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

Cora Cliburn

Dance Artist // San Francisco, CA


Cora Cliburn is an interdisciplinary dance artist interested in environmental sustainability and movement as a way of knowing. In 2019, she graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University, earning a BA with honors in Environmental Anthropology and minors in East Asian Studies and Theater and Performance Studies. Named one of DANCE Magazine’s “25 to Watch” (2016), she has worked with Post:ballet, Lil Buck and Jon Boogz (Blindspotting/Starz Network), GERALDCASELDANCE, Liv Schaffer, and ARCOS Dance, among others.

Cora currently performs with ODC/Dance and Robert Moses’ Kin 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 last pandemic year, 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 for BBT's newest donation-based offering, the Post:ballet Power Hour. This 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.

Wednesdays 10-11am PDT | Jan-May '21

Classes paused until further notice.

For inquiries about private coaching in ballet, modern, or contemporary (repertory and technique), please reach out below.

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

Upcoming Performances & Film Premieres


Una Historia del Momento (A History of this Moment)

Online Premiere Friday, October 15, 2021

This new short film explores dancers’ relationship with the charged potential of empty space.
Choreography by Robert Moses and Amy Foley
Music and Text by Robert Moses
Performers: Amy Foley, Crystaldawn Bell and Cora Cliburn


San Francisco Bay Area, CA, USA

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