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I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE YOU ON THE DANCE FLOOR!
The most important things to me: Connection, Communication, Community, and Heart. And that is, in the big picture, exactly what dance and music are.
I live to see happy glances, smiling faces, romantic gazes, and raucous laughter on my dance floor! I love getting to know each of my clients, hearing your stories, and finding out what dance will do for each of you. In my studio, no one is "just" a client- you're a part of the Cori-ography Family! I'd love to meet you and talk about you dance needs and goals and see how i can help!
If you’ve ever wandered by my studio, you may have noticed I don’t have a regular waiting room area. It looks more like a living room. Because it is.
My clients aren’t just any ‘clients’, they’re a part of the Cori-ography family.
And if my studio feels warm like home, it’s all thanks to those guys. I live to see happy glances, smiling faces, romantic gazes, and raucous laughter on my dance floor! I love people. Hearing my clients’ stories, seeing them figure out how to move together for the first time, figuring out how to reach each one of them, learning what dance and music have helped them overcome or accomplish…all of these fascinating and oh so different lives and personalities all coming together on the dance floor for a song…it lights up my mind and heart!
Dancing isn’t about just dance and music…it’s so much more.
My mission is to help people get everything they can out of dance. Whether it’s reconnecting to a long time partner over or just spending more quality time together; disconnecting more from work and technology and connecting more to people and themselves; de-stressing and remembering who matters during the stress of wedding planning; feeling more confident and comfortable; meeting new people and enjoying belonging to a community; getting the rush of endorphins from activity; or finding an expressive outlet through music and dance. That’s what I want for people.
My Dance & Teaching Philosophy
For me, the most important things in life and business are Connection, Communication, Community, and Heart. And that is, in the big picture, exactly what dance and music are.
People ask what kind of dance I teach. I don’t tell them that I teach Ballroom or Latin or that I teach Argentine Tango and Salsa. I do- and ALL of those styles are awesome (you should definitely try them all out)- but I have a much more important answer to that question.
I tell them I teach Social and Partner Dance.
Sometimes I get a quizzical look like “…what’s the difference?”, or more often, “what is that?” And the answers to those questions don’t lie in a definition of style- they are, by definition, about purpose.
The entire purpose of social dance is to create belonging and that gives us each a stronger sense of community.
Race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, talent, flexibility, income, weight etc- none of those have any say in the community of a social dance floor. When one appreciates social dancing, we ask more people to dance and feel more comfortable being welcoming and inclusive to new members. We share more experiences with total strangers or our loved ones.
It’s not about competition. It’s not about being the best or perfect. It’s about being comfortable. It’s about showing up and being in the moment. Something we could all manage to do a little bit more for a happier life.
Partner dance is the particular language of that community and the conversations we have.
And as partners become more fluent in the language of follow and lead and musicality, they create more and more beautiful and enjoyable experiences and have more interesting conversations with each other on the floor. Partner dance makes us better as individuals and in relationship to other people.
It teaches us compassion, intuition, trust, attention to detail, and compromise.
Sounds like magic. I call it the art of non-verbal communication. And while it’s not quite magic- it’s really cool once you figure out how to use it and is, at the very least, quite a magical experience.
There was a time where dancing was very much a social activity, a bonding experience we would all use to connect and communicate with other strangers and to expand our community. And at some point, as pop culture changed, about 4 decades ago, we lost sight of how many wonderful things partner dancing was really doing for our culture and our society. We lost that social bond. And the farther we got from it, the more we started seeing dancing as a performance art only, and the more uncomfortable people became with the idea of having to dance themselves because the more like a performance it started to feel. Dance can teach people a sense of confidence, attentiveness, comfort, and excitement we are often missing in our daily lives and that is what will make someone look and feel good while dancing!
My mission is to help people get everything they can out of dance. Whether it’s reconnecting to a long time partner over or just spending more quality time together; disconnecting more from work and technology and connecting more to people and themselves; feeling more confident and comfortable; meeting new people and enjoying belonging to a community; getting the rush of endorphins from activity; or finding an expressive outlet through music and dance. That’s what I want for people.
Dancing is such a personal experience- I believe that means teaching it has to be just as personalized!
In order to get the wide array of benefits back into people’s lives, however, partner dance has to become much more accessible in the way we learn in! I believe that the key to communication is not what someone says, it’s what the other person heard. With that in mind, HOW we communicate is almost more important than WHAT we’re saying because the message will never be understood without the how. (That same philosophy carries over into your Leading skills, by the way, so keep that in mind when you start taking classes with me- it will help immensely to improve your lead!) And so, I don’t believe in one brand of delivery or a single one-fits-all curriculum when it comes to teaching any style or skill. Dance is SO personal- the experience, the expression- and I firmly believe it has to be taught in a way that respects that.
Each person’s sense of connection and movement will be totally unique to them and so I work with each of my students to figure out the best and the quickest way to help them absorb a new concept into their body and mind so that they feel maximum comfort and progress. As adults, learning a new skill can be really difficult. Particularly one that requires muscle memory or coordination AND especially one that many of us have already emotionally labeled as awkward, uncomfortable, impossible, or totally foreign. When I hear someone say “I have two left feet” it breaks my heart a little. That’s a phrase we learned to use as a reason to not even try and to limit ourselves to what we can do. EVERYONE can dance. You’re not opening for the New York City Ballet or competing on Dancing With The Stars tomorrow and there’s no panel of judges on the edge of every occasion to dance. So my teaching style addresses my client’s comfort zones, assesses their unique learning and communication style, and structures around whatever realistic goals they might have to transition them into a place where they’re open to learning and become more comfortable with dance. I teach so that every move should feel good. And it’s the feeling your body will walk away with and build on as you continue to get better at movement!
I lived a life of music and dance and I think it’s fair to say it’s in my blood. I was shaking my diapered butt to steel drums in the Caribbean before I could really walk (actually shortly after shaking my butt to the island music I may have taken a little horizontal trip down some stairs- grace only works while dancing).
Even through my most difficult times (and I’ve had some doozies!), I found my own identity, self worth, and confidence through music, dance, and communication. Beyond my passion for it, my own experiences and seeing first hand what a difference the arts can make for people has been a gift. One that has allowed me to be aware of how uncomfortable dance and music can feel for many who aren’t familiar with it; and one that has enabled me to use so many tools to make the benefits more accessible and find ways to create the comfort in learning it.
I began my study of partner dance a decade ago while living in Buenos Aires to study the Argentine Tango for my thesis. What became clear to me through Tango, was that my fascination was not just with the multitude of styles of partner dances across cultures, but that they all had something in common – connection. When I returned to the States, I began my career in professional ballroom dancing and continued to study as many styles as I could with a particular interest in improvisational social styles like Salsa, Argentine, and Hip Hop fusion. After transitioning out of the competitive world, it was clear to me that my love of dance lay in understanding Social and Partner Dancing.
Regardless of how many styles I was learning, my focus was truly on understanding connection and how people use energy to communicate movements to each other and create all these different styles.
I’ve had a pretty cool life over the last decade.
Filled with fascinating experiences, people and creativity.
I’ve had the privilege of opening for the Dancing With The Stars tour, dancing around the world, and working with people of all ages to introduce the joy of dance and teach the art of connection.
Dance and music just have an endless world of benefits available to people who are willing to invite them into their lives.
And my mission is to be that delivery service and your personal envoy to that magic.
"Cori is... The Bomb."
-All my clients if you ask them