Carolyn Dorfman Dance


2780 Morris Avenue
Suite 1-A
Union, NJ 08844
County: Union


Ms. Anita M Thomas

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To provide general operating support for the 2019 season, including the implementation of artistic, education, and community initiatives.

Organization Background

Carolyn Dorfman Dance (CDD) is dedicated to the creation and presentation of contemporary dance that reveals the individual uniqueness and ultimate commonality of the human experience. CDD opens dialogues between artists and audiences. Through performance, education, and community programs, we affirm the power of this dynamic art form to entertain, enlighten, engage, and connect with the communities we touch.

CDD creates works that speak to contemporary issues and tell individual stories revealing our common humanity. As dance is a metaphor for life, so the Company's work opens dialogues, builds understanding, and creates bridges within and between communities. This work demands highly skilled dancers who are extraordinary human beings, bringing passion and compassion to the work. Dance and the ensemble become a powerful visual metaphor for life and community and art becomes a voice for social change.

The company serves a diverse audience in terms of age, socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds. We appear at major venues, dance festivals, universities, and schools throughout the region, and on tour nationally and internationally. Since founding the company in 1982, Ms. Dorfman has created more than 60 works. CDD presents new and repertory works by Ms. Dorfman and acclaimed choreographers; regularly commissions original scores; and collaborates with a wide array of artists. The breadth and depth of themes are wide and varied, speaking about life, past and present; where we have been and where we might go individually and collectively.

Our mission is implemented by our artists and staff. CDD is comprised of 11 multi-ethnic dancers of great technical and dramatic range, who are also skilled teaching artists. The company is led by Ms. Dorfman and Associate Artistic Director Jacqueline Dumas Albert. The Company Manager, Stephanie Cathey and all technical production staff report directly to Ms. Dorfman. Executive Director Anita Thomas supervises office staff, direct report, Anna Shaffner, the full-time Communications and Development Manager, and Stephanie Cathey, the full-time Company -Office Manager along with a part-time bookkeeper and all business consultants (including PR, booking, grants writing, fund development.) Interns and part-time, marketing, office assistants are supervised by Anna and Stephanie.

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