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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 and help keep kids SOARing!

Check out the BEFORE & AFTER shots of Cora's new space and learn about our SOAR Campaign at


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.

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 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.


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:



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 for more info! For all other classes, contact Cora's Programs Manager, Rebekah Bono at or call us at 718-858-2520.

Slow Vinyasa Yoga with Sara Saldutti at Cora Dance.jpg

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. 


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 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.