Master Classes & Residencies

Artistic Director, Shannon Hummel, and select company members are available for master classes, lectures and guest choreographic residencies. Hummel has taught, spoken and had her work set on performing groups and companies throughout the United States and is frequently commissioned to create dances on students in colleges, universities, schools, and studios. For more information or to book a class, lecture or residency, contact General Manager, Bora Yoon at byoon@coradance.org or call 718-858-2520.

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TECHNIQUE, IMPROV, PERFORMANCE

LED BY HUMMEL & COMPANY MEMBERS

Based on the Cora’s performer-driven style of creating and affecting material, this class focuses on making authentic choices. Whether performing highly physical phrasework or subtle gestures, dancers are challenged to transition seamlessly between these states with truth, clarity and a sense of ownership in each moment. Class begins with a visualization-based, improvisational warm-up then moves organically into learning material and structures based on company repertory. Students examine timing, spatial relationship, and focus to find honest personal connections, emotions and intention in their dancing, learning to trust their instincts, and bring freshness and truth to performance.

SITE-BASED AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT LECTURES/WORKSHOPS

LED BY HUMMEL

Cora believes dance belongs everywhere and is for everyone. Community and Site-Based workshop focus on how directly and deeply engaging with an environment and a community enliven an artist’s work and conversely,  how art can bring authentic positivity to places and people. Beyond the examination of site-based work in general, this workshop focuses on the importance of understanding the community in which you are developing work and the creation of real and lasting appreciation for and engagement with communities through art-making. 

LECTURES, TALKBACKS & OTHER OPPORTUNITIES TO ENGAGE

LED BY HUMMEL 

Hummel has been a guest speaker at countless colleges and universities throughout her career including Rutgers University, Washington & Lee University, James Madison University, University of Maryland/College Park, Marlboro College, Virginia Commonwealth University, Old Dominion University, Temple University, Point Park, among others. She has sat on many panels and been a guest speaker for such institutions as ADF/American Dance Festival, Mid-Atlantic ACDA/American College Dance Association, Movement Research, Abrons Arts Center, BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange, NYLA/New York Live Arts Fresh Tracks Series, among many others. Beyond speaking extensively about her professional work as a choreographer, educator and organizer with Cora Dance, she has lead lectures and discussions on such topics as Parenting in the Arts, Community Engagement, Developing Age Appropriate Curriculum, Helping Administrators Understand the Role of Arts in Education among other topics. She is always eager to listen in, lead, learn and participate in conversations where her experience can serve communities, students or the field of dance.