Residency Activities


Master Classes

Classes for Dancers: Classes are available for dance students at a variety of levels.
Classes for Athletes: David Dorfman has constructed a special class and technique for teaching athletes.  It demonstrates how the movement in dance--while strengthening and stretching an athlete's body--will also aid in reducing stress and risk of injury.  Both factors will add to the longevity of an athlete's career and, at the same time, improve the quality of movement on the playing field.

Workshops

Students will study choreography as social and personal commentary.  Working in class on both solo and group projects, students will be encouraged to find compositional means for exploring areas about which they are passionate.  Selections of David Dorfman's repertory works will be taught as aids in broadening individual performing range.  Exposure to these dances will provide a common basis for the study and discussion of different aspects of the choreographic process.

Lecture demonstrations

Lecture Demonstrations are available for groups such as Rotary, Kiwanis, senior homes, and local athletic teams.  These events can be held in a local gymnasium.  It is also possible to structure a short program that can take place as part of a local athletic event, for instance at half-time of a football or basketball game.  The Lecture Demonstration focuses on the interrelationship between dance and athletic movement. Excerpts from repertory are performed--assuming the site allows--to demonstrate these points.

The company also has a Lecture Demonstration appropriate for dance departments or dance-knowledgeable audiences.  This program analyzes David Dorfman's choreography, how he makes and assembles his work, and where the movement comes from.  The company performs excerpts from the repertory. 

Post performance audience question & answer sessions 

David Dorfman Dance enjoys post-performance discussions with audience members.  These exchanges provide a sense of completion to the evening and act as excellent tools for furthering audience development. 

Open rehearsals

All company rehearsals are open to the presenter's invited guests.

As examples of the many possibilities for residency activities, listed below is a schedule of activities from a Burlington, Vermont residency and selected activities from other locations:

  • David Dorfman and a second company member lead an intensive two-hour course for Vermont choreographers.
  • Four members of the company lead a special 90-minute master class at the Pine Ridge School in Williston for students with learning disabilities.
  • David Dorfman and two company members lead a 90-minute participatory workshop with students from the Burlington High School Vocational-Technical Center Performing Arts Program.
  • Four company members lead 100 children grades 2-4 through movement and creative exercises.
  • David Dorfman and two company members hold a discussion/movement workshop for bankers, loan officers, and secretaries of the Bank of Vermont, a sponsor of the residency.
  • David Dorfman addresses business and community leaders and major Flynn Theatre supporters about his work and contemporary dance at a luncheon attended by 60 people.
  • Full company travels to rural Brewster Pierce Elementary School to present a Lecture/Demonstration and to talk to disadvantaged, rural Vermont students about dance.
  • In Lincoln, Nebraska, David Dorfman and company member Lisa Race teach movement workshops for the University of Nebraska women's softball and gymnastics teams.
  • In Helena, Montana, David Dorfman speaks to the Rotary Club about his life as a dancer, former athlete, and former business administration major.
  • In Chicago, following a series of movement workshops for inner-city youngsters, company presents a preview performance at Niketown in downtown Chicago.
  • In St. Louis, master classes are offered for dance majors at Washington University, David Dorfman's alma mater.
  • In Raleigh, North Carolina, David Dorfman leads a movement workshop for twenty teachers from greater Wake County.  Representing a variety of disciplines (Math, Biology, Physical Education, as well as Dance) and levels (K-12), the teachers investigate the process of turning everyday gestures and motions into potent choreographed movements.

Dance Motion USA for BAM
NYU Summer Intensive