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David Dorfman Dance bringing in the funk

April 14, 2011
The Herald-Star

PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Dance Council will present David Dorfman Dance at 8 p.m. April 30 at the Byham Theater.

David Dorfman Dance will perform the Pittsburgh premiere of "Prophets of Funk/Dance to the Music," a dance celebration that honors the music of Sly and the Family Stone, one of the first racially and gender-integrated bands in America.

Founded in 1985, the 26-year-old company has performed in New York City and throughout North and South America, Great Britain and Europe.

Founder and performer David Dorfman is a Chicago native. Dorfman received a bachelor's degree in business administration from Washington University in St. Louis and a master's degree in dance from Connecticut College, where he joined the faculty in 2004 and is a dance professor and department chair.

Dorfman has received many awards for his works, including the 2005 Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship, an American Choreographer's Award, the first Paul Taylor Fellowship from the Yard and a New York Dance and Performance Award for David Dorfman Dance's community-based project "Familiar Movements."

"Prophets of Funk/Dance to the Music" premiered Feb. 4 at Connecticut College and was conceived and directed by David Dorfman, with choreography and text by David Dorfman Dance, sound design by Samuel Crawford, music by Sly and the Family Stone, lighting design by David Weiner in association with Dans Sheehan, media design by Jacob Pinholster, costumes by Amanda Bujak and dramaturgy by Alex Timbers.

Tickets are $19 to $45 and may be purchased at the Box Office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue, online at or by calling (412) 456-6666.

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