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Known as a creator of evocative dances that reflect her concerns about the human condition, Carolyn Dorfman is interested in creating "worlds" into which the audience can enter. Her interdisciplinary and intercultural approach on the stage and in the community explores the rich tapestry of human experience, tradition and stories. Carolyn Dorfman Dance connects life and dance in bold, athletic and dramatic works by Dorfman and nationally renowned choreographers. The company's ten multi-ethnic and stunning dancers tap their unique talents to present high-energy and technically demanding dance that unleashes the powerful storytelling and imagery of its visionary creator. Hailed as the consummate storyteller, Dorfman, a child of Holocaust survivors, has also created a celebrated body of work that honors her Jewish legacy; its trials and triumphs, its treasured uniqueness and, most importantly, its universal connections. Based in NY and NJ, Carolyn Dorfman Dance appears at major theaters, dance festivals, universities and communities regionally, nationally and internationally. Described as "ingenious" (Star-Ledger), "emotionally resonant" (New York Times) and "a group of dancers with a four octave range" (Guest choreographer Doug Elkins), the company presents works by Dorfman and guest choreographers, as well as, regularly commissions original scores and artistic collaborations. A multi-award winning choreographer, Dorfman is a guest teacher, choreographer and lecturer at pre-professional, university and professional training programs nationally and internationally.
A Michigan native, Dorfman received her BFA and MFA in Dance from the University of Michigan and New York University Tisch School for the Arts respectively. A former Assistant Professor of Dance at Centenary College in NJ and is a master teacher, mentor, and a guest artist/choreographer/lecturer at major universities, pre-professional and professional training programs across the U.S. and internationally. Carolyn Dorfman and Company lead NJPAC's Dance Division in its Arts Education Program.
Honored with many artistic and civic awards, Dorfman has been designated a Distinguished Artist and has received six Choreography Fellowships from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. She received the Prudential Prize for Non-Profit Leadership, the Jewish Women in the Arts Award for Dance from the JCC of Metropolitan Detroit, was named the Industry Partner of the Year from the Union County Vocational Technical School/Academy for the Performing Arts (2012), received the Dance Advocate Award by DanceNJ (2013) was named a "Woman of Excellence" in the Arts and Humanities by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders/The Union County Commission on the Status of Women (2014). In 2015 she received the Humanitarian Award from Seton Hall University and The Sister Rose Thering Fund.http://carolyndorfman.dance