Carolyn Dorfman Dance

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Carolyn Dorfman Dance

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In partnership with The Ocean County Teen Arts Festival, Carolyn Dorfman Dance presents the 2021 preview of PRIMA! by Carolyn Dorfman and Company celebrating the 5-decade career and range of the inimitable Louis Prima. Through the use of full songs, including the iconic “Sing Sing Sing” and “Just A Gigolo/Ain’t Got Nobody” and musical collage, Dorfman and her versatile and dynamic company explore the full, driving and buoyant sound of Louis Prima and his band. Dorfman, too, features the powerful, virtuosic and expressive voices of Prima’s female lead singers, Gia Maione Prima and Keely Smith in such delights as “I Want You To Be My Baby,” and  “Undecided”. It is the strength, nuance and playful, yet firm, dialogue and banter of these women with Prima, that inspires Dorfman most. PRIMA! will take you on a joyous ride through time, love, relationship and connection.

The dance performance will be followed by a Q&A.

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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 ten multi-ethnic and stunning dancers tap their unique talents to 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. This is contemporary dance that moves you to think, feel, laugh, cry and engage.

The highly acclaimed ensemble is known for emotional resonance and artistic excellence both in performance and in its interactions with audiences, students and the community. Sharing art and process is the hallmark of this company. For over 30 years, Carolyn Dorfman Dance has appeared at major theaters, dance festivals, universities, schools, museums and galleries regionally, nationally and internationally.


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This project was commissioned by the Gia Maione Prima Foundation and Ocean County College. It is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Gia Maione Prima Foundation. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit

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March 23, 2021
11:00 am EDT
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