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Ohio University Dance Division Summer Dance Institute

Rolling Registration for Commuter Students
Drop-in for Daily Technique Class with David!

Join us! From June 17-29, 2018, the Ohio University Dance Division is proud to offer an intensive workshop led by David Dorfman Dance (DDD). Participants will have the exciting opportunity to study with David Dorfman and company members in beautiful Athens, Ohio.

Be immersed in the world of DDD: fly through the air, with each other and beyond the self!

DDD will offer daily classes in technique, composition, repertory, and other elective topics. Nightly activities will include open DDD rehearsals, wellness workshops, improv jams, and more! See the company perform their newest work-in-progress on June 22nd!

Engage with this professional company on both professional and personal levels!

Since 1987, DDD has promoted the appreciation and critical understanding of dance by realizing the creation of new works by choreography David Dorfman and his artistic collaborators. In advocating his mission “to get the whole world dancing,” Dorfman’s work has enjoyed broad and diverse audiences nationally and internationally. Dorfman creates dance that seeks to de-stigmatize the notion of accessibility and interaction in post-modern dance by embracing audiences with visceral, meaningful dance, music, and text. By sustaining a vision to create innovative, inclusive, movement-based performance that is radically humanistic, DDD maintains a core commitment to examine and unearth issues and ideas that enliven, incite, and excite audiences in dialogue and debate about social change a myriad of other topics.

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Our tentative daily schedule includes four classes daily, and nightly activities! 

  • 7:30-8:45
  • 9:00-10:45
    Moving with Momentum!
    Morning Technique taught by David and company members
  • 10:50-12:20
    DDD Repertory
  • 12:20-1:15
  • 1:15-3:00
    Possible elective classes:
    - Partnering and Contact Improvisation
    - Improvisational Composition
    - Text and Movement
    - Composition: Reconsidering the Creative Process
    - Composition: Choreography as Social and Personal Commentary
    - Composition: What to Do When You’re Stuck
  • 3:00-3:15
  • 3:15-5:00
    New Repertory with David (to be performed on last day of workshop)
  • 5:00-6:30
  • 6:30-8:00
    Nightly Activities – watch DDD rehearse, company lec/dem, improv jams, wellness workshops, pizza party, etc.


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  • Sunday, June 17
    Arrival to campus. Registration begins at 3pm.
  • Monday, June 18
    Classes begin.
  • Friday, June 22
    Half-day for classes, afternoon option of watching company in rehearsals. David Dorfman Dance work-in-progress showing, 7:30pm, free for workshop participants.
  • Saturday, June 23
    Switch Day! Special workshops all day.
  • Sunday, June 24
    Day off!
  • Monday, June 25
    Classes resume.
  • Friday, June 29
    Half-day for classes, student showing at 2:30 pm, free and open to the public. Checking out of dorm rooms.


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While housing and meal plan options are no longer available, we are still registering commuter students!

  • Tuition: $1100 for all classes and nightly activities.
  • Parking Pass (optional): $55 for the two weeks

We are excited to continue to offer tuition scholarships to workshop participants. To apply, please submit a letter to Program Coordinator, Ani Javian,, by June 15, to request scholarship assistance. Please tell us about yourself, describe any factors that we may consider in making scholarship decisions, and describe why you are choosing to study with David Dorfman Dance.

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The workshop is open to all dancers, ages 16 and older.

Registration is rolling for commuter students and drop-in classes for morning technique are available. See below. 


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We are excited to offer our morning Technique Classes on a drop-in basis. 

  • Technique with David Dorfman: 9:00-10:45 am
  • $20, cash or check only
  • Available June 18-22 and June 25-29
  • Location: Putnam Hall, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio

**Please arrive early to account for parking**

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The company will perform excerpts from last year’s Aroundtown and share a new work-in-progress!

  • June 22, 2018
  • 7:30pm, Q&A and reception with the artists to follow
  • Tickets will be available at the door, no reservations necessary
  • Suggested donation of $10, cash or check only
  • Shirley Wimmer Dance Theater, Putnam Hall, Ohio University

Conceived and Directed by David Dorfman

Choreography and Text by David Dorfman, Lily Gelfand, Jasmine Hearn, Jordan Lloyd, Kellie Ann Lynch, Nik Owens, and Simon Thomas-Train

Costume Designer: Oana Botez

Musical Director: Sam Crawford

Composers: Sam Crawford, Jeff Hudgns, Zeb Gould, and Liz de Lise

Performing Musicians: David Dorfman, Jeff Hudgins, and Liz de Lise

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Come dance with us! Join David Dorfman in his mission to “get the whole world dancing!” The company’s community projects have been presented over 30 times in 18 states and 2 foreign countries.  

  • June 23, 2018
  • 10:30-12:00: Technique class with David Dorfman (Open to ages 13 and up*) FREE!
  • 12:30-2:30: Community Workshop (No experience necessary! Please wear comfortable clothing. Open to all ages*) FREE!
  • Shirley Wimmer Dance Theater, Putnam Hall, Ohio University


*All participants under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

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Weekday parking:

Metered parking within walking distance to Putnam Hall: There are two metered spots behind Putnam Hall, a handful “up the hill” on East State Street (in front of Memorial Auditorium), and many on Court Street.

Parking Garage: There is a garage at the intersection of College and Washington (entrance is on Washington). The higher levels allow for longer parking periods.

Parking Pass: Available for $8/day, this pass allows you to park in one of three parking lots that are adjacent to Putnam Hall (Putnam – off of E Union Street, Seigfred – off of Mill Street or Coss Street, and McCracken – off of Stewart Street or E Union Street). If you’d like a parking pass, please email so that we may arrange to have one ready for you.

Saturday/Sunday parking:

All lots that are adjacent to Putnam Hall (Putnam, Seigfred, and McCracken) are available at no charge. Make sure NOT to park in one of the metered spots or reserved spots within these lots, though.

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David DoormanDAVID DORFMAN, Artistic Director of David Dorfman Dance since 1987, has been Professor of Dance and now Chair at Connecticut College since 2004. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2005 to continue his research and choreography in the topics of power and powerlessness, including activism, dissidence, and underground movements, culminating in DDD’s, underground, which toured for four years engaging community dance casts in each venue. David 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 his cmpany’s community-based project Familiar Movements (The Family Project). His work has been commissioned widely in the U.S. and in Europe, most recently by AXIS Dance Company (Oakland), Bosoma Dance Company (Boston), 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. 2012 found DD appearing on several episodes of A Chance to Dance, a reality show on OvationTV starring his friends the Ballet Boyz. Dorfman tours an evening of solos and duets, Live Sax Acts, with dear friend/collaborator Dan Froot, most recently in New York City and at the Harare International Festival of the Arts in Zimbabwe.  Dorfman hails from Chicago and holds a BS in business administration from Washington University in St. Louis (1977), and an MFA in dance from Connecticut College (1981).


Jasmine HearnJASMINE HEARN is a choreographer and dancer. A native Houstonian, she graduated magna cum laude from Point Park University with her B.A. in Dance. Jasmine travels around the country to showcase her choreographic work and to participate in diverse dance projects. Currently, she is a collaborator and performer with Alisha Wormsley, David Dorfman Dance, Helen Simoneau Danse, and Tara Willis. To learn more about her please visit




Jordan Demetrius LLoydJORDAN DEMETRIUS LLOYD 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 and David Dorfman Dance. He pursues his own choreographic endeavors and has shown work throughout the state.



Kellie LynchKELLIE LYNCH is a New Haven-based dancer who has been performing and creating with Adele Myers and Dancers since 2008. She has also had the great privilege of working with Doug Elkins Choreography, Etc for a number of years; and is currently working with Kate Weare Company. In the last few years she has also worked with Saar Harari and Lee Sher, Annie Kloppenberg, Nicole Stanton and Meredith Lyons. She is a co-founder and Artistic Director of the New Haven-based, Elm City Dance Collective, founded in 2008. Kellie’s choreography has been commissioned, produced and performed throughout the Northeast including at Bates Dance Festival as an Emerging Choreographer. As a Guest Artist, she has taught at several colleges and universities in New England including Connecticut College and Wesleyan University. Kellie holds a BA in Dance from Rhode Island College and a MFA in Dance from Smith College. 


Lisa RaceLISA RACE spent much of her career as a performer, teacher and choreographer in New York before heading north to Connecticut. She received a Bessie in 1995 as a member of David Dorfman Dance (1989-2000) and continues as a guest with the company. Her work has been seen at the former DTW, Danspace Project, Dancenow and MR at the Judson Church in NYC. Race is an Associate Professor of Dance at Connecticut College, having joined the faculty in 2007 after receiving an MFA in Dance from Hollins University/ADF. She has given workshops and/or made dances at many destinations around the country and beyond, including ImpulsTanz (Austria), Kalamata Festival (Greece), France, Denmark, England, Hong Kong, Argentina, Sweden, Finland and Russia, as well as at the Bates and American Dance Festivals. Race’s film collaboration with Shawn Hove, Folded, has been screened at the Sans Souci Festival, Dance For Reel, and Light Moves Festival of Screendance.


Nik OwensNIK OWENS 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.


Simon Thomas-TrainSIMON THOMAS-TRAIN 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.


Kendra PortierKENDRA PORTIER  is a maker, teacher, and performer. Her work has been commissioned by Dance New Amsterdam’s obJECT/OBject (NY), Triskelion Arts (NY), Hunter College (NY), Gowanus Art+Production (NY), Dixon Place (NY), Dancing Literate Project (NY), Arts By The People (NJ), Dance New Amsterdam’s Splice(NY), RoofTop Dance (NY),  CRAWL (NY), the Duets Project (NY), Zenon Dance Company (MN), and additionally presented by Center for Performance Research (NY), Movement Research at Judson Memorial Church, Green Street Theatre (MA), Massachusetts Dance Festival (MA), 92 Street Y’s Fridays at Noon (NY), A.U.N.T. S (NY), Chez Bushwick (NY), WIREDarts (NY), and World Dance Alliance Summit in Angers (FRANCE). She was awarded the Bates Dance Festival Emerging Choreographer Residency (ME) and has been a Guest Artist at Salem University (MA), Bates College (ME), Colby College (ME), the University of Utah (UT), the Ohio State University (OH), Hunter College (NY), Pennsylvania State University (PA), Nebraska University at Lincoln (NB), New York Summer Dance Intensive (NY), Dancewave (NY), the nEW Festival (PA), Performance Projects at Dance New Amsterdam (NY), Peridance Capezio Center (NY), Broadway Dance Center (NY), the College at Brockport Summer Intensive (NY), Wesleyan University (CT), Oakland University (MI), New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts (NY), University at Buffalo (NY), and Dance Education Laboratory (NY). Kendra is currently an MFA candidate at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (2018), a member of David Dorfman Dance (since 2010), and on faculty at Gibney Dance Center.



Putnam Hall“The athletic trainers were positive and very kind as well as helpful with physical issues of any degree. They provided supplies and tools needed for the best possible experience.” -Participant, 2017 Summer Dance Institute

Putnam Hall, the home of the Dance Division since 1969, is located on Ohio University’s East Green. Renovated in 2004, Putnam provides a dedicated space for all workshop activities.  

There are five sprung-floor dance studios available to students during evening hours, until 9:30.

Two trainers from Ohio University’s SHAPe Clinic (Science and Health in Artistic Performance Clinic) will be available to workshop participants every day. These trainers will also provide a minimum of two evening Dancer Wellness Workshops! Learn more about SHAPe here

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“I can barely express what an experience this was - I learned so much more than I thought could be packed into two weeks. The entire environment felt really right, inclusive, and beneficial to everyone’s individual growth for their own goals, vision, and background. All of the students quickly came together to support each other, learn from and teach each other.” -Participant, 2017 Summer Dance Institute

“DDD company were extremely personable, genuine, kind, and eager to stay in contact. I felt like I created a new network circle with each member of DDD!” -Participant, 2017 Summer Dance Institute

“My two weeks working with the company and David Dorfman was amazing! I felt welcomed every time I stepped into class. It was very easy talking to them and asking questions that I had.” -Participant, 2017 Summer Dance Institute

“David Dorfman Dance provided a one of a kind welcoming learning experience that students of any age and experience level can learn from time and time again. I’ve never seen anything like it before.” -Participant, 2017 Summer Dance Institute

“Everyone was there to help you learn and grow. It was a very caring and creative environment with incredibly generous artists to guide you through this two-week journey.” -Participant, 2017 Summer Dance Institute

“David, Lisa and the company were always supportive, caring and thoughtful in our interactions. Superb!” -Participant, 2017 Summer Dance Institute

“I learned I was capable of a lot more than I thought!” -Participant, 2017 Summer Dance Institute

“I really loved some of our improv afternoon classes for the freedom they gave us, because as a newer dance student I have difficulty remembering choreography, but also - in refusing to give up, I did find my sense of choreography greatly increased by the end of the intensive. I would recommend to any future students taking the intensive who are new to dance classes to speak up, because once I did, my classmates became very supportive and always asked if I needed help or wanted to review a phrase again.” -Participant, 2017 Summer Dance Institute

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Can participants live off-campus?
Participants can live off-campus if they wish.

May I register to take the workshop part-time?
Space is limited in the workshop, so we ask that all participants register for the full program.

Is there a placement audition at the start of the workshop?
Please note: This answer is subject to change depending on the size of the program enrollment.

Based on age range and level of technical ability, we will divide students accordingly. If any adjustments are necessary, the workshop faculty or staff will speak to the dancers individually.

What do we do in the evening and on weekends?
The program will host nightly events that may include open company rehearsals, a lec/dem from the company, dance movies, wellness and nutrition seminars, improv jams, massage nights, etc.

Is a car necessary?
It is not necessary to have a car while staying on campus. Participants can walk to all areas of the campus easily. If you do bring a car to campus, there is a $55 fee for parking.

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If you have any questions regarding our Summer Dance Institute, please contact our Program Coordinator, Ani Javian, at

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