Company Bios

(Artistic Director), a native Chicagoan, is the recipient of a 2005 Guggenheim Foundation fellowship. He has also been honored with four fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, three New York Foundation for the Arts fellowships, an American Choreographer's Award, the first Paul Taylor Fellowship from The Yard, and a New York Dance & Performance Award ("Bessie") for David Dorfman Dance's community-based project Familiar Movements (The Family Project). Dorfman's choreography has been produced in New York City at venues ranging from the BAM Next Wave Festival to The Joyce Theater, The Kitchen, Dance Theater Workshop, The Duke on 42nd Street, Danspace Project/St. Mark's Church, P.S. 122, and Dancing in the Streets. His work has been commissioned widely in the U.S. and in Europe, most recently by AXIS Dance (Oakland, CA), Bedlam Dance Company (London), d9 Dance Collective (Seattle), Eisenhower Dance Theatre (Detroit), and the Prince Music Theater in Philadelphia for the musical Green Violin, for which he won a 2003 Barrymore Award for best choreography. An avid fan of collaboration and collective processes, Dorfman is pleased to tour an evening of solos and duets Live Sax Acts with dear friend and collaborator Dan Froot (UCLA faculty), most recently in New York City and at the Harare International Festival of the Arts in Zimbabwe. Dorfman has been a guest artist at numerous institutions across the country and abroad, most recently at University or Nebraska – Lincoln, Smith College, and the University of Iowa. As a performer, he toured internationally with Kei Takei's Moving Earth and Susan Marshall & Co. Dorfman holds a BS in Business Administration from Washington University in St. Louis and an MFA in Dance from Connecticut College, where he joined the faculty in 2004 and is currently Professor of Dance and Department Chair. Dorfman would like to thank long-time mentors Martha Myers and Daniel Nagrin for taking a chance and rescuing him from counting leisure suits in St. Louis, his mom Jeanette for inspiring him to dance to heal, his dad Oscar for teaching him the magic of a good joke, and Lisa Race and Samson Race Dorfman for collaborating with him on a very wonderful version of The Family Project.


RAJA KELLY (performer) is a company member with David Dorfman Dance, Reggie Wilson/ Fist and Heel Performance Group, zoe | juniper (SEA), RaceDance, Squint Productions (BE), and PEARSONWIDRIG Dance Theater. Feather created the feath3r theory in 2009 to present his own performance projects. Kelly holds a BA with Honors in Dance and English from Connecticut College.

KENDRA PORTIER (performer) is a performer, teacher, and dance-maker based in NYC. Thrilled to part of David Dorfman Dance, Kendra additionally performs with Vanessa Justice Dance, Alexandra Beller Dances,  and Annie Kloppenberg & Co; teaches as faculty at Dance New Amsterdam; and is creating newly under the moniker BANDportier. Originally from Ohio, Kendra was born and raised commune style, trained and performed with BalletMet, and received a BFA in Dance from the Ohio State University. She has since had the fortune of working with and learning from brilliant beings, including collaborations with Launch Movement Experiment. Additionally, Kendra has been a guest artist at and/or commissioned by numerous colleges, festivals, dance facilities, tattoo shops, and galleries for her creative works spanning from fine arts to choreography.

KARL ROGERS (performer) is a dancer, choreographer and dance scholar. In addition to dancing for David Dorfman Dance since 2005, Rogers is artistic director of Red Dirt Dance. His company has presented work and been commissioned across the country, including a recent performance at the Multi-Use Community Cultural Center in Rochester, NY.  Rogers’ performance credits include projects with Terry Creach, Paul Matteson, Colleen Thomas, Heidi Henderson, Meghan Durham-Wall and many others. He has taught at colleges and festivals around the world; most notably he serves as co-director for the Young Dancers Workshop for pre-professional teens at the Bates Dance Festival. Rogers holds an MFA in choreography and is pursuing a PhD in critical dance studies from the Ohio State University. He is an assistant professor of dance at The College of Brockport, where he teaches composition, improvisation, modern dance technique, repertory and dance history, aesthetics and culture.