Magazine article Dance Teacher

David Dorfman

Magazine article Dance Teacher

David Dorfman

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Finding the balance between life and dance

Education: BS in business administration from Washington University in St. Louis; MFA, Connecticut College

Career: danced with Susan Marshall & Company; founded David Dorfman Dance in 1985

Teaching credits: professor and chair of the dance department at Connecticut College

Take a look at David Dorfman's agenda and you might start to feel inadequate. When he's not chairing Connecticut College's dance department or rehearsing with his own company, you might find him sitting down to dinner with his wife (fellow Connecticut College faculty member Lisa Race) and 12-year-old son-or else he'll be practicing the accordion or saxophone or teaching himself to play the guitar. Throw in his upcoming State Department-sponsored DanceMotion USA tour to Turkey, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, where he and his company will hold workshops, outreach events and performances, and you'll realize you're either dealing with a madman or a magician.

Dorfman is neither, though you could argue that his ability to create explosive, floor-pummeling dances that also manage to give your heartstrings a good tug is a form of magic. Full of infectious joy at his good fortune, he sees the excitement that awaits him in each new opportunity and uses that to catapult himself from one project to the next. And now, with his monthlong DanceMotion tour, he's got the chance to spread that enthusiasm around-with an added bonus: This summer, Dorfman will welcome one dance company from his travels to join his own dancers in the U. …

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