Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Cora Incorporated

  • Brooklyn, NY
  • www.coradance.org

Mission Statement

MISSION:
Through its company, school and studio, Cora creates exceptional dance experiences while addressing the impediments that restrict individuals from accessing the art form. Cora fosters common ground among diverse people, allowing all involved-artists, students, audiences and community members-to connect more deeply with one another through the arts.

Main Programs

  1. Cora Dance Company
  2. Cora School for Dance

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Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Red Hook and surrounding neighbohoods of Brooklyn, NY, New York, NY, and Virginia

ruling year

2002

Principal Officer since 1997

Self-reported

Shannon Hummel

Managing Director since 2014

Self-reported

Michelle Grazio

Keywords

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dance, arts, rural, education, community

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Also Known As

Cora Dance

EIN

11-3639921

 Number

4813888233

Physical Address

72 Van Dyke Street

Brooklyn, NY 11231

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Dance (A62)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Cora is Red Hook's only professional dance studio and company making the highest quality programming available within walking distance of the people of Red Hook. This "localness" of the school deepens the community feel while the professional company's constant work in celebrated universities and theaters outside the neighborhood brings new perspectives and global exposure into this intimate setting. :  Our demographics exactly reflect those of the neighborhood with 85% of our students on scholarship and 15% paying full tuition. We perform as much in the hallways and parks of public housing, sidewalks, streets and in neighborhood small businesses as we do on the stages of prestigious theaters. We are one of the only non-profits in Red Hook that successfully intersects the socio-economically divided parts of the community EVERY DAY, creating lasting bonds between children, families, artists and businesses throughout the community. Cora families constantly remark they would never know their neighbors (and the needs of their neighbors) if it were not for the daily interaction they have with them at Cora.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Cora Dance Company

Cora presents 10-20 evenings of dance annually, provides workshops and residences in rural communities, benefitting local communities, dancers and non-dancers alike.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$100,000

Program 2

Cora School for Dance

Cora School for Dance offers professionally taught, pay-what-you-can dance classes in its Red Hook home. Our programs take place after school Monday-Fridays from October–June, and primarily serve Red Hook youth, particularly students who attend PS15, PAVE Academy Charter School, Summit Academy Charter School, South Brooklyn Community High School among others. Headed by Shannon Hummel, Founding Artistic Director who has over 25 years of extensive teaching experience in New York City, Cora's six professional teaching artists are highly trained and possess a deep interest in working in underserved communities. Cora is committed to providing access to excellent arts experiences for everyone. With pay-what-you-can rates for all classes, no family is ever turned away based on what they can afford. Cora's highly qualified teaching artists offer 32 weeks of 1-1.5 hour long classes in Modern, Ballet, Hip-Hop, Improvisation and Composition to nearly 200 participants.
Additionally, as an extension of our education programs, Cora launched the Cora Youth Company in 2013. CYC is a FREE youth repertory company that includes advanced students ages 12-18. CYC provides pre-professional company experience to serious dancers and increases visibility in the community. In addition to 2 FREE hours per week of professional instruction, CYC families receive priority placement in Cora’s pay-what-you-can classes (most study dance 5-10 hours per week at Cora at little to no cost for the family); 5-10 performance opportunities annually; exposure to working with 2-3 professional choreographers and learning their repertory each year; significant mentorship and audition assistance toward securing their children’s acceptance into performing arts middle and high schools in the city; inclusion in special programs through Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Paul Taylor Dance Company for CYC students and their families; out-of-town touring and youth exchange opportunities; among other substantial engagement.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Adults

Budget

$100,000

Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Red Hook and surrounding neighbohoods of Brooklyn, NY, New York, NY, and Virginia

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Funding Needs

After 13 years as critically acclaimed professional dance company, in 2009 Shannon Hummel/Cora Dance took a huge step forward and opened a studio.  Cora School for Dance- the education initiative that has grown out of that studio- offers classes six days a week to students ages two through adult in Red Hook, Brooklyn.   Our PAY-WHAT-YOU-CAN tuition policy opens our doors to everyone regardless of of what they can or cannot pay and enables us to meet the financial challenges many families face in Red Hook, a socio-economically divided community.     Providing all of this ACCESS is costly.  In fact, our overhead is much higher than many studios because of the unique services we provided .  In a time when institutional funding is shrinking, your donation means more than ever.  Every dollar counts towards keeping these relevant and exciting programs alive.  Over 50% of our budget comes from individual contributions.  Help us continue to make Cora a place where ALL people can intersect and commune through art by making a tax-deductible contribution.

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Cora Incorporated

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Shannon Hummel

Managing Director

Michelle Grazio

BIO

Shannon Hummel received her degree in Dance from James Madison University. In 1997, Hummel formed CORA, a contemporary dance company performing her collaborative choreographic work. Hummel's choreography has since been presented in CA, MD, NJ, OK, PA, VA, DC, and WV and in NY by BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, BRIC/Brooklyn Information & Culture Studio, Dance Theater Workshop, dancenow downtown festival, Dixon Place, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, HERE Arts Center, New Dance Alliance, Joyce SoHo, The Mulberry Street Theater, Huntington Arts Festival, among many other venues. Hummel's work has been commissioned by Dance Theater Workshop/NY State Dance Force (NYC), Dixon Place/Mondo Cane! Commissioning Program (NYC), James Madison University (VA), Queensborough College (NYC), University of Maryland/College Park (MD), Shenandoah Contemporary Dance Theater (VA), BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange (NYC),Trillium Arts Collective (WV), thompson & trammell company (VA), Fernando Maneca (NYC), and Janie Brendel (NYC). Shannon Hummel/CORA has participated in community-based projects in Harrisonburg/Rockingham County, VA; Red Hook/Brooklyn, NY; Shepherdstown, WV; and Whitesburg, KY. Hummel has been a teaching artist in many public schools in New York City through Good Shepherd Services, Arts Connection and The Brooklyn Arts Exchange, and has been on the faculty of countless arts institutions. The company has performed and taught at a multitude of schools and universities throughout the US. Ms. Hummel currently is the Dance & Movement Specialist at the Poly Prep Lower School in Park Slope, Brooklyn.  Her extensive repertoire of work for young performers have been presented extensively in VA and WV and in NY by BAX, BRIC Studio, Dance Theater Workshop, DanceWave, Dancing in the Streets among other venues.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Marcia Smith

Partnership for After school Education

Term: July 2015 - June 2017

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?


ORGANIZATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS

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Gender
Race & Ethnicity
Sexual Orientation

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Disability

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Diversity Strategies
Yes
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
No
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
Yes
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
Yes
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
No
We have a diversity committee in place
No
We have a diversity manager in place
No
We have a diversity plan
No
We use other methods to support diversity