keep creativity flowing. support a dancer.
Cora is equal parts community engagement, outstanding education and professional art-making. Professional company rehearsals are places of experimentation, discovery and growth. The studio work of the professional company, Shannon Hummel/Cora Dance is integral to discovering new approaches to collaboration, creation, performance and enrichment of the artistic work throughout the entire organization. Dancers rehearse weekly, year round to bring Hummel’s choreography to the stage. Donate $25 and pay a dancer for an hour of rehearsal and invest in dance that invites audiences into “poignant, affecting and remarkably assured universes” of professional choreography. (NY Times)
professional teachers matter!
At Cora, we provide exceptional instruction by highly trained dancers and teaching artists who are actively working as professionals throughout NYC and beyond. Your donation ensures that all children, not just those of means, can take class from experienced teachers who provide safe training and, for those who wish to dance professionally later, a strong base for pursuing a career in dance. Donate $75 and ensure children have professional instruction for one of the 30+ teaching hours per week that Cora provides throughout the year.
Dancewear helps students soar!
Cora Dance provides new uniform ballet shoes, tap shoes, leotards, tights, leggings and additional dancewear for all students who need these items. High quality, uniform attire and shoes not only visually “levels the playing field” in the classroom, but also enable teachers to provide a higher level of training, create safer classrooms and encourage a sense of pride among students in both their attire and their dancing bodies. Donate $125, outfit a dancer for an entire year and support equity and confidence in and out of the studio.
BE A SNACK SPONSOR FOR A MONTH
With your help, there’s no dancing on an empty stomach at Cora. We pick up 20 kids per day from school and they are HUNGRY!! It's critical that they have a healthy snack to sustain their energy. That's why we provide free snack to all our after-school students, the 20 we pick up and the other 60+ more per day who come later! Snack is important (AND EXPENSIVE!) Donate $200 and sponsor snack for 1 month!
expand horizons. TAKE A YCP/YOUTH COMPANY dancer ON TOUR!
Cora’s YCP/Youth Company Programs tour out of state annually to give kids the opportunity to see the country, connect deeply with one another, attend college auditions and workshops and meet dancers from other parts of the world. It’s truly transformative and can’t happen without you! Support a child’s future. Donate $500 to cover meals and travel expenses for one child for a week of incredible growth on the road!
“you can feel the quiet tearing of a heart that might be your own.” -the new York times
The professional company Shannon Hummel/Cora Dance is where Cora began 20 years ago and its method of collaboratively creating work that celebrates differences while recognizing our common ground is at the root of all Cora stands for. Like the school, the company works with seasoned professionals - composers, costume designers, and of course, dancers from a wide range of dance histories who perform “finely wrought choreography as vivid and true as a Eudora Welty story.” (NY Times). Donate $750 and support a professional dancers performance fees for a 3-night weekend run of this acclaimed company’s work.
COVER A CHILD'S TUITION FOR ONE YEAR
Dance classes are not just for kids wishing to be professional dancers. More and more studies show that children who study dance have higher chances of succeeding in school, gaining college entry and attaining better paying jobs. Why should those opportunities be just for children of means? Cora believes dance should be accessible to all children and families, regardless of income. All Cora’s classes are pay-what-you-can, with over 80% of our 400+ students attending for FREE or reduced tuition. Change a life. Donate $1000 and send a child to dance class once a week for a whole year.
(MAKE MINE A TRIPLE!: Pledege to give $1000 or more for 3 years consecutively and become a member of our Giving Circle where you’ll receive discounted admission to performances and events, special invitations to professional and youth company rehearsals and other fun perks! To join, write “Giving Circle” in the memo of your check or in the Designation Section online
wanna see your name in lights? Sponsor a cora Event!
Cora events reach over 2000 people live and in person every year and thousands more annually via online and social media and outreach. Give $5000 and become a title sponsor of a Cora Dance event. For details and benefits, contact General Manager, Bora Yoon at firstname.lastname@example.org! (For a full list of Cora events, click HERE.)
OR CHOOSE another AMOUNT NOW!
PHASE 2 OF CORA’S BUILD-OUT IS COMING SOON
(and taking ACCESS even further!)
Thanks to you, Cora secured $105,721 in July 2018 to complete Phase 1 renovations and open our new space at 358 Van Brunt Street. Phase 2 begins in FY2019 when we install multi-unit split system air conditioning, theaterical lighting in our studio to create an intimate black box thearer, and install a permanent wheelchair ramp in the front of our space to the facility is fully ADA accessible. Make a donation today and earmark it for Phase 2 to help us meet our $100,000 goal! CLICK HERE TO SEE THE JOURNEY OF OUR RELOCATION AND BUILD OUT!
A gift to Cora Dance is an investment in education, artistic excellence, community and equity. All of Cora’s programs are pay-what-you-can and no one is turned away from a performance, class or event based on what or if they can pay. We can only make this equal access possible with your generous support of our dancers and community: THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY!