WE ARE HIRING! JOIN CORA’S TEAM!
Cora Dance is currently hiring for the following positions. Click on each job title for more information:
HIP HOP INSTRUCTORS: Accepting Applications through July 19, 2019.
PROGRAMS & FACILITIES ASSISTANT: Accepting applications through August 16, 2019.
INTERSHIPS: Cora Dance accepts high school, college, and post-grad INTERNS interested in pursuing arts administration, production, arts education, marketing and media on an ongoing basis. Those interested in an internship or in volunteering email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Thank you for your interest!
shannon hummel: FOUNDER & ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Shannon Hummel is a professional choreographer, arts educator, arts advocate and the Founding Artistic Director of Cora Dance. Hummel established her celebrated professional company, Shannon Hummel/Cora Dance, in 1998; its pay-what-you-can school for dance/education arm in Red Hook, Brooklyn in 2009; and spearheaded the establishment of a permanent home for the organization in 2018. Driven to create access to the arts for all people, she opened the Cora Dance studio in Red Hook, Brooklyn in 2009 as a home for her professional company and Cora Dance.
LEAD ADMIN TEAM
Bora grace yoon: general manager
Bora Yoon is a New York based arts administrator and movement artist. She graduated from University of California, Los Angeles with a BA in World Arts & Cultures/Dance. Both artistically and administratively, her work investigates how sociopolitical climates directly affect the arts sector. She has been the General Manager at Cora Dance since 2019 and is energized by the organization’s work of combating the institutionalized structures that hold communities back from flourishing at their fullest potentials. As General Manager, Bora manages HR, Development and Financial Management and is the leader of the administrative team as well as institutional liaison to the Board of Directors. She is excited to further cultivate cultural and political intersections that provide a platform for young, marginalized voices to be heard and celebrated and is in her second season at Cora Dance in 2019-2020.
KATHERINE SING: PROGRAMS & facilities administrator
Katherine Sing is a Red Hook resident and Cora parent who joined the Cora Dance in the fall of 2018 as the Programs Assistant. She has worked as the Program Coordinator for Equitable Communities, a non-for-profit company founded by John Kent to bring early financial literacy to children and their families, at the P.S.15 site since 2017. During her time with Equitable Communities she facilitated workshops within P.S.15 and devised strategies to engage students and families in the importance of early financial literacy. Katherine volunteered her time as an administrative assistant at Avalon Red Hook working in early childhood education from 2014-2016. At P.S.15, Katherine served as the 2017-2018 PTA Secretary and the 2018-2019 PTA Co-President. Since 2010 she's also devoted her time as PTA coach and volunteer at PAVE Academy Charter School. Katherine has developed a love for volunteering/working with children, families and the community throughout the past 7 years and is excited to now be the 2019-2020 Programs & Facilities Manager of Cora Dance, serving as a direct link between Cora’s families, community partners and the organization.
NICOLE AsSANTI: ProDUCTION & CREATIVE SUPPORT MANAGER
Nicole Assanti is a Brooklyn-based dance artist. She has a BFA in Dance from the University of Florida, where she studied with artists such as Tzveta Kassabova, Nita Little, Pat Graney, and raja feather kelly. In 2015, she was the Choreographer-in-Residence at the Harn Museum of Art in Gainesville, Florida, where she made dances in conversation with the museum’s collections and unique architecture. Since living in NYC, Nicole has performed works by JoAnna Mendl Shaw and Brit Falcon, among other artists. She has been a Teaching Artist at BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange for their Youth Arts Program, and has taught at Cora Dance. Nicole creates movement-based work with her company Nikki and The Noise which has been presented in venues such as Center for Performance Research, Triskelion Arts and Cora Dance. Most recently, Nicole co-directed and choreographed Corina Corina’s ‘Toothbrush’ music video. Nicole continues to create work with Nikki and The Noise, in addition to collaborating with local artists. She was the 2018-2019 Professional Company Assistant for Cora Dance before taking on the new role of Production & Creative Support Manager.
NAHISHA McCOY: lead volunteer and OUTREACH associate
Nahisha McCoy, Cora's Lead Volunteer & Outreach Head, is the mother of three sons, a published author, and a long-time resident of Red Hook Houses. Nahisha is very active in the Red Hook Community, working with many non-profit and service organizations as a volunteer and advocate. She has long been a part of Cora as a parent and board member and is also a member of the Board of Directors for Falconworks Theatre Group
ARTISTS, FACULTY & CREATIVE TEAM
HANS BILGER: COMPOSER
Hans Bilger is a bassist, songwriter, and composer originally from Brooklyn, NY, currently residing in Austin TX. He grew up performing country and bluegrass music at local cafés and churches with his family band, the Charismatic Megafauna. He later pursued formal training in jazz and classical music, studying with Greg Cohen (Ornette Coleman, Tom Waits) and Axel Scherka of the Staatskapelle Berlin. Since moving to Austin, Texas in 2016, he has spent his time performing, recording, and touring the US and Europe with the bands Odell Fox, Airborne Charlie, and various other projects. Bilger is currently recording a solo album—to be released in spring 2019—for the label Good Child Music in Brooklyn with engineer/producer Alessandra Roubini and GCM founder Lawson White. Bilger is fascinated by the natural world as well as music. While studying biology at Yale University, he co-authored a study on aesthetic structure in birdsong with the evolutionary ornithologist Dr. Richard Prum and wrote Aviary, a piece that uses songbird songs as raw material for a series of improvisatory and through-composed movements. This fall, he joined the labs of Drs. Julia Clarke and Michael Ryan at UT Austin to start a PhD on the evolution of bird vocalization and auditory perception. He is the composer of the original score for choreographer Shannon Hummel/Cora Dance’s 2018 production of gifts and the re-composition of her 2006 work Elsewhere which will be performed by the SH/CD Apprentice Company in 2019. Hans will also begin compositions for new works with Cora in the 2019-2020 Season: GROVE, a new work by the professional company and a reworking of sound from the 2009 work, Elsewhere, which will be restaged on the Apprentice Company in December 2019.
REBEKAH BONO: DANCE EDUCATION SUPERVISOR, Dancer, FACULTY, YCP CO-DIRECTOR
Rebekah Bono is Brooklyn, NY based instructor, administrator, and performer. She graduated from James Madison University in 2017 with a degree in dance. During that time, she performed in and/or showed choreographic works in over 18 dance concerts, co-directed the Associate Dance Ensemble, and choreographed for the main stage musical "Guys and Dolls". She has been teaching dance of all genres to students of all ages and skill sets for the past 8 years in various studios, workshops, and intensive settings. Rebekah has worn many hats since joining Cora’s team in 2017. She has been an intern through James Madison University’s Independent Study Program in partnership with Cora. She was the Programs Manager from 2017-2019 as well as a beloved faculty member and dancer with the Apprentice Company. In 2019-2020, Rebekah will begin a new roll at Cora, serving as Dance Education Supervisor and Lead Faculty, working closely with Artistic Director Shannon Hummel to ensure excellence of programming both on and off-site and provide additional support to the faculty. As well as continuing to teach at Cora (Modern, Step, Tap and Satellite Programs) Rebekah is also a 2019-2020 YCP Co-Director (Tier 1) and as dancer with the professional company for the first time this season. Rebekah is a dancer and rehearsal assistant for Soul Steps, directed by Maxine Lyle, a professional step group that performs and teaches step and step histories in schools, colleges, and showcases around the country since 2017. Rebekah has a strong passion for arts education and looks forward to her new roles at Cora and more opportunities to engage with artists and families.
KATIE DEAN: DANCER, graphic designer
Katie Dean is a performer and graphic designer. She has performed in New York with visual artists and choreographers Phoebe Berglund, Kim Brandt, Xavier Cha, Jessica Cook, Ayano Elson, Jennifer Harge, Megan Harrold/ Inimois Dance, Ivy Baldwin Dance, Julie Mayo, Melanie McLain, Phoebe Osborne, Shannon Hummel/ Cora Dance, Nadia Tykulsker, Hannah Walsh, and Rebekah Windmiller, in collaborative work with Heather Bregman, Jake Dibeler, and Alaina Stamatis, and in a video by Mia Lidofsky and Celia Rowlson-Hall. She has performed at spaces including MOMA PS1, the Guggenheim Museum, the New Museum, the Jam Handy (Detroit), the Queens Museum, and other spaces, and has performed her own work in Philly and New York. Her work can be found at katiedeanperformance.com. She has danced with SH/CD for n years.
Elyssa Dole: Faculty
Elyssa Dole is a former professional ballet dancer and is currently the Community Director of NationSwell. She began dancing early and enrolled at the San Francisco Ballet School studying Vaganova ballet technique at the age of 13. At age 16, she auditioned for the Vaganova Ballet Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia and was granted a rare opportunity to experience Russian culture through ballet during the Yeltsin era and during the infancy of the Internet age. Curious about how culture and tradition meets social change through art, Elyssa moved to NYC where she danced professionally for 10 years while continuing to study modern and contemporary techniques, African and Indian dance, Flamenco and the martial art of Capoeira. After graduating Barnard College, she became increasingly invested in the works she was a part of and began taking on managerial roles within projects. She began applying to business schools with a goal to better support creative pursuits and improve the business models for the causes she cared about. She was accepted to NYU Stern School of Business, where she studied statistics, accounting, microeconomics, finance and innovation for social impact. She holds an MBA from Stern School of Business and is an Innovation Fellow at Nike Foundation. She has written and published many articles on transitioning from her role as a professional ballet dancer into the world of business and the importance of creativity in fields beyond the arts. She is in her second year of teaching at Cora Dance and will be teaching Advanced Beginner Ballet and Pre-Pointe in the 2019-2020 Season.
CHARISMA GLASPER: FACULTY
Charisma Glasper, a native New Yorker, trained during her early years at the The Ailey School and Harlem School of the Arts. She attended Professional Performing Arts High School in Times Square, while training during the summers at Joffrey Ballet. Charisma completed her BFA at Purchase Conservatory of Dance. Having other passions in fashion, film and performance art, after graduating, since graduating, Charisma has modeled in Vogue Italia’s “NY ‘Voguers’ project” and for Marc Jacobs hybrid watch collection launch, appearing on websites and billboards in Tokyo, Japan and Melrose Ave in California. In 2017 Charisma performed for ESPN’s upfront show at the Minskoff Theatre. She posed alongside her fellow ColemanCollective directors for ElleUSA Magazine’s January 2017 issue, featuring emerging NYC Arts Companies. Charisma, along with Cain Coleman and Matthew Perez, is a founder and creative director of multidisciplinary performing arts company ColemanCollective, which aims to bring together artists as equal collaborators. This group features choreographers, dancers, actors, writers, visual artists, musicians, and artistic creators who seek to share and produce through unconventional creative partnerships. Performance, Education, and Collaboration are the collective’s three pillars. Charisma has worked with NYC public schools and nonprofit organizations to ensure the arts and knowledge of the arts through dance remain in NYC inner city schools and communities. She has creative directed and curated programs featuring the arts in LGBT communities.
Maxine lyle: faculty
Maxine Lyle is a 2019-2020 faculty member at Cora Dance, teaching Step. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Williams College, where she co-founded Sankofa, the Williams College step team, and has a Master of Fine Arts degree in Theatrical Management and Producing from Columbia University School of the Arts. She has been a teaching artist and dancer for over ten years, specializing in the African American percussive dance known as “step.” She began stepping at the age of seven in her hometown of Newark, New Jersey and has been performing ever since. She is the Founder and Artistic Director of Soul Steps, LLC, a New York City-based step dance company that uses rhythm as a language to connect with and inspire young people. She has produced several plays and has also directed a youth theatre ensemble in Newark with the All Stars Project of New Jersey. She is currently a teaching artist with The Leadership Program where she uses step as a vehicle to develop leadership skills among young people. She has been a 2017-2018 Guest Artist in Cora Dance’s YCP Program where she created the work I AM STEP and begins her first year as a member of Cora’s faculty in 2019-2020/
JUlianNa marsh: DANCER, FACULTY, YCP student liason
Junie Kenworthy holds a BFA in dance choreography from Arizona State University. She has taught technique classes for the past 10 years in NYC including ballet, movement therapy and Ballroom Basics. Her career as a performer has allowed her to work and perform with companies such as Delfos Danza Contemporanea of Mazatlan, Pilobolus Dance Theater, Kennedy Dancers, Kathleen Dyer with KDNY, and touring abroad with Vissi Dance Theater. Junie has been a teacher at Cora Dance since 2016. This is her 4th season teaching at Cora. She was a Co-Director of YCP/Youth Company Programs Tier 1 and 2 in 2017-2018 and Co-Director of Tier 2 in 2018-2019. This season she will continue as the Lead Ballet teacher at Cora and begin a new role in the YCP Program as Student Liason, providing social-emotional support to students and families and additional oversight support to the Program Directors. This is Junie’s 1st Season dancing with the professional company, Shannon Hummel/Cora Dance, in the company’s new work in development, GROVE.
Maria Kofman: COSTUME DESIGNER
Maria Kofman is a Brooklyn based costume designer and multimedia artist. She has shown work at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam, Netherlands, and the 41 Cooper Square Gallery in New York City and appeared in performances at the Dixon Place Theater, 41 Cooper Square Gallery and 7 East 7th Street in NYC. In addition to individual costume design and fashion projects, she is a Wardrobe Assistant for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. This is her second season as costume designer for Cora Dance.
KELSEY KRAMER: DANCER
Kelsey Kramer is a Brooklyn-based mover, maker, administrator, and dance advocate. Originally from Virginia, Kelsey holds a B.A. in Dance and Communications from James Madison University. Since moving to New York, Kelsey has worked with choreographers and artists LuisaInnesFree Dance, Emily Kohl Mattingley, KIT District, Eric Gotshall, and Shannon Hummel/Cora Dance. Kelsey is half of JACKS - a moving, making duo with collaborator Lexie Thrash. The two recently collaborated on a film which premiered in November 2018 with artists Allistair Johnson, Emily Kohl Mattingley, Mika Mintz, and Amber Schmeissing. Currently, she works as Program Associate at the Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Change at the 92nd Street Y and is a member of Dance/NYC's Junior Committee (JComm). This is her third year as a dancer with Cora Dance. She performed in her first work with the professional company, gifts, in January 2019 and will return in the work in November 2019 as well as dancing in the company’s new work in development, Grove, which will preview in February 2020.
KEON WASHINGTON: FACULTY
Keon Washington is a New York City native, who has been dancing and performing for nine years. Once he gained an interest in dance, he began training in Hip Hop and other styles with some of the best teachers in New York City, such as Robert Cecil Brooks III, Amanda Pope, and the late Maurice C. Dean. Throughout high school and post-graduation Keon began realizing his love of training dancers as well as performing. To further cultivate his skill set as a teacher, dancer and choreographer, he began working alongside his mentor Amanda Pope as a teaching assistant at Lower Manhattan Arts Academy, Harlem School of the Arts, Amanda Pope Dance Company and Chimera Concept dance team. Currently, Keon is a teaching artist at the Harlem School of the Arts, Aubrey Lynch-Extra Essential Arts (AL-EEArts), and Cora Dance, where he has been a teacher since 2016. He will be teaching the Advanced Hip Hop Levels 4 and 5 at Cora Dance in the 2019-2020 Season.
CORA DANCE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
OFFICERS: Danielle Vidals, President; Vanessa Adato, Secretary & Treasurer; John Foley-Murphy, Vice President
MEMBERS: Robert Aberlin, Trequan Bekka, Severn Clay-Youman, Ilya Feldsherov, Mesha Laidlow, Nahisha McCoy, Scott Pfaffman, Asha Rhodes-Meade, Christopher Sewell
Banner photo credit: Chastity Cortijo. Board members pictured in page banner: Back row: L to R: Foley-Muprhy, Clay-Youman, Pfaffman, Bekka. Front row L to R: Artistic Director, Shannon Hummel, Laidlow, Adato, McCoy.