Company Bios

DAVID DORFMAN (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.

PERFORMERs

KENDRA PORTIER (performeris a performer, teacher, and dance-maker based in NYC. Direct from Ohio, Kendra trained and performed with BalletMet and received a BFA with Honors from the Ohio State University. Kendra has since become a nationally recognized Teaching and Choreographic Artist at numerous colleges, festivals, and dance institutions, with her professional commissions organized under the moniker BAND | portier. A member of DDD since 2010, Kendra continues  to perform with Vanessa Justice Dance; collaborate with Annie Kloppenberg & Company; and is on faculty at Gibney Dance Center, Mark Morris Dance Center, and Peridance Capezio Center. 

CHRISTINA ROBSON (performeris a performer based in New York City. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in dance performance from Roger Williams University. In addition to working for David Dorfman Dance, she also works with The Sean Curran Company, Monica Bill Barnes and Company, Alexandra Beller Dances, Heidi Henderson/Elephant Jane Dance, Kendra Portier | Band Portier, and The Space We Make. She has also performed in projects for Kyle Abraham, and Deganit Shemy. Rachel Rizzuto of Dance Teacher Magazine writes, "She is- the modern dancer to watch of this next generation. Her ability to mold herself to any number of choreographers’ styles with ease and detail is truly exceptional."
Christina currently teaches at Gibney Dance Center, and Peridance Capezio Center. 

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.

BRYAN STRIMPEL
(performer) A native Michigander, graduated from Wayne State University in 2011 with a B.F.A. in dance. He danced with Nicholas Leichter Dance from 2009 to 2012 as well as the Brian Brooks Moving Company from 2011-2014. Most recently Bryan is dancing with David Dorfman Dance in his first season with the company. He has performed internationally and across the U.S. in venues including: The Joyce Theater, Joyce SoHo, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Jacob’s Pillow, Bates Dance Festival, Joe’s Pub, Hundred Grand SoHo and more. He is the co-director for bryanstrimpelMOVEMENT and his work has been presented in DanceNOW at Joe’s Pub, the Red Hook Festival, and in ‘READY OR NOT’ at Hundred Grand SoHo. He teaches classes in NYC at Hundred Grand SoHo and is a part of the Guest Artist Program teaching at Gibney Dance. Bryan is honored to have been selected as one of Dance Magazine’s 'Top 25 to Watch' in 2013.