3C/Cora Community Connections Residency

In 2019-2020, Cora Dance announces its 3C/Cora Community Connections Residency to provide up to 4 dance and performance-based artists and organizations with engagement opportunities and 150 hours of free rehearsal/development space over a year to evolve a process, develop a project and/or cultivate an artistic practice that directly connects with the youth, fellow Cora artists and/or community members living in Red Hook, Brooklyn. In addition to utilizing rehearsal space, 3C Resident Artists will take part in one (or more if desired) existing engagement opportunities that may include offering workshops, lectures or master classes; engaging as a Youth Company Program guest artist; presenting informal performances or open rehearsals; and/or participation in forums, conversations and platforms that inform the larger cultural and curricular focus of the organization. The 3C Residency seeks to engage artists with new approaches, training and experiences outside those regularly practiced within Cora’s current community, thereby broadening access to a wider range of practices and platforms. 3C values investment, process, invention, equity, and authentic relationship building. Residencies take place from August 10, 2019 through July 15, 2020. For information on how to apply, click HERE or write Production & Creative Support Manager, Nicole Assanti at nassanti@coradance.org.

2019-2020 3C/Cora Community Connections Artists-in-Residence

Falconworks Theater Company

Falconworks Theater Company

Maxine Lyle/ Soul Steps

Maxine Lyle/ Soul Steps

Cameron McKinney/ Kizuna Dance

Cameron McKinney/ Kizuna Dance

In 2019-2020, Cora Dance announces its 3C/Cora Community Connections Residency to providing 3 dance and performance-based artists and organizations with a home base to develop this work, evolve a process, create a project while connecting directly with the youth, fellow Cora artists and community members living in Red Hook, Brooklyn. This year’s 3C Artists-in-Residence are Falconworks Theater Company, Maxine Lyle/SoulSteps and Cameron McKinney/Kizuna Dance. 3C Resident Artists will take part in engagement opportunities that include offering episodic workshops, lectures or master classes; engaging as a guest artist in the Cora Youth Company programs; presenting informal performances and open rehearsals; and participating in forums, conversations and platforms that inform the larger cultural and curricular focus of the organization. Stay tuned for announcements about their work with Cora and throughout the city season. Learn more about them below.

Falconworks Theater Company


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Falconworks Theater Company is an award-winning theater company based in Red Hook for over 15 years. Their mission is to empower individuals and communities through theater workshops that cultivate participants’ ability to tell their and their communities’ stories directly to diverse local audiences. Uniting these sometimes-disparate groups, Falconworks engenders local residents with a renewed sense of community and educates them about local issues that affect them all.

Falconworks will use the 3C residency to brainstorm, develop, and execute several three-day workshops in Forum Theater. Forum Theater is one of the pillars of Theater of the Oppressed pedagogy. A short play or scene with an oppressive situation is shown twice; during the re-play, audience members are encouraged to intervene on behalf of one of the oppressed characters in order to change the scenario in some way. Visit their website to learn more.

Maxine Lyle / Soul Steps

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Soul Steps speaks the language of rhythm.  Founded in 2005 by Maxine Lyle, the company is based in the NY-NJ area and showcases the African-American dance tradition known as “stepping” (not to be confused with Irish step dance!). Their mission is to expand the presence of stepping throughout the world while creating avenues for cultural exchange and awareness among diverse communities. Step started among African-American fraternities and sororities on college campuses as a means of unity and self-expression, and has deep roots in the migrant labor culture of South African gold mines. For close to a century, step dancers have used their bodies as percussive instruments to create a new physical language that inspires, celebrates and forges community. Soul Steps brings this explosive art form to the stage in a high-energy performance that combines percussive movement, hip-hop rhythms, and call and response. Their performances, residencies, and educational programming are suitable for all ages. From school workshops in Brooklyn, to partnerships with U.S. Embassies throughout the world, to a cameo in an indie rock band video, Soul Steps embraces every opportunity to expose diverse communities to the magnetism and dynamic power of step.

Soul Steps is currently pushing the boundaries of step through the development of a major theatrical production that places step dance at the center of its narrative. We are developing a full, two-act musical titled, STEP SHOW: THE MUSICAL, which examines the birth and significance of step among African-American youth and the relationship between step and racial identity. We confront themes of race, class, gender, and colorism, all while placing a female heroine at the center of the story. This work has been a labor of love for many years and we are at a point in the development of the work where we need space to workshop choreography as we prepare for an exciting year ahead. In the 2019-2020 season we will be sharing the work with the general public and influential members of the NY theater industry for the first time. Visit their website to learn more.

Cameron McKinney / Kizuna Dance


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Kizuna Dance is an international repertory ensemble that blends streetdance with contemporary floorwork to create dances that celebrate the Japanese culture. The company has performed nationally and internationally at prestigious institutions and festivals such as The Japan Society, Performatica, the Let’s Dance International Frontiers Festival, Middlebury Institute for International Studies, Gibney Dance, and Movement Research, among many others. In July 2019, the company had its French premier at the International Choreographic Festival of Blois on the National Stage, "La Halle aux Grains" in Blois, France. The company will travel to Japan in Summer 2020 to perform alongside renowned Japanese choreographer Toru Shimazaki’s company Dance Barbizon in showcases for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. Committed to outreach, the company engages with every tour location it enters, connecting with community members through post-show discussions, lecture demonstrations, open rehearsals, and masterclasses. Kizuna Dance has lead workshops and residencies in fifteen states and internationally in Japan, Mexico, France, and the UK. Kizuna Dance was founded by Artistic Director Cameron McKinney, whose work has been recognized through fellowships from the U.S.-Japan Friendship Commission, the Alvin Ailey Foundation, the Asian Cultural Council, and through commissions from numerous institutions across the country and abroad.

The company will be focused on multiple projects while in residence at Cora Dance. We will be rehearsing current repertory works in preparation for evening-length shows in New England this fall and in spring 2020. We will also be commissioning an emerging choreographer to set a new work on the company in 2020. Finally, Artistic Director Cameron McKinney will be resetting a new work on the company that he will create in collaboration with Japanese choreographer Toru Shimazaki in Spring 2020. The company will then travel to Japan for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games to perform this work in various showcases. Visit their website to learn more.