Help young dancers SOAR this #GivingTuesday!

SOAR Campaign

Our annual Fall Drive to raise money in support of our Tuition Assisted Students is HERE and your donations help kids SOAR! Support Opportunities for Artists to Rise. Make a donation by January 1, 2019 and help us meet our $28,000 fall goal! 

We have already raised $7,480 so far! Only $20,520 to go!

Cora will offer $78,000 in scholarship support this year. Over 400 students study with us annually, nearly 90% attending for FREE or reduced tuition. 

Give today at www.coradance.org/donate and help keep kids SOARing!

Check out the BEFORE & AFTER shots of Cora's new space and learn about our SOAR Campaign at https://vimeo.com/297158663.


GIFTS - GET YOUR TICKETS!

gifts is the latest site-based work by choreographer Shannon Hummel. In this, her 20th anniversary season of her company Cora Dance, Hummel pushes the limits of physical confinement and boundless imagination, sequestering dancers and audience in an intensely isolated location - undisclosed until performance - to paint a harsh world where value is defined by circumstance. In times of uncertainty, gifts calls into question whether persistent belief in future rewards is worth pushing through and dismissing the accessible pleasures of the present moment. A journey of textures, tastes, sounds, smells, and images - real and imagined - gifts is a frank look at a world absent of sensuality whose possibilities for rejuvenation are available only in the imagination.

gifts features choreography and direction by Cora Dance Artistic Director Shannon Hummel in collaboration with performers and Cora Dance company members, Katie Dean and Kelsey Kramer, original score by composer Hans Bilger, scenic consultation by Andromache Chalfant, scenic design and construction by Scott Pfaffman, lighting design by Severn Clay-Youman, costume design and construction by Maria Kofman, graphic design by Katie Dean. Project Manager and Company Assistant, Nicole Assanti.

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Shannon Hummel/Cora Dance
Tuesday - Friday, January 22-26 @ 8pm
Tickets: $30*

Location: Performances take place in the neighborhood of Red Hook, Brooklyn. Purchasers will receive specific instructions via email prior to the performance date to provide venue location and instructions.

*A limited number of $15 discounted tickets are available upon request. Those requiring a discount to attend, email Project Manager, Nicole Assanti at nassanti@coradance.org to request the code or call 718-858-2520.

*$30 full price ticket holders receive FREE admission to the Gifts Post-Performance Dance Party Bash at THE NEST, 610 Smith St #J, Brooklyn, NY 11231 on Saturday, January 26, 10pm-1am (or beyond if the grooves won’t stop!). Tunes spun by Snicklefritz (DJ for Burning Man). FREE for those with full price gifts tickets. $20 at the door for all others.

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BAX Disabled Artist Space Grant Partnership:

BAX | Brooklyn Arts Exchange is rolling out a new DISABLED ARTIST SPACE GRANT PILOT PROGRAM and is excited to partner with Cora Dance! Modeled after BAX’s long-standing space grants, 4 dance/theater/performance artists will be provided 100 hours of space to be used February-June 2019 at Cora Dance or BAX’s main site; an honorarium; a travel stipend; and more. The program will be facilitated by Lindsay Londs Reuter, a non-disabled cultural practitioner working at the intersections of performance and accessibility. 

Apply by Thursday, December 13;  For guidelines and eligibility visit:  http://artistservices.bax.org/applications/disabled-artist-space-grant/

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ADULT CLASSES ARE HERE!

Cora is now offering and hosting classes for adults! Come check out our Cora's Saturday Advanced Beginner Adult Ballet with Elyssa Dole (10:30-11:45am) and Open Level Modern Technique with Shannon Hummel (11:50am-1pm). On Sundays from 10:30-11:45am, Sara Saldutti will be teaching Yoga in our space at 358 Van Brunt! Contact her at ssrhyogi33@gmail.com for more info! For all other classes, contact Cora's Programs Manager, Rebekah Bono at rbono@coradance.org or call us at 718-858-2520.

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Often, when the organization I founded - Cora Dance - is fundraising, I forget to mention how Cora and dance in general impacts me. But truly, I can’t express myself without moving. As a young person, I felt trapped when called upon to express how I felt in words alone and only when asked to move could I engage with the deepest parts of myself and my own power to communicate. I know from so many years as a teacher that so many children - particularly those who struggle in school with verbal or written communication- THRIVE in dance because movement is who they are. Why should the ability to know and express who you are, to tap into your best self, your language, your spirit... why should that experience be reserved just for children whose families can pay for it. 

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Cora Dance’s mission is about having found a small way to try to give a voice to a child like I was... one who needed to move to live strong and find peace. Your donations help me give that gift.

Thank you all...

-Shannon Hummel


After the exponential growth in the last two years, Cora Dance is expanding its staffing to include a part-time Operations & Events Manager and a full-time Managing Director! If you are interested in applying to join our team of administrators, please email a current resume with a cover letter indicating interest in the position as separate PDF attachments to Artistic Director, Shannon Hummel at shummel@coradance.org. Please write OPERATIONS & EVENTS MANAGER or MANAGING DIRECTOR in the subject line.

We are eager to hear from you!


Cora Dance is supported in part by funds from New York Urban League, the City of New York, and the Department of Youth and Community Development; public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; public funds from the Decentralization Program of the New York State Council on the Arts, administered in Kings County by Brooklyn Arts Council; and additional funds provided by ALLINBKLYN, the Office of Councilman Carlos Menchaca, The O'Connell Organization Family Foundation, Inc., the Michael Tuch Foundation, Tiger Baron Foundation, the Earlynn J. Miller Donor-Advised Fund of the Community Foundation of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County, Omaha Community Foundation, The White Cedar Fund, Fred J. Brotherton Charitable Foundation and the Meringoff Family Foundation and Cora's generous individual donors. Printed materials were made possible, in part, with funds from the Destination>Brooklyn Program, funded by the Office of the Brooklyn Borough President, Eric L. Adams and NYC & Company Foundation, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council; and with additional from SaveMor Digital Printing. Capital funds made possible by an anonymous donor, the Earlynn J. Miller Donor-Advised Fund of the Community Foundation of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County, generous support of the Red Hook community and Cora's individual donors.

Help Us S.O.A.R. !

We Did it!

Dear Friend of Cora Dance,

WE DID IT! Last fall, after three years of painstaking work, Cora launched a 5-Year Growth Plan to expand programs, improve performance and find a larger, permanent home by 2023. In 2018 - FOUR YEARS AHEAD OF SCHEDULE - we moved to that home, not to abandon our plan, but because our growth was so exponential, we had to act... FAST.

 Your steadfast commitment to Cora inspired us - against all odds - to find a space, move and complete Phase 1 renovations in just THREE MONTHS without losing a single day of programming: a mammoth feat made possible by community members committed to creating a home for dance accessible to everyone. Your donations of time and money, in small and large amounts, catapulted Cora from a tiny, tucked-away 1,100 square foot space to a stunning, state-of-the art, conveniently located, 3,200 square foot facility that we can truly call home. It is an inspiring story and an inspiring space where we can count on having a roof over our heads for 20 years to come. Now, we ask you to support something even more inspiring….what is UNDER that roof.

With your support, Cora has remained a PAY-WHAT-YOU-CAN institution for a decade where no child has ever been turned way based on what or if they can pay. We offer priority enrollment to NYCHA and Section-8 families and nearly 90% of our students attend for FREE or receive tuition assistance. This year has just begun and already, Cora has offered $78,000 in tuition discounts and will engage more students than ever (OVER 400 TO BE EXACT!). More students also means more instructors, program assistants, snacks, leotards, shoes… more reasons we need YOU to help ensure every child has a chance to SOAR!

 At Cora Dance, every single donor matters, every single donation has an impact and we need you to continue to champion our growing family. Our Fall SOAR Campaign - Supporting Opportunities for Artists to Rise - means with your support, Cora can ensure that every child - not just those of ample means - has an equal opportunity to dance. Your donation last season helped us acquire our home. This season, your donation keeps kids SOARING inside. Please visit www.coradance.org to donate. Join us in making what has been an historic step, a lasting one.

With deepest gratitude,

Shannon Hummel

Artistic & Executive Director


important dates

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SHANNON HUMMEL/CORA DANCE’S 2019 NYC SEASON PREMIER

Visit coradance.org beginning December 2018 for detailed times and location info.


PHASE 2 OF CORA’S BUILD-OUT IS COMING SOON
(AND TAKING ACCESS EVEN FURTHER!)

Cora secured $105,721 of our total $250,000 Capital Campaign Goal to complete Phase 1 renovations this summer and open our new space. Phase 2 begins Summer 2019 when we finish the basement,
install a multi-unit cooling system, and install a wheelchair ramp
so the entire facility is ADA accessible, ensuring everyone has access to Cora!

STAY TUNED ON HOW TO GET INVOLVED!!


We are grateful to you all.


Cora Dance is supported in part by funds from New York Urban League, the City of New York, and the Department of Youth and Community Development; public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; public funds from the Decentralization Program of the New York State Council on the Arts, administered in Kings County by Brooklyn Arts Council; and additional funds provided by ALLINBKLYN, the Office of Councilman Carlos Menchaca, The O'Connell Organization Family Foundation, Inc., the Michael Tuch Foundation, Tiger Baron Foundation, the Earlynn J. Miller Donor-Advised Fund of the Community Foundation of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County, Omaha Community Foundation, The White Cedar Fund, Fred J. Brotherton Charitable Foundation and the Meringoff Family Foundation and Cora's generous individual donors. Printed materials were made possible, in part, with funds from the Destination>Brooklyn Program, funded by the Office of the Brooklyn Borough President, Eric L. Adams and NYC & Company Foundation, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council; and with additional from SaveMor Digital Printing. 2018-2019 in-Kind Cora Dance Event Production provided by Atelier Roquette. Capital funds made possible by an anonymous donor, the Earlynn J. Miller Donor-Advised Fund of the Community Foundation of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County, generous support of the Red Hook community and Cora's individual donors.

Fall Begins at Cora!


And it all started with the
Opening Ribbon Cutting & Community Gathering!

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To everyone at our Ribbon Cutting, especially Mary Howard for setting us up right with roses, ribbon and even GIANT scissors, we thank you all for christening our space with such an outpouring of enthusiasm. Deepest gratitude to Scott Pfaffman and Severn Clay-Youman, the beauty and purpose and sense of home you’ve designed and built has changed our lives. No words can express what your gift in creating this new space has done for Cora, for Red Hook and for dance.

Photos by Steven Pisano


We then celebrated
20 Years of Cora: A Gala Retrospective

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To the many dear friends who attended the 20 YEARS OF CORA Gala, THANK YOU. Your presence was deeply felt, especially Donna Costello, Vanessa Adato, Kelly Bartnik, Calia Marshall, Mesha Wildfire Progo Laidlow and Junie Marsh whose words were a tribute to Cora. We are so proud of what we’ve made these past 20 years. To Rebekah Bono, Katie Dean, Kelsey Kramer, Cynthia Thompson and the Apprentice students - Anaïs, Evie, Mateo, Mykie and Z’Yanah - for their stunning performances and for working for a full year to master and embody pieces that, to see them again, was powerful, inspiring and beyond moving to so many.

Photos by Chastity Cortijo


And then, our 2018-2019 Season Officially Began!

60 families streamed through Cora’s doors for the first time (past Lin’s quilt!) for the first day of classes on September 27, 2018 at Cora’s new home! We were all giddy with excitement and expectation, not only for the first day of new leotards, shoes, and cubbies, but for all that will happen here in the next 20 years, the dances and dancers that will grow here, the relationships that will emerge, the bonds that will be built, the learning that will take place... the journeys and the transformations.

Thank you everyone for playing a part in all of it.


Cora’s quilt, created by Master Quilt-maker
Lin Preston

Cora coins by Red Hook’s legendary coin crafter and ceramicist Beriah Wall


WE HAVE ADULT CLASSES!

Saturday, Cora has Ballet and Modern classes for adults and we are adding more offerings soon!
Contact Programs Manager Rebekah Bono at rbono@coradance.org or call 718-858-2520 for info or to register! Check back to our website at www.coradance.org for an updated schedule of offerings. 


important dates

Saturday, October 6-Monday, October 8: NO CLASSES, Columbus Day weekend. 

Saturday, October 20, 1:30-3:30pm: YCP/YOUTH COMPANY PROGRAM PARENT WORKSHOPS 

Wednesday, October 31: NO CLASSES, Halloween


DONATE to complete Cora’s Build Out! 

Your donations this coming year will continue to support our PAY-WHAT-YOU-CAN programming for hundreds of kids, and will help us build a wheelchair ramp in the front of our space
so everybody can call Cora home!  


Our Grand Opening & Gala weekend events brought us $7,000 closer to our $250,000 end of season goal. That brings us to a total of $112,000 for continuing renovations in our new home and expanding programs.

There are many ways to support Cora Dance! Now that classes have begun, we are in need of monthly snack sponsors.  Cora provides a healthy snack daily to all students studying with us.

Interested in being a monthly snack sponsor and feeding hungry dancers? Sign up to be a Snack Sponsor! Email Programs Manager, Rebekah Bono at rbono@coradance.org or call 718-858-2520 to find out how!

We are grateful to you all.


Cora Dance is supported in part by funds from New York Urban League, the City of New York, and the Department of Youth and Community Development; public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; public funds from the Decentralization Program of the New York State Council on the Arts, administered in Kings County by Brooklyn Arts Council; and additional funds provided by ALLINBKLYN, the Office of Councilman Carlos Menchaca, The O'Connell Organization Family Foundation, Inc., the Michael Tuch Foundation, Tiger Baron Foundation, the Earlynn J. Miller Donor-Advised Fund of the Community Foundation of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County, Omaha Community Foundation, The White Cedar Fund, Fred J. Brotherton Charitable Foundation and the Meringoff Family Foundation and Cora's generous individual donors. Printed materials were made possible, in part, with funds from the Destination>Brooklyn Program, funded by the Office of the Brooklyn Borough President, Eric L. Adams and NYC & Company Foundation, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council; and with additional from SaveMor Digital Printing. 2018-2019 in-Kind Cora Dance Event Production provided by Atelier Roquette. Capital funds made possible by an anonymous donor, the Earlynn J. Miller Donor-Advised Fund of the Community Foundation of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County, generous support of the Red Hook community and Cora's individual donors.

Press Release: The 2018-2019 Cora Dance 20th Anniversary Season

In July 2018, Cora Dance completed 20 years of work in NYC and laid the foundation for the next 20 years of art-making, relocating to its first ever long-term facility at 358 Van Brunt Street in Red Hook, Brooklyn, after exponential growth in enrollment in the previous year. The 2700 square foot facility will officially open September 21 and will host regular performances, events, and daily pay-what-you-can classes for children and adults. The space will continue to be a home for Cora Dance's youth companies, apprentice company and professional company as well as the growing school which continues to turn no child away based on financial means. In addition to celebrating a new home, the season kicks off with a Gala Retrospective in September, highlighting iconic works from  past 20 years of the company; and in January 2019,  the professional company will premiere a new work, gifts, at an undisclosed site-specific location.

Cora's New Year has Begun! And it's a big one!

August 2018

2018-2019 marks our 20th anniversary season
and we are excited for all that this year brings

Registration for the 2018-2019 is under way and our students are excited to learn in our brand new space! 

Registration for previously enrolled students begins on Monday, August 27.

Registration for new families begins Tuesday, September 4. 

Stop by our new space-in-progess or give us a call (718-858-2520) to register for the upcoming season Monday-Friday from Noon-5:00pm. 

 

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The buildout of Cora's new home is nearly done. The journey has been exciting, and humbling. Cora families, friends, friends of friends, neighbors, and volunteers from everywhere came together to help Build a Home for Cora. It has been incredible to see people in our community join us as we venture off into this journey. There are not enough words to express our gratitude. We look forward to seeing everyone enjoy the new space with us. 

It's crunch time and we are pulling it all together in the new studio. We could still USE YOUR HELP! 
Below is a list of tasks Cora needs to complete BEFORE September 3rd. Email us hmorgan@coradance.org with your availability if you are interested and would like to help out. WE'LL WORK AROUND YOUR SCHEDULE. -

  • install partitions

  • install desks

  • hang doors

  • stain wood floor

  • seal brick wall

  • lay marley floor

  • move final items from the old space to the new (**need a truck as well)

  • install base board trim/molding

  • install ballet barres

  • paint (basement and upstairs)

OPENING RIBBON CUTTING & COMMUNITY GATHERING
Friday, September 21, 2018 @ 6:00 PM  9:00 PM

A celebratory ribbon cutting at 358 Van Brunt Street kicks off the opening of our new home! Come join us for a chance to meet the Cora family, register for classes and see our beautiful new facility.

The ribbon cutting will be followed by a fun, festive Community Gathering beginning at 7pm at Atelier Roquette at 63 Commerce St, Red Hook, Brooklyn, to give the friends of Cora - past, present and future - a chance to have a cocktail, share stories and celebrate in good company as Cora kicks off the season in our new home!!

Admission is FREE to both the ribbon cutting and community gathering. Donations will be happily accepted at the door.

Generously produced by In-Kind Event Producers, Atelier Roquette.

 

 

because of you...

Fundraising efforts have brought us to nearly
$106,000 towards our
$250,000 year end goal! 

 

 

 

 


Thanks to all our generous donors.
Keep spreading the word & help Cora Dance reach $250K by New Year's Day!

 

 

Photo credits:  Shannon Hummel, Anja Hitzenberger, Heidi Morgan, Mike Keeling, Kate Prunkl, Steven Pisano

Copyright © 2018 Cora Dance, All rights reserved.
 

Our mailing address is:
Cora Dance
358 Van Brunt Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231
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In 2018-2019, Cora Dance is supported in part by funds from New York Urban League, the City of New York, and the Department of Youth and Community Development; public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; public funds from the Decentralization Program of the New York State Council on the Arts, administered in Kings County by Brooklyn Arts Council; and additional funds provided by ALLINBKLYN, the Office of Councilman Carlos Menchaca, The O'Connell Organization Family Foundation, Inc., the Michael Tuch Foundation, Tiger Baron Foundation, the Earlynn J. Miller Donor-Advised Fund of the Community Foundation of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County, Omaha Community Foundation, The White Cedar Fund and the Meringoff Family Foundation and Cora's generous individual donors. Printed materials were made possible, in part, with funds from the Destination>Brooklyn Program, funded by the Office of the Brooklyn Borough President, Eric L. Adams and NYC & Company Foundation, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council; and with additional from SaveMor Digital Printing. 2018-2019 in-Kind Cora Dance Event Production provided by Atelier Roquette. Capital funds made possible by an anonymous donor, the Earlynn J. Miller Donor-Advised Fund of the Community Foundation of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County, generous support of the Red Hook community and Cora's individual donors.