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.
Upcoming Performances & Film Premieres
San Francisco Bay Area, CA, USA