From the onset, Carolyn Dorfman’s class structure is based on technically demanding work that simultaneously challenges dancers to balance their own individuality and the work of the ensemble. Dancers must recognize that they constantly exist in relation to space and each other. With an emphasis on center-driven movement, weight transfer, breath phrasing, musicality, intention, nuance, focus and strong technique, dancers are given a class that develops body, mind and spirit. They move individually and collectively to gain insight into personalizing movement choices in performance, while expanding technical and dramatic range. At all levels of ability, Dorfman’s classes include aspects of CDDC’s repertory and connects the work to the rich legacy of contemporary dance.
In addition to master classes in technique, composition and repertory, CDDC is available for repertory reconstructions and choreographic commissions. CDDC has a rich and varied repertory with works that can be set on university students. With both mixed and single gender works, Dorfman’s works challenge students technically, teach strong partnering skills and demand strong individual performance and cohesive ensemble work.