Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Carolyn Dorfman Dance Returns to SOPAC Saturday, April 23, with Two New Works


WHEN: Saturday, April 23, at 8:00 p.m.
SOPAC ((South Orange Performing Arts Center), 1 SOPAC Way, South Orange (underneath the train station)
TICKETS: $25.00 and $35.00
may be ordered in advance at or by calling the box office at 973-313-2787.
The performance is also part of the 2022 Gala Benefit for Carolyn Dorfman Dance. To learn more about the Gala Benefit visit

Carolyn Dorfman Dance returns for a spectacular evening of dance. Comprised of 11 dancers, the company is known nationally and internationally for emotional resonance, artistic excellence and thrilling entertainment. The evening, which features two new works and one audience favorite, is also the company’s Gala Benefit Performance in support of the organization’s artistic and educational programming.

The world premiere of NOW showcases the “signature, fast-paced, heart-stopping” creation of the nationally renowned dancer and choreographer, Juel D. Lane. Named one of Dance Magazine’s “25 To Watch,” Juel most recently won Celebration of Dance: Choreographer of the Year and Best Choreography for Live Performance for a work he created for Ailey II. He currently dances with the Bessie Award-winning Camille A. Brown & Dancers, a New York-based company formed in 2006 by the internationally renowned choreographer.

Created by Carolyn Dorfman, PRIMA! debuted in its entirety last month celebrating the opening of the Gia Maione Prima Foundation Studio Theatre at Ocean County College. Commissioned by the Gia Maione Prima Foundation and Ocean County College, the work is now being premiered in the Metropolitan Area. PRIMA! celebrates the 5-decade career of the inimitable jazz musician Louis Prima, featuring some of his most popular and enduring hits including “Sing Sing Sing,” “Just A Gigolo/Ain’t Got Nobody,” “Jump Jive An’ Wail,” “I Want You to Be My Baby,” and “Undecided.”

The program also includes one of the Company’s most popular dances, “Pastorale Pause.” It is set to a suite of Celtic music by John Whelan and explores simple “pastoral pleasures.” From vibrant jigs to resonant ballads, the music and the dance take the audience on a joyous ride which one critic praised as “…lyrical, youthful and effervescent…” The work, premiered almost two decades ago, creates a journey that embraces the serenity, jubilation, sensuousness and intoxication of being at one with nature.

Following Covid-10 precautions, a proof of vaccination is required for all audience members regardless of age. Dancers, staff, and crew are all vaccinated. Documentation will be checked at the door and masks are required in the theater for all non-performers at all times, with the exception of eating or drinking in the lobby.

About Carolyn Dorfman Dance

Carolyn Dorfman Dance connects life and dance in bold, athletic and dramatic works by Carolyn Dorfman and nationally renowned choreographers. The company’s 11 multi-ethnic and stunning dancers present high-energy and technically demanding dance that unleashes the powerful storytelling and imagery of its visionary creator. This distinctive combination takes audiences on intellectual and emotional journeys that ultimately illuminate and celebrate the human experience. The highly acclaimed ensemble is known for emotional resonance and artistic excellence in both performance and its interaction with audiences, students and community. Carolyn Dorfman Dance appears at major theaters, dance festivals, universities, schools, museums and galleries regionally, nationally and internationally.

About The Carolyn Dorfman Dance Gala Benefit

The performance is the company’s 2022 Gala Benefit, supporting the company’s artistic and educational programming. In addition to the works, the event also honors several individuals who have made a difference for the company. The prestigious Encore Award will go to Fran Sullivan and Henry Marcantonio, who have been loyal supporters of Carolyn Dorfman Dance for many years. And the prestigious Lifeline Award will be presented to dancers Katlyn Baskin, Brandon Jones and Louis Marin-Howard and to long-time company employee Anna Shaffner. To learn more about the Carolyn Dorfman Dance Gala Benefit and to become a supporter, visit

About Juel D. Lane

Juel D. Lane is a renaissance artist and one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch.” Most recently he won Celebration of Dance: Choreographer of the Year and Best Choreography for Live Performance for Ailey II’s “Touch & Agree.” He has performed nationally and internationally with Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, and currently dances with Bessie Award winning Camille A. Brown & Dancers. In 2012, Lane became the first black independent Atlanta-based choreographer ever to be commissioned by the Atlanta Ballet, choreographing Moments of Dis for the company. Lane was selected to participate in the 2015-2016 Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation New Directions Choreography Lab. Lane’s dance on film, “The Maestro” was featured on and awarded Best Music Video at Bronze Lens Festival. He recently choreographed for Ailey II and Dallas Black Dance Theatre. Lane was last seen as a dancer in the Emmy Award winning television special, “Jesus Christ Superstar Live” on NBC and “Harlem” on Amazon Prime.