shannon hummel: ARTISTIC & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Shannon Hummel is a choreographer, arts educator and the Founding Artistic Director of Shannon Hummel/Cora Dance. Driven to create access to the arts for all people, she opened The Cora Studio in Red Hook, Brooklyn in 2009 as a home for her professional company and Cora Dance.
NICOLE AsSANTI: Professional company project manager & COMPANY ASSISTANT
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 taught at Cora Dance. Nicole is currently Shannon Hummel/Cora Dance Project Manager & Company Assistant, and a Resident Artist at Cora Dance. She 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.
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. He will also begin compositions for two new works with Cora - GROVE and Plus 1 - in 2019.
REBEKAH BONO: PROGRAMS MANAGER, FACULTY, YCP CO-DIRECTOR
Rebekah Bono is an instructor, administrator, and performer out of Brooklyn, NY. 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. Currently, Rebekah works full time at Cora Dance in Red Hook, Brooklyn as the Programs Manager, in-house modern and tap teacher, director of the JCYC/Junior Cora Youth Company, and rehearsal assistant/young professional in the Cora Apprentice Company. She is also a dancer in 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 cannot wait to work with your family!
KATIE DEAN: DANCER, graphic designer, Marketing Consultant
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 nine years.
destiny garland: ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
Destiny Garland is a Senior at Fort Hamilton High School. She has been studying dance at Cora Dance for the past 3 years and has been a member of the Tier 2 CYC/Cora Youth Company for two seasons. She is excited to join the administrative team this year in Cora’s new space as Administrative Assistant.
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. This is her first year as a faculty member for Cora Dance.
Katie Houff: Production Stage Manager
Katie Houff is currently the Production Stage Manager for Paul Taylor American Modern Dance and has worked production for ADF/American Dance Festival for 8 years. She has worked a variety of technical jobs for Cora Dance since 2014 including Technical Director, Project Manager and Stage Manager. She is a graduate of James Madison University with a degree in dance and was a member of the West Virginia Dance Company for two years.
JUliana KENWORTHY marsh: DANCER, FACULTY, YCP CO-DIRECTOR
Junie Kenworthy holds a BFA in dance choreography from Arizona State University. She has taught technique classes for the past 8 years including ballet, movement therapy and Ballroom Basic throughout NYC. 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 tour abroad with Vissi Dance Theater. Junie has been a teacher at Cora Dance since 2016. This is her 4th season teaching at Cora and her 2nd season as Co-Director of CYC/Cora Youth Company with Artistic Director Shannon Hummel.
Maria Kofman: COSTUME & SCENIC 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.
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. As the General Manager at Cora Dance, she is energized by the idea of combating the institutionalized structures that hold communities back from flourishing at their fullest potentials. Bora is excited to further cultivate cultural and political intersections that provide a platform for young, marginalized voices to be heard and celebrated.
Deanna Lynn Martinez: Operations & Events Manager
Deanna Lynn Martinez was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. She graduated from LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, and received her Bachelor of Arts in Dance and Africana & Puerto Rican/Latino Studies from Hunter College, as a Macaulay Honors Scholar. She trained abroad at Alambrado Danza in Florence, Italy, and performed internationally at the Tobago Contemporary Dance Festival. She has also worked with choreographers Troy Powell, Zvi Gotheiner, and Abby Zbikowski. Deanna is a member of Janice Rosario and Company, and has assisted with the company’s choreography at Columbia University and LaGuardia High School. Additionally, she previously worked as an international touring administrator at BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) and is currently a dance instructor for youth in Brooklyn. Deanna is excited to continue combining her interests in dance, diversity, and educational outreach as the Operations & Events Manager at Cora Dance.
NAHISHA McCOY: 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.
Bailie Schaefer: intern
Bailie is a Sophomore in high school at Poly Prep Country Day School and is excited to join the Cora administrative team this year as an Intern.
KATHERINE SING: PROGRAMS ASSISTANT
Katherine Sing is a Red Hook resident and Cora parent who is joining Cora Dance this fall 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 join the Cora team!
KEON WASHINGTON: FACULTY
Keon Washington (Dancer, Teacher) 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.
CORA DANCE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Robert Aberlin, Vanessa Adato (Secretary/Treasurer), Trequan Bekka, Severn Clay-Youman (Co-Chair), Ilya Feldsherov, John Foley-Murphy (Vice President), Mesha Laidlow, Nahisha McCoy (Co-Chair), Scott Pfaffman, Asha Rhodes-Meade, Christopher Sewell
JOIN CORA’S TEAM AS AN INTERN OR VOLUNTEER!
Cora Dance accepts high school, college, and post-grad interns interested in pursuing arts administration, production, arts education, marketing and media on a rolling basis. All interested candidates email General Manager Bora Yoon at email@example.com for more information on how to apply.
We are also always seeking volunteers to assist with events, promotion, development, maintenance, outreach and front desk staffing. To volunteer your time, email detailing Operations & Events Manager, Deanna Lynn Martinez at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for your interest in Cora!