The University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance educates the artists, scholars, educators and entrepreneurs of the future. Students are prepared with expert skills, instilled with passionate enthusiasm, and emboldened to challenge and inspire the world through the power of the performing arts.
SMTD has partnered with the Gershwin family to bring the music of George and Ira Gershwin to students, scholars, performers and audiences across campus and worldwide.
This list is by no means complete. It merely highlights of the activities of some of our graduates. Also, dancers are always moving, and contact information and career details are challenging to keep current. If you are an alumnus and would like your information added or updated, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Creator and director of the Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company, based in New Jersey.
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Connie’s many years as a professional dancer include performing with Macrodanza in Venezuela, Harbinger Dance Co in Detroit, the Ballet Nacional de Guatemala, and Contemporary Dance Theater in Cincinnati. Her teaching experience includes the School for Creative and Performing Arts, the Art Academy (both in Cincinnati), the Budig Academy of the Cincinnati Ballet, the Chautauqua Institute (with fellow UM graduate Kathleen Smith) in NY, and dance academies in Venezuela and Guatemala. In addition to her book Dance, Turn, Hop, Learn! Enriching Movement Activities for Preschoolers, she has written several articles. She presents teacher workshops at national conferences, including the National Association for the Education of Young Children as well as its state chapters. She is working on her second book about movement activities for children. She and her husband Buzz have three children: David, Michael, and Jessica.
Christine joined the Martha Graham Dance Company in 1976, where she was a principal dancer, performing Graham’s central roles in such works as Appalachian Spring, Lamentation, and Clytemnestra. Dakin became Artistic Director of the company and is now Artistic Director Laureate. She continues to perform and is on the faculty at Harvard University.