Teen Arts 2021

Professional arts instruction for teenagers:



Programs presented by Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company

Because Dance is Fun (open-level workshop)

Technique and Repertory (intermediate-level workshop)

Virtual Dance Masterclasses

Thursday, April 15 & Friday, April 16, 2021 from 10:00 – 11:00 am.

Open to Union County middle and high school students

Join Union county’s own, premiere modern dance company, Carolyn Dorfman Dance, in master classes for students at all levels. Classes will be held on Thursday, April 15th and Friday, April 16th from 10:00 – 11:00 am. The classes are free, but registration is required. Teachers may submit one registration form on behalf of their school.

Open Level – Because Dance is Fun

If you like dance on Tik Tok, join us for a fun and high energy class for anyone who likes to dance. Get your groove on with top instructors in Zumba,
Jazz and Hip Hop –something for everyone.

Dorfman Technique and Repertory (Intermediate Level & up)

For the more serious dance student, learn Dorfman’s powerful technique that celebrates the unique individual connected to the ensemble/ community. Students will learn an excerpt of Dorfman’s repertory.

Other Dance Union Events

The Dance Union Festival is a celebration of the unique and diverse dance community across Union County. Events are open to Union County schools, dance studios, companies, artists, and community groups.

  • Dance Union on the Move – Monday, April 12th & Wednesday, April 14th Classes, mini-performances for middle schools and community organizations. Contact us at info@carolyndorfman.dance to register. A few slots are left.
  • Open Rehearsal – Tuesday, April 13th, 1:00-3:00 pm Zoom inside our rehearsal at SOPAC. Register: https://bit.ly/2PLMOlM
  • Kick Off National Dance Week – Friday, April 16th, 6:00 pm A virtual performance featuring Carolyn Dorfman Dance with Union County high schools, dance studios, professional companies, and dance artists. Groups may submit current or past dance videos by Monday, April 5th at this link: https://forms.gle/ARXvxMC8BojNBgec7

This arts program is made possible in part by a 2021 HEART (History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands) Grant from the Union County Board of County Commissioners, and the New Jersey Community Foundation COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund.

Carolyn Dorfman Dance · 2780 Morris Avenue, Suite 2-C, Union, NJ 07083 · 908-687-8855 · info@carolyndorfman.dance



Programs presented by Valencia Music

Singing for Musical Theatre and Pop

Creative Songwriting

Auditioning for Musicians, College Music and Musical Theatre

How to Play the Ukulele – the Basics



Program presented by Beth Painter

Improvisational Theatre Workshop

Have you ever watched “Whose Line is it Anyway?” and thought they must be having a ball? Well they are! This interactive, playful workshop teaches the key elements of improvisation that are necessary both on stage and off! Quick out-of-the-box thinking, listening, and teamwork are part of the fun as we engage in hysterical games and improvised scenes. Workshops led by Teen Arts Instructor Beth Painter.

  • Monday, May 17th – 1:30 – 2:30
  • Thursday, May 20th – 1:30 – 2:30
  • Friday, May 21st – 1:30 – 2:30
Visual Art


Programs presented by The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey

Workshop: Art Journaling

Workshop: Cartooning

Workshop: Story of My Life – Collage Booklet

Spiral Book Arts Workshop: The Story of My Life

Presented by Mansa K. Mussa Arts Educator and Content Creator


The Story of My Life Book Arts workshop instructs in the design of a small 4 x 16 inch folded accordion book that contains “the story of your life.” Collage is the primary medium used in this project.

Create layers of information with a glue stick and incorporate drawings, text, graphics, and photographs. Integrate geometric shapes and peel-and-stick graphics to create the book. The three spirals included in the design represent the earth, sun, and moon.

Utilize a combination of graphics and text to create a  sequential story that conveys the setting of a particular time. The story can be a linear with a beginning, middle, and end. It can also be a non-linear story with a series of definitive statements on each page. The theme can be based on experiences during quarantine or another life event. In essence, each page is part of a historical and contemporary narrative of one’s life and times.

Trust your intuition to visualize a divine design with your unique personality as the pivotal character in your book. Plan each page but leave plenty of room for improvisation. Take your time and create an epic mini adventure. Let your hands go and  cut, tear, arrange and glue. And remember to document the process with your camera/phone.


  1. One sheet of 18 x 24 inch Strathmore Watercolor Paper, or a similar 140 lb. heavy paper
  2. One UHU glue stick
  3. Small photographs of yourself and your family
  4. Magazines and circulars for additional photographs and graphics
  5. One plastic cup
  6. Scissors, pencils and markers
  7. Paper: scrapbook paper, scrap paper, recycled wrapping paper,
  8. Peel-and-stick graphics (these can be ordered from Amazon, Michaels, or Blick)

Optional: An X-acto knife, a Creative Mark 12 x 18 inch Self- Healing Artist Cutting Mat, a 12-inch ALUMICUTTER metal ruler, and a 4-inch Speedball brayer


  1. Cut a strip of watercolor paper to a 4×16 inch strip. Card stock and other heavyweight paper (140 lb) can be used for this
  2. Fold the 16 inches in half to an 8-inch panel. Then fold one 8-inch panel in half to the right, flip the panel over and fold the second 8-inch panel in half to the right. This forms a 4×4 inch accordion book. Use a bone folder to create smooth folds. You can also adhere an additional 4×4 inch section to make a longer
  3. Number each page 1 through 8. The cover page should be number
  4. Cut or punch a square or circle shape into the cover page of the book. This is the portal to your
  5. Use a plastic cup to trace and cut four circles. Glue one circle to the top of page 3, one on the right-hand side of page 5, and one on the left-hand side of page. The circles/spirals should extend beyond the book.
  6. Cut out geometric shapes: hearts, small and medium circles, squares, triangles, stars, and
  7. Use the materials to create layers of photos, graphics, text, and geometric shapes on each
  8. Add text: either handwritten, from magazines, or peel- and-stick

Historical Research Connection

  • The Art of Collage Painter Romare Bearden.
  • View Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey at this YouTube link.

Rule buster: Use three-dimensional items on one page.