Dorothy has served as Artistic Director of Kulu Mele African Dance & Drum Ensemble for nearly 30 years. She studied dance with Les Ballets Africains, the National Dance Company of Senegal. She performed with Chuck Davis and choreographed for Lantern Theater Company and the University of Pennsylvania. In 2007, she was awarded a Pew Fellowship in the Arts. In 2015, she received a lifetime achievement award from Philadelphia Folklore Project.