Islanders among Waters, Puerto Rico

Dance historian Marielys Burgos Meléndez & Puerto Rican choreographer, and professor at Shenandoah University in Winchester Virginia, Dorcas Román, have embarked (quite literally) on a journey through Greece to learn from the wonderful people of Syros Greece, and to teach dance as sponsored artists in residence. For more information about Akropoditi Dance Centre in Syros, Greece, contact them at:

Iroon Polytechneiou 84,
Hermoupolis Syros
tel. 22810 80690

Pentacle Management Site for DRDT

Dorcas Román Dance Theatre (DRDT) employs and incorporates contact improvisation, release, dance-theatre, Latin jazz, Flamenco and West African dance as well as Horton Technique in their work.

DRDT has presented their work throughout the USA, while Artistic Director Dorcas Román has presented and created work in Spain, Puerto Rico and Brazil and been nominated for an Ovation award in Los Angeles.

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LinkedIn Profile for Dorcas Román

Dorcas Román is a dancer/choreographer/actress native to Puerto Rico and the artistic director of DRDT a company committed to make arts accessible to all communities as a necessity to create social awareness. With a BA in theater from UPR and a MFA in choreography from UCLA Roman has been active in dance and theater for over 23 years. The press has successfully received DRDT work nationally and internationally. DRDT had toured to festivals in Spain, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Chicago, New York, Texas, Vermont and around CA. Dorcas Roman served as part of the American Delegation in the Tanzmesse Festival in Dusseldorf Germany in 2014. Roman is extremely excited to continue to teach dance and choreography around United States. Dorcas Roman Dance Theatre is a member of Pentacle (DanceWorks, Inc.), a non-profit management support organization for the performing arts.

Shenandoah University

Dorcas Román Rodríguez Joins Dance Faculty

Román Appointed Visiting Assistant Professor Of Modern Dance For 2016–2017 Academic Year

Shenandoah Conservatory has appointed Dorcas Román Rodríguez, M.F.A., as visiting assistant professor of modern dance.

“I’m delighted that Dorcas will be joining our dance division faculty in this visiting position, providing replacement to Ting-Yu Chen while she is on sabbatical during the full 2016–17 academic year,” said Shenandoah Conservatory Dean and Professor of Music Michael Stepniak, Ed.D. “It was clear to all of us that Dorcas possesses not only an unusually rich artistic and cultural background, but an exceptionally robust pedagogy. She will make a big impact on students, and will add to the wonderfully dynamic and diverse dance faculty we are fortunate to have at our conservatory.”

“Dorcas has a strong balance between a thriving, professional career and the necessary teaching experience to excel in higher education,” said Christina Halpin Chair in Dance; Chair of Dance Division and Associate Professor of Dance Ting-Yu Chen, M.F.A. “She is a vibrant artist, and I know she’ll be an inspiration to the students while maintaining a high standard for excellence. As a member of the faculty, Dorcas is sure to be a colleague who will not only work collaboratively, but passionately to foster an intense caliber of creativity within students and teachers alike.”

A dancer and choreographer native to Puerto Rico, Román has been active in dance and theatre for more than 23 years. She currently serves as artistic director of Dorcas Román Dance Theatre (DRDT), a company which has received high praise from national and international press sources. DRDT explores social, racial and gender issues through dance and theatre, and is committed to making the arts accessible to all communities to raise social awareness.

DRDT continues to teach and perform throughout the United States, especially in Southern California. Previous tours include appearances in Spain, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Chicago, New York, Texas, Vermont and California. The company has participated in festivals such as CoolNY, Going Dutch, New Wave Rising, Dance Gallery Festival, MixMatch Dance Festival, White Wave, Southern Vermont Dance Festival and The Chicago Harvest Contemporary Festival. In recent years, DRDT has participated in the Los Angeles dance series at Highways Performance Space, Studio A and the BlackTina Dance Festival in California.

Román has taught in higher education for more than fifteen years. She has taught numerous dance and theatre classes at institutions throughout California, including California State University, Long Beach; Cypress College; Cerritos College; Marymount College; and El Camino College. Her international experiences and cultural heritage infuse not only her performances and choreography, but her approaches to teaching as well.

Román also served as part of the American Delegation for the Internationale Tanzmesse Festival for Contemporary Dance in Düsseldorf, Germany in 2014. She was invited to join the Latina Dance Theater Project by teaching and presenting work in collaboration with Projecto EluzArtes in Vitória, Brazil, in spring 2015. Román served as faculty, dancer and choreographer at the Southern Vermont Dance Festival during summer 2015.

Román will also participate in an artist residency in Greece this fall.

Román received her Bachelor of Arts in theatre at the University of Puerto Rico in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and her Master of Fine Arts in choreography and performance from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is also certified in Hatha Yoga, Shakti Naam, Naam Yoga and Prenatal Yoga.

Dorcas Roman joins Dance Department

Mission Statement

Unconventional storytelling

With a blend of perspective and diverse styles, The Dorcas Roman Dance Theatre (DRDT) is strongly devoted to the creation and presentation of performing arts in an innovative and dynamic way.  Born out of native Puerto Rican artistic director Dorcas Roman’s cultural experience and passion, DRDT explores social, racial, and gender issues through dance and theatre.  The company is committed to make arts accessible to all communities as a necessity to create social awareness