Cora Cliburn in "Yours is Mine" with Post:Ballet

Cora Cliburn

Dance Artist // San Francisco, CA


About Me

Cora Cliburn is an interdisciplinary dance artist interested in environmental sustainability and movement as a way of knowing. In 2019, she received a BA with honors in Environmental Anthropology and minors in East Asian Studies and Theater and Performance Studies, from Stanford University. Named one of DANCE Magazine’s “25 to Watch” (2016), she currently performs with ODC/Dance, Robert Moses’ Kin, and Post:Ballet in San Francisco, CA.

A recipient of the Santa Fe Mayor’s Melissa Engstrom Youth Artist Award for Excellence in the Arts (2013), Cora received her early dance training at Moving People Dance, and with merit scholarships at Alonzo King LINES Ballet and the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance. After graduating high school, she deferred her spot at Stanford, spending one year studying with the LINES Ballet Training Program (2014-15). Throughout college, Cora balanced a full academic course load, while dancing professionally and touring with Bay Area dance companies.

At Stanford, Cora pursued research at the intersection of anthropology, dance, Chinese language and culture studies, and sustainability. As a Chappell Lougee Award recipient, she designed and conducted research on cross-cultural communication at international dance festivals in Belgium, the Netherlands, and Austria. Through the Department of Anthropology Rosaldo Fellowship, she spent time in China conducting honors thesis research on environmental attitudes at Beijing’s Tsinghua University. Additionally, Cora worked as the Fellow for Stanford’s Sustainable Food Program, coordinating zero-waste education, a food donation program, and other initiatives to fight food insecurity.

Cora also has a background in nature photography and video editing. During the Covid-19 shutdown, she has collaborated with dance choreographer Robert Moses, both performing in and film-editing a series of dance films in outdoor and socially distanced settings.

Cora Cliburn in Robert Dekkers' "Yours is Mine"

"Pin-prick precision...a delicate touch that makes her shine"

- DANCE Magazine, "25 to Watch," 2016


Post:Ballet Power Hour

Join us on Wednesday mornings at 10:00am PST for BBT's newest donation-based offering, the Post:ballet Power Hour. This new 60-minute intermediate–advanced class will be led by a rotating faculty and follows a traditional ballet class format while integrating elements of improv, yoga, Pilates, and modern throughout.

Register for this donation-based class with the following teachers this month:

4/07 - Cora Cliburn

4/14: Robert Dekkers
4/21: Moscelyne ParkeHarrison
4/28: Colleen Loverde

Cora Cliburn in Alex Ketley's "POEM: Fragment Expansion" (2016)

Upcoming Performances & Film Premieres


Swan Lake by Post:ballet

Co-directed by choreographer Robert Dekkers and cinematographer Benjamin Tarquin, Swan Lake showcases Post:ballet's dynamic blend of classical and contemporary movement in a timeless story of love and loss that takes place along the shorelines of the San Francisco Bay.

The premiere of Swan Lake on Thursday, April 1st is co-hosted by San Francisco Dance Film Festival. Admission to this premiere is pay-what-you-can, and all donated admission is tax-deductible and goes directly toward supporting Post:ballet's future creative endeavors.


San Francisco Bay Area, CA, USA

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