And it all started with the
Opening Ribbon Cutting & Community Gathering!
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
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
Cora coins by Red Hook’s legendary coin crafter and ceramicist Beriah Wall
WE HAVE ADULT CLASSES!
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.