For the fourteenth year, elementary and middle school students in New Brunswick have been exploring the world of modern dance through master classes and a residency program titled, Speaking Through Dance, offered by the acclaimed Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company (www.cddc.info). CDDC concludes their program with one week residencies in three elementary schools: Paul Robeson Community School, A. Chester Redshaw and Livingston Elementary.
The curriculum, which is offered by CDDC to New Jersey-area schools such as New Brunswick, provides students with a learning experience comprised of narrated dance performances, master classes, multi-media lectures, and other activities.
Master artist/teacher Carolyn Dorfman and company members lead students through this highly acclaimed performance and choreographic residency, as they explore heritage and stories telling through movement and dance. This dynamic and integrated approach involving the viewing, making and understanding of dance and its elements, also provides teachers with outstanding resources to integrate dance across the curriculum while meeting the school’s goals and the comprehensive NJ Core Curriculum Content Standards for the Visual and Performing Arts for Grades K-12.
Members of the Company and select 4th and 5th grade students will share their work in a culminating performance for members of the New Brunswick community: Paul Robeson is Friday, May 30th 1:30 and 6:00 pm being held at the Lord Stirling School (101 Redmond Street); Livingston School (206 Delavan Street) is on Thursday, June 5th at 2:00 and 6:00 p.m.; and Redshaw School (40 Van Dyke Avenue) is on Friday, June 6th at 1:15, 2:30 and 6:00 p.m. All performances are free and open to the public. However, please call the CDDC office, 908-687-8855, to let us know that you plan to attend.
The Speaking Through Dance Program is one of many programs and dance experiences that CDDC brings to dance residencies in schools, colleges and communities offering participants the opportunity to learn new skills and discover how dance and creative expression can help us gain an understanding of our world and also of each other. The program curriculum is comprised of master classes, teacher training workshops, multi-media lectures, and its acclaimed Backstage Pass Performances. Known for its unique ability to engage and inspire students of all ages, the Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company connects dance to life.
CDDC wishes to thank the New Brunswick Board of Education, especially Superintendent Richard Kaplan, James DeWorken, Lee Neamand, the school principals and the Karma Foundation for making these residencies possible.
About the Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company: The Union-county based company is led by the dynamic vision of Artistic Director Carolyn Dorfman and her creative drive to communicate human experiences, interactions, perceptions, and truths. CDDC’s eleven, multi-ethnic members (“with a four octave range” (Doug Elkins)) comprise a uniquely talented contemporary dance ensemble. The Company described as “ingenious” (Star-Ledger) and “emotionally resonant” (New York Times) presents the works of Carolyn Dorfman, and nationally known choreographers. With bold athleticism, dramatic nuance, and musical range, CDDC's high-energy and technically demanding repertory uses movement as metaphor to take audiences on intellectual and emotional. CDDC appears at major theaters, dance festivals, and universities regionally, nationally and internationally and is lauded for its artistry and exceptional arts education and community programming. CDDC was recently named a “Top Ten Event of 2013” by the Star-Ledger.