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Ohio University Dance Division Summer Dance Institute


Join us! From June 17-28, 2019, the Ohio University School of Dance 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 21st

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

Since 1987, DDD has promoted the appreciation and critical understand 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)

  • 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 21:
    Half-day for classes, afternoon option of watching company in rehearsals.
    David Dorfman Dance work-in-progress showing, 7 pm, free for workshop participants.
  • Sunday, June 23:
    Day off!
  • Monday, June 24:
    Classes resume.
  • Friday, June 28:
    Half-day for classes, afternoon student showing, free and open to the public.
    Checking out of dorm rooms.

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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.

MYSSI ROBINSON 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-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.

LILY GELFANDLILY GELFAND (PERFORMING APPRENTICE) is 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.



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.

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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.

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"Being a part of the work study crew for the DDD Summer Intensive was a great experience for me! I was able to pick the brain of each company member, who's willing and eager to pass along new information, and learn more about the current dance world. Because of the way in which David Dorfman Dance embraces and celebrates community, I was not only able to grow as a dancer, but also as a human being." -Participant, 2018 Summer Dance Institute

"This enriching experience helped further my learning and growth as a dancer, as well as my versatility by providing the opportunity to learn new techniques, styles, and ideas about dance. It pushed me physically and mentally out of my comfort zone in a very inclusive and open environment. I also got the opportunity to meet, work with, make connections, and learn from a lot of new people." -Participant, 2018 Summer Dance Institute

"Working with DDD was truly a life altering experience. Their approach to art making was so unique and I was exposed to so many new possibilities of what dance could be. The boundaries of my comfort zone were constantly being pushed, but DDD was still able to create a really positive and caring environment for all of the students to explore, learn, and grow. I learned so much about myself as a dancer from this amazing group of artists and role models." -Participant, 2018 Summer Dance Institute

“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

“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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June 21, 2019 

7:00 PM with Q&A reception with the artists to follow

Shirley Wimmer Dance Theater
Putnam Hall

No reservations necessary 

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The 2019 Summer Dance Institute Fees are:

  • Tuition: $1200 for all classes and nightly activities
  • Housing (doubles only, June 17-28): $320
  • Linens (towel, washcloth, pillow, twin XL bed sheets): $16.50
  • Meals (three meals daily, including dinner on 6/17 and lunch and breakfast on 6/29): $400
  • Parking Pass: $33

“The housing and meal plan quality was greater than expectation. The new housing facility allowed for dorm students to create bonds and feel comfortable in their surroundings while the meal plans provided enough variety and quantity to keep dancers happy and well nourished.” -Participant, 2017 Summer Dance Institute

Students from the local area are welcome to commute and have the option to purchase a meal plan.

Students who choose to live in a campus-apartment are welcome to opt-out of the meal plan and purchase food at local establishments. All campus-apartments have a small shared refrigerator and microwave. Students are also welcome to opt-out of linen package, and bring personal linens.

There are coin-operated laundry facilities in the living quarters. 

Scholarships are available!

We are excited to offer a limited number of talent scholarships to workshop participants. To apply for this scholarship, please submit the following materials to John Bohuslawsky at, by April 15. Use Subject Heading: SDI- DDD Scholarship Request

  1. A letter requesting 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 at Ohio University.
  2. A link to a 2-3 minute video clip of your dancing.

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The workshop is open to pre-professional and professional dancers, ages 16 and older.

Registration closes on May 1.

There is no application fee, though a $75, non-refundable deposit is due at time of application. The balance must be paid by May 12.


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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, John Bohuslawsky at,

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