led by Hummel

Cora Dance Artistic Director, Shannon Hummel is available for guest choreographic residencies. Her work has been set on performing groups and companies throughout the United States and she is frequently commissioned to create dances on students in colleges, universities, schools, and studios.

LECTURES - all led by Hummel

COMMON GROUND: Creating Access to the Arts in Under-Served Communities

Hummel examines how artists can create strategies and accessible entry points into their work without compromising their artistic vision, allowing audiences who may be unfamiliar with dance to see its relevance and embrace its importance. Uncovering how arts experiences may be intimidating, overwhelming or isolating to many, Hummel examines the barriers that keep low-income populations from accessing the art form.  is discussion addresses why the arts are o en looked at as luxuries for the elite rather than as an important part of the lives of all people and explores what artists can do to address these issues.


GROUNDWORK: Starting as a Choreographer in NYC

Beyond practical resources on where to rehearse, how to find dancers, and how to get your work presented, this discussion examines how to survive both personally and artistically in a city that can o en feel overwhelming and isolating. Hummel is the founder and developer of  e Groundwork Residency, a uniquely in-depth residency program for choreographers in their first five years of developing choreography in NYC. Offering space to develop work, artistic mentorship and networking opportunities, Groundwork provides substantial professional development to emerging choreographers that helps ensure their success and longevity in and satisfaction with their career in the dance  eld.  e residency takes place at  e Cora Studio in Red Hook, Brooklyn.


STARTING SMALL: Inspiring young movers

Shannon Hummel has worked with young children for over 20 years, developing and implementing dance programs through schools, studios, social service programs, parks and almost anywhere else a kid can move. Throughout this time, Ms. Hummel has studied and worked closely with many child psychologists and learning specialists to gain a broader knowledge of the development of young children and why dance is so important (and sometimes so intimidating) to young dancers. In this fun, interactive lecture, Hummel explores how narrative and imagery can boost enthusiasm, strengthen technical skills, connect dance concepts to the broader work and improve a sense of trust in oneself and others.  e concepts explored are relevant for those teaching any age.