DAvid Dorfman, artistic director
of David Dorfman Dance since 1987, has been Professor of Dance and was the Department Chair at Connecticut College from 2004-2017. Dorfman is the 2007 recipient of The Martha Hill Fund for Dance’s Mid-Career Award and a 2005 Guggenheim Foundation fellowship to continue his research and choreography in the topics of power and powerlessness, including activism, dissidence, and underground movements. This research culminated in underground, performed by David Dorfman Dance and 25-50 additional dancers around the world. He appeared on several episodes of A Chance to Dance, a reality show on OvationTV starring Dorfman’s pals, the BalletBoyz who invited David Dorfman Dance to make a three minute video for RandomAct/Channel 4UK. We Don’t Own a Dog came out of that invitation—an excerpt can be seen at https://youtu.be/QN7N-s0xcsM.
Dorfman has 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 Brooklyn Academy of Music, 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 by 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. Dorfman toured an evening of solos and duets, Live Sax Acts, with friend and collaborator Dan Froot, most recently in New York City and at the Harare International Festival of the Arts in Zimbabwe, and a half-evening duet, Menne Awn Frauen, created with Stuart Pimsler.
Dorfman has been a guest artist at numerous institutions across the country and abroad. 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 from Connecticut College ('81). With love, David thanks long-time mentors Martha Myers and the late Daniel Nagrin, his late folks Jeanette and Oscar, and his in-house family project Lisa Race and Samson Race Dorfman.
Jared BROWn (guest performer)
born and raised in Dallas, TX, is currently 20 years old. He graduated from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts with recognition from the National YoungArts Foundation and as a 2016 U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts where he received a gold medal of recognition from Barack Obama and performed at the Kennedy Center under the direction of Debbie Allen. He was also featured in Wall Street Journal’s daily “Lunch Break” online video series with Debbie Allen. Jared has performed works by Lar Lubovitch, Aszure Barton, Robert Battle, Dwight Rhoden, Sidra Bell, Manuel Vignouelle, and Jessica Lang, amongst others. He has also worked and performed with the Dallas Black Dance Theatre’s Allegro Performing Ensemble, Molissa Fenley and Company, Douglas Dunn + Dancers, Seán Curran Company, I Kada Contemporary Dance, and Arch Contemporary Ballet. Jared is now entering his final year at The Juilliard School on fellowship from the Jerome L. Greene Foundation providing a full tuition scholarship over the four years of study. There, he has been able to perform works by Martha Graham, Peter Chu, Crystal Pite, Gentian Doda, Jose Limon, and John Heginbotham. This is his first season with David Dorfman Dance, and is happy to be able to continue to follow his dreams as he is immersed in constant investigation and discovery within this art form.
Douglas Gillespie (guest performer)
is a Brooklyn-based Dance Artist. He teaches at colleges and dance centers around the world, most recently at The Juilliard School, NYU Tisch Summer Program,Mark Morris Dance Group, National Taiwan University of the Arts and is on faculty at Gibney Dance Center in New York. Gillespie is an avid dance maker most recently choreographing for Moving Current Dance Collective, Doug Varone DEVICES workshop and Sarasota Contemporary Dance. Gillespie has also created his own student commissions for Hillsborough Community College, Cleveland State University, University of Florida and Santa Fe College; two of his works have premiered at American College Dance Association. Gillespie has premiered two international self-choreographed solo projects. Most recently for Teoria de Gravidad Company in Monterrey, Mx. in August 2018 and Taipei, Taiwan November 2015. Gillespie is an originating member and creative contributor throughout Kate Weare Company’s first decade. Gillespie has performed in Punchdrunk Emursive’s Sleep No More and Third Rail Projects’ Then She Fell. Gillespie was born in San Diego, raised in Jacksonville and received his BFA in Dance from Florida State University in 2005.
Jordan demetrius Lloyd (Company Member)
is a dance artist currently based in New York City. Originally from Albany, NY, Lloyd graduated from The College at Brockport where he performed works by Maura Keefe, Alexandra Beller and Laura Peterson. He has collaborated and performed for Karl Rogers/Red Dirt Dance, Netta Yerushalmy, Tammy Carrasco/Wild Beast Dance, Catherine Galasso, Brendan Drake and David Dorfman Dance. He is currently on faculty at Mark Morris Dance Center and teaches around the city. For more head to: jordandlloyd.com
kellie ann lynch (Company Member)
is a New Haven-based dancer who joyfully dances with David Dorfman Dance, Adele Myers and Dancers and Kate Weare Company. She is also Artistic Director of Elm City Dance Collective, an organization she co-founded; she has been choreographing, teaching and developing a vision for the company since its inception in 2008. Kellie has had the great privilege of working with many choreographers in the Northeast recently including Saar Harari and Lee Sher, Annie Kloppenberg and Meredith Lyons to name a few; and from 2010 to 2014, she danced with Doug Elkins Choreography, Etc on national/international touring projects such as Fraulein Maria and Scott, Queen of Mary's. As an independent choreographer, Kellie has received artist fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism, and her work has been commissioned, produced and performed throughout the Northeast including at Bates Dance Festival as an Emerging Choreographer. In addition to making and performing dances, Kellie sometimes teaches dance at Wesleyan University and Connecticut College as well as in her community. When she isn't dancing she can be found teaching at Aldrich Pilates, a beautiful movement oasis in the heart of downtown New Haven. Kellie holds a BA in Dance from Rhode Island College and a MFA in Dance from Smith College.
nik owens (Company Member)
is from Altadena, California where he began his movement experience with gymnastics at age three and continued at a competitive level until he was 19. He began dancing at Wesleyan University and graudated with a BA in Dance and a certificate in Environmental Studies. He's worked with Nicholas Leichter, Tania Isaac, Kyle Abraham and has performed works by Vanessa Tamburi ,The Dance Exchange, Gierre Godley’s Project 44, Mersiha Mesihovic’s CircuitDebris, Helen Simoneau Danse, and Abdul Latif's D2D/T. Nik currently dances with Raja Kelly's thefeath3rtheory, Bryn Cohn + Artists, Tiffany Mills Company, and David Dorfman Dance.
MYSSI robinson(Company Member)
is an artist from Richmond, VA. Home is currently Jersey City and the movement worlds of Baye and Asa, the ColemanCollective, David Dorfman DRIGGproductions, and Kyle Marshall Choreography. Since her graduation from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University with a BFA in Dance, she has maintained a visual art practice of marking, design, and simple construction. Her work has been presented by Smush Gallery, the Jersey City Theater Center, Nimbus Dance Works, and Le Poisson Rouge. She is currently set designing for Davalois Fearon Dance. In all her creative work, empathy is queen.
simon thomas-train (Company Member)
began dancing at Middlebury College, transitioning from an extensive background in competitive cross country skiing to graduate with a BA in Dance and Architectural Studies in 2009. Since then he has had the pleasure of working with Tiffany Rhynard/Big Action Performance Ensemble, Satya Roosens, Attack Theatre, Megan Bascom and Dancers, Alexandra Beller/Dances, Tiffany Mills and Company, Rosie Herrera Dance Theater, Red Dirt Dance, Vanessa Anspaugh, Pavel Zustiak|palissimo, Rosie Herrera Dance Theater, Boomerang, David Dorfman Dance and most recently with the Bessie-winning Then She Fell and The Grand Paradise, both by Third Rail Projects. He is the co-founder and co-artistic director of The Space We Make.
Lily Gelfand (Performing apprentice)
Originally from Youngstown, Ohio, Lily Gelfand holds a BFA in Dance from Ohio University. While at Ohio University, Lily has had the pleasure of performing in works by David Dorfman, Kyle Abraham, and Joanna Kotze. Also a collaborative musician, Lily has accompanied class and composed for Molissa Fenley, Giada Ferrone, David Dorfman, and Davide Di Pretoro.