The YCP/Youth Company Programs of Cora Dance provide Cora’s most dedicated and talented students in grades 4-12 participating in the pay-what-you-can school’s In-Studio Program an opportunity to study dance more seriously and regularly perform the work of professional choreographers. Chosen through open auditions held each year in June, YCPs have three tiers: JCYC/Junior Cora Youth Company (grades 4-7); CYC/Cora Youth Company (grades 5-12); and for a highly select group of dancers who work directly with dancers from the professional company Shannon Hummel/Cora Dance, the SH/CD Apprentice Company. Groups perform both locally and on tour 5-18 times annually, depending on tier. YCPs go far beyond the level of engagement of a typical youth performing ensemble. Siginifcant assistance with auditions and application is provided to students wishing to attend performing arts middle/high schools and colleges. YCP directors meet regularly with parents to help each student carve out their personal path in serious dance study. Parents and students are required to make a significant commitment to dance, attending two parent workshops annually and meeting for one-on-one consulation with YCP leadership. The result is three highly sophisticated ensembles who gain diverse exposure to the world of dance and who develop character, self-reliance, empathy and leaderships skills as well as dance ability through this intensive experience. For a full list of YCP Performances and Events, click HERE.
SHANNON HUMMEL/cora dance apprentice COMPANY (Tier 3)
Shannon Hummel/Cora Dance Apprentice Company is a select group of sophisticated and young dancers interested in gaining the experience necessary to perform professionally. Apprentice Company members perform at youth-centered events as well as evening-lenght formal performances alongside the professional company Shannon Hummel/Cora Dance, both locally and on tour. The Apprentice Company's repertoire is based on archived work of the SH/CD professional company as well as new work in development. Works range from solo to group work; shorter/showcase-length work to full evening length mountings. Students must be studing dance a minimum of 4 days per week, dance must be a major priority over other activities and families must be willing to allow students to tour out-of-state for 3-6 days twice annually. Cora Dance Apprentice company members 2018-2019: Rebekah Bono (professional member/Rehearsal Assistant), Anais Dallet, Z’Yanah Gonzalez, Mykal Laidlow, Evangelina Vargas, Mateo Vidals.
CORA DANCE Apprentice company MEMBERS 2018-2019
cyc/Cora Youth Company (Tier 2)
CYC/Cora Youth Company provides an intensive repertory company experience to talented, enthusiastic and dedicated middle and high school dancers (grades 6-12) strongly focused on dance as a major priority in their lives. CYC maintains a repertoire of 5-10 shorter works annually created by guest artists and faculty members. CYC participates in 8-10 performances, festivals, and youth exchanges with other teen groups locally each year and makes a 3-5 day tour to out-of-state every year to two years. CYC parents and families receive high school and college application and audition assistance for those wishing to attend performing arts schools/programs and are required to participate in one-on-one family conferences and two annual workshops geared toward gaining information and skills to support the growth of their young performing artist. Cora Dance CYC/Cora Youth Company members 2018-2019: Anais Dallett, Margot Fletcher, Destiny Garland, Z’Yanah Gonzalez, Amaya Herrera, Rose Hochkeppel, Jahde Rodriguez, Evangelina Vargas.
cyc MEMBERS 2018-2019
jcyc/junior cora youth company (TIER 1)
JCYC/Junior Cora Youth Company allows talented and dedicated young students (grades 4-7) an exciting opportunity to develop the skills and commitment needed to successfully be part of a performing group. JCYC performs locally throughout Brooklyn 5-7 times annually. Young dancers learn and perform 2-4 works locally in NYC 5-7 times annually, studying with guest professional choreographers and faculty members. JCYC parents and families are offered middle school application assistance for those auditioning for performing arts middle schools, one-on-one mentorship and two annual workshops to gain knowledge and skills to better support the growth of their young performing artist. Cora Dance JCYC/Junior Cora Youth Company members 2018-2019: Grace Foley-Murphy, Talia Haveshush, Ixchel Herrera, Adrienne Mendoza, Sanaa St. John, Sylvie Shannon.
jcyc members 2018-2019
YCP Program Photos
live and learn music video (2015)
Four select JCYC/Junior Cora Youth Company & CYC/Cora Youth Company dancers perform in Devvon Terrell's music video "Live and Learn". Choreography by Guest Artist Sarah Eika Burke. Dancers: Z’Yanah Gonzalez, Mykal Laidlow, Dontae McCoy, Mateo Vidals (2015.)
Gallery photos by Chastity Cortijo and Steve Pisano. Headshots by Chastity Cortijo.