David Dorfman Dance excels in community outreach activities. The company has vast experience working with presenters to tailor workshops for special audiences around the world. Specialized offerings include, but are not limited to, workshops for students with learning disabilities and/or anyone with limited movement capabilities.
David Dorfman Dance has an extensive repertoire spanning the company’s 30-year history. During a Repertory Residency David and members of his company set choreography from David Dorfman Dance staples including Prophets of Funk, set to the music of Sly and the Family Stone; Come, and Back Again; Underground; Impending Joy; and more. Descriptions of available repertory can be found here: http://www.daviddorfmandance.org/past-works/
Classes for Dancers
Classes are available for dance students at a variety of levels, in most styles including Text and Movement, Improvisational Technique and company repertory.
Classes for Athletes
David Dorfman has used his own experience as a sports athlete and a dancer to create a class specifically designed for athletes. Practicing a selection of movement from Dorfman’s dance vocabulary, athletes will strengthen and stretch their bodies – aiding in reducing stress and risk of injury. In addition, the class will teach athletes how to be aware of their bodies while in motion – improving their quality of movement on the playing field.
Students will study choreography as social and personal commentary. Working in class on both solo and group projects, students will be encouraged to find compositional means for exploring areas about which they are passionate.
Moving with Momentum (Intermediate to Advanced Modern/Post-Modern Technique)
Material will range in styles from release-based post-modern work connecting with the floor, to an eclectic standing modern class. Concepts such as a weighted and grounded approach to movement, harnessing the body’s momentum and force (“throwing your weight around”), varying approaches to physical contact, emphasis on intent and focus, and compositional choices through improvisation may be included. We will have fun!
Making Dances as Social and Personal Commentary (Choreography Workshop)
Students will study choreography as social and personal commentary. Working in class on both solo and group projects, students will be encouraged to find compositional means for exploring areas about which they are passionate. Issues such as the creation of the delicate balance between meaningful form and meaningful content will be investigated as dances are made which will incorporate movement ranging from highly technical to pedestrian. While breaking down boundaries of disciplinary classification, a merging of movement, text, visuals, and music will be stressed. To facilitate growth within a group, a system of humane, honest, and critical dialog will be developed and practiced. Movements from DAVID DORFMAN DANCE’S repertory works may be taught as an aid in broadening individual performance range.
What to Do When You’re Stuck
This class will explore strategies and tactics to get “un-stuck” in a choreographic process. We’ve all been there – how do we get out?
Movements to Live By (Workshop for Non-dancers)
David Dorfman will create a safe environment in which to learn and create new movements. The emphasis will be on creating a community through movement, the social aspects of dancing, and achieving personal expression through movement. Movements from everyday life will be as welcome as dance steps from a myriad of cultures and sources. Through the collaborative creative process, individuals will gain the experience of team-building, esteem-building, and stress reduction – all from the practice of building dances together. An introduction to the principles of weight-sharing and contact improvisation will enhance the sense of trust and experimentation.
Schooltime Matinee: Aroundtown
In this performance for student audiences, David Dorfman Dance performs an abbreviated version of Aroundtown, allowing the full company to engage in a meaningful Q&A session with students on the themes related to the work.
Length: 50 minutes (includes Q&A session)
Grade range: Grade 6-High School
Artist Talk/Lecture Demonstration
Lecture Demonstrations are available for groups such as Rotary, Kiwanis, senior homes and local athletic teams. These events can be held anywhere from a local gymnasium to an open area in a senior home. The Lecture Demonstration focuses on the interrelationship between dance and athletic or pedestrian/everyday movement. Excerpts from repertory are performed – assuming the site allows – to demonstrate these points.
Open rehearsals, pre-performance talks, and post-performance talks also available.