for over 25 years, Eddie Stockton received his formal training as a student of the (Alvin) Ailey and Martha Graham Schools, and NYC’s High School of Performing Arts. He would continued his studies at the Theater and Musical Theatre Department’s of Alabama State and Howard Universities. He joined his first dance company, (NJ)Center Dance Collective, while only a junior in high school. His career has since been enriched with the experience of working for several companies and choreographers including Philadanco, Kevin Iega Jeff, Dwight Rhoden, DC Shakespeare Theatre, Bill T. Jones, Nai-ni Chen, Nathan Trice, and many more. Teaching dance since a teenager, Eddie is now a 15 year instructor at The Ailey School (Jazz & House) and 9th year founding member of Brooklyn’s Puerelements (Modern/Jazz/Ballet). The desire to share information has drawn him across the country and the globe doing residencies, workshops, and occasional performances. He’s worked in Greece, Poland, France, and makes regular visits to Germany and Italy. He is proud to have twice been invited to sit on the panel at Guadeloupe’ Regional Dance Competition and once for ‘Expression’ National Dance Competition in Florence, Italy. As a choreographer, Eddie’s ability to instruct almost any level dancer allows him to set choreography in many capacities. He has set works for young school kids and dance groups, college and off Broadway musicals, and professional dance companies. His most recent contribution was as guest choreographer for 2014′ 5th Annual Stars Of New York Dance. In 2009, along with partner Sarah Collins, Eddie started MIXTape, a choreographer’ showcase. The next two years produced three successful MIXTape’s before both taking a hiatus to pursue other endeavors. One of those endeavors will be the debut of his own contemporary dance company, “dance es” in 2015. He is grateful to have his passion as his profession and looks forward to continuing to share his choreographic vision, music, and dance all over the world.

 

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