Wednesday, July 3, 2019

RESIDENCY: 3C/Cora Community Connections Residency

Cora Dance

ABOUT THE 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.

ABOUT CORA DANCE: Cora Dance is an equity-focused dance education and performance-based arts center in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Cora is home to the professional company Shannon Hummel/Cora Dance, a pay-what-you-can school for dance serving over 300 students annually and in-depth Youth Company Programs which provide wraparound services, access to professional choreographers and quality training free of charge. Focused on individualized engagement with its community members, Cora offers meaningful arts experiences while addressing impediments that restrict many low-income people from gaining access. No one is every turned away from a Cora performance or educational program based on what or if they can pay. 

ABOUT THE COMMUNITY: The neighborhood of Red Hook, Brooklyn in which Cora resides - an inspiring, vibrant and engaged community of families, artists, artisans and activists - possesses a long history and practice of art and social justice work merging to have lasting effects on residents. Nearly 80% of Red Hook’s residents live in the Red Hook Houses, the 2nd largest NYCHA public housing community in NYC. Hip hop, reggae, dancehall, step and social dance are alive and well here and a multitude of community gatherings, celebrations and non-profit functions - both Cora’s and many others - provide numerous platforms for youth, families and local leadership to commune through dance, music, food and fellowship. The waterfront area surrounding the Red Hook Houses - long a hub for maritime activity and populated by a diverse group of artists and makers seeking affordable, isolated space to create - is changing quickly as new wealth and development rapidly enters the area. Cora Dance is a rare hub where all these “Red Hooks” meet and commune under one roof. Our student and artist population reflects the demographics of the area. Nearly 70% of our students, audience and event attendees name Red Hook Houses as their home while 15% reside in the surrounding waterfront area. The remaining community 10-15% commute in from all parts of NYC and beyond. 

Between August 10, 2019 and July 15, 2020, each selected artist is provided with the following:

- 150 hours of free rehearsal space at Cora Dance at 358 Van Brunt Street in Red Hook, Brooklyn. The studio is an 800 square foot unobstructed rehearsal space with sprung Marley floor, floor to ceiling mirrors with curtains to cover, sound system (bluetooth and aux cord accessible), and climate control. Adjacent lounge areas (both indoor and outdoor), changing area and bathrooms with shower are available for artists use. The studio, lounge and bathroom facilities are located on the ground floor and are ADA accessible. Limited storage is available to resident artists at no charge, however, storage facilities are located on the basement level, which is not ADA accessible. (NOTE:  The studio is generally available around the clock in July, August, the last two weeks of December and over public school holidays. September-June, space is available 7am-2pm and 8pm-11pm Monday - Thursday and 3pm-11pm Saturday and Sunday. With the exception of Cora’s education and performance program bookings, resident artists receive priority booking.) 

- Two formal one-on-one consultations with Cora Dance Artistic Director, Shannon Hummel and additional informal consultations as desired/availability allows to support artists in achieving artistic, community engagement and administrative/infrastructural goals. 

- A meet-and-greet artist exchange day on Saturday, September 21, 12-6pm between 3C residents, Cora artists and faculty, Youth Company Program members, Cora Dance staff and board.

Applicant requirements:

- At least 5 years of experience developing work and artistic practice in NYC and/or surrounding areas outside of a college or university dance program.

 - Authentic desire to utilize one’s artmaking practice to engage with, be transformed by and create lasting connections with Red Hook community members, particularly its youth, in a space celebrating may definitions of dance. 

- Applicants must have presented/demonstrated their work in a public forum that represents their practice (teaching a workshop, presenting choreographic work in performance, leading a lecture or roundtable, etc.) at least once professionally in the past two years. 

All backgrounds, techniques and disciplines of dance and movement-based performance are encouraged to apply.

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3C/Cora Community Connections Residency Application:

Submit an email with “3C RESIDENCY” and your name in the subject line to Production & Creative Support Manager, Nicole Assanti at by Friday, July 19, 2019 at 4pm. Additionally, you must submit a $20 application fee (see instructions below). Please attach the following as a PDF to your email:

1: CONTACT INFO: Include full name, address, phone number and email. If applying as an organization/dance company, list the name and address of the company with the contact person, their title, phone number and email where they can be easily reached.

2: ARTISTIC STATEMENT: Describe briefly your artistic practice as it relates to the residency description. This may be your formal artistic statement or more informal description related to your vision, voice or process. (500 words max)

3: BIO/RESUME: A current bio (500 words max) and single-page resume.

4: USE OF RESIDENCY: Describe how you would use this residency and what you hope to develop/achieve. This may be a completing a work, exploring a process, curriculum or methodology of instruction or something else depending on applicant. (500 words max)

5: COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT: Cora is heavily involved in programs that provide people often restricted due to lack of means with a direct link to professional artists and their work. 3C Artists are required to engage with the Cora community through at least 1 (more if desired by the 3C artist) of the following existing opportunities. Please list which you would be most interested in engaging in:

--Presenting excerpts or full works at an existing Cora event (Youth Company Program concerts, student concert, professional company concerts, cultivation events, benefits, etc.)

--Open rehearsals for the community

--Inclusion of youth and community members in the presentation and/or development of original work

--Teaching an ongoing weekly class (4-32 weeks)    

--Teaching a single or episodic master class to our Youth Company Program students 

--Leading a lecture, discussion forum or workshop 

--Guest choreographing for a Youth Company Program ensemble (either once weekly for 4-6 weeks in a 1-2 hour rehearsal period or during a weekend intensive.)

--Participate in/develop forums, conversations and platforms that inform the larger cultural and/or curricular focus of the organization

--If applicable, please list any other ways in which you desire to engage with the community.  

6. AVAILABILITY: Please explain, in general, your preferred times to rehearse during the available rehearsal hours. (NOTE:  The studio is generally available around the clock in July, August, the last two weeks of December and over public school holidays. September-June, space is available 7am-2pm and 8pm-11pm Monday - Thursday and 3pm-11pm Saturday and Sunday. With the exception of Cora’s education and performance program bookings, resident artists will receive priority booking during these times.) 

7: WORK SAMPLES: Provide up to 3 links to work samples from the past 3 years that you feel best represent you in relationship to this application. Depending on the applicant, this may be performance work, teaching work, facilitation or some other platform that indicates an applicant’s experience in artistic practice and community engagement. TOTAL running time for work samples should be 10 minutes or less. 

8. SAMPLE DESCRIPTIONS: List a brief description (100 words or less) and any appropriate work sample credits to give context to the panel. Include any necessary instructions for viewing.


Please submit all the requested info listed above plus a $20 application fee online by Friday, July 19 at 4pm. Application or fees received after this time will not be considered. 

 - SUBMITTING REQUESTED INFO: Please email info as a PDF attachment to Production & Creative Support Manager, Nicole Assanti at no later than Friday, July 19 at 4pm. Please indicate in the body of the email the method you plan to use to make submission fee payment.

 - SUBMITTING FEE: The $20 fee may be made by cash, check or credit/debit card in our office at 358 Van Brunt Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231. Checks, earmarked “3C Residency” may also be mailed to this address. Applicants may call our office at 718-858-2520 to pay by credit card over the phone. 

Selected artists will be notified by Friday, August 9, 2019. For questions or further info regarding this application, please contact Cora's office at 718-858-2520 or email Production & Creative Support Manager Nicole Assanti at 


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