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Chamber Dance Company Archive: David Dorfman

A unique collection of video documenting the UW Chamber Dance Dance Company's over 25 year history of performing modern dance classics.

David Dorfman



American dancer, choreographer, and company director

It is my view that in our American culture specifically, we are taught that we need to be, exceptionally good at an art form in order to practice it. I think this mode of thinking is what prevents us all from taking ownership of our culture and re-weaving it in ways we desire so that culture can be an active part of the fabric of everyday life. We are our culture, and I think it’s our responsibility and right to share all kinds of art with all kinds of people.

                                                                                    David Dorfman

Born Chicago, Illinois, November 7, 1955.

David Dorfman founded his own company, David Dorfman Dance, in 1985. Since then, the company has toured widely in North and South America, Great Britain and Europe. He has been honored with four fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and received two New York Foundation for the Arts fellowships. He also is the recipient of an American Choreographer’s Award and the First Paul Taylor Fellowship from the Yard. He has collaborated and performed with successful artist Dan Froot in the creation of theater/dance /music works including some duets. Both have received the coveted Bessie (New York Dance and Performance Award). In 2004 Dorfman joined the faculty of Connecticut College and is currently Professor of Dance and the chair of the Dance Department.

Watch David Dorfman and Dan Froot's collaborative work Bull at the Media Arcade in Vol. 26 of the Chamber Dance Company Archive (DVD UWDP 001 v.26).