CORA DANCE MASTER CLASSES, LECTURES & 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 Managing Director, Asha Rhodes-Meade at arhodesmeade@coradance.org or call 718-858-2520.


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TECHNIQUE, IMPROV, PERFORMANCE

LED BY HUMMEL & COMPANY MEMBERS

Based on the company’s diverse performer-driven style of creating and affecting material, this class focuses on making strong, authentic performance choices. Whether performing highly physical, virtuosic movement or nuanced, subtle gestures, dancers are challenged to transition seamlessly between these states with authenticity, clarity and a sense of ownership in each moment. Class begins with a visualization-based, improvisational warm-up - taking inventory of and embracing the present - 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 & COMPANY MEMBERS

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 for countless colleges and universities throughout her career including Rutgers University, Washington & Lee University, James Madison University, University of Maryland/College Park. She has sat on many panels and been a guest speaker for such institutions as ADF/American Dance Festival, Mid-Atlantic ACDF/American College Dance Festival, Movement Research, 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 or participate in conversations where her experience can serve communities, students or the field of dance in general.