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Cora Cliburn (she/her) is a dance artist currently working in Chicago and San Francisco. Originally from New Mexico, Cora trained at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance and the Alonzo King LINES Ballet Training Program. In 2016, she was recognized as one of DANCE Magazine's “25 to Watch.” Cora has worked with ODC/Dance, Robert Moses’ Kin, PARA.MAR Dance Theatre, Post:ballet, Lil Buck and Jon Boogz (Blindspotting/Starz Network), EIGHT/MOVES, GERALDCASELDANCE, Sharp & Fine and ARCOS Dance, among others. Cora’s repertoire includes works by Robert Moses, Alex Ketley, Kate Weare, Robert Sher-Machherndl, KT Nelson, Hélène Simoneau, Stephanie Martinez and Amy Seiwert. Cora is also the Outreach Director for Artists Climate Collective, a dancer-led initiative dedicated to building community, producing creative works, and celebrating climate action in the arts. In 2019, she graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University, earning a BA with honors in Environmental Anthropology. Cora is now a graduate student in Energy & Resources at UC Berkeley and continues to bridge her work in the arts and environmental sustainability.

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"Cliburn is so precise you stare closer to see how she does it"
- ODC/Dance Downtown Review

Cora Cliburn in Post:ballet's Yours is Mine

"Pin-prick precision...a delicate touch that makes her shine"
- Dance Magzine's  Top 25 to Watch

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Awards & Recognitions

2022 | Dancers' Group CA$H Grant Awardee

2022 | San Francisco Magazine "Best of the Bay" Award - Representing ODC/Dance

2019 | Stanford University Dept. of Theater and Performance Studies “Award of Excellence”

2018 | Stanford University Dept. of Anthropology “Award of Merit” and “Boas Fellowship”

2018 | Stanford University Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society

2017 | Stanford University Chappell Lougee Award - Humanities and Arts Research Fellowship

2016 | Stanford University “President’s Award for Academic Excellence”

2016 | DANCE Magazine’s “25 to Watch"

2016 | Isadora Duncan “Outstanding Achievement in Performance—Ensemble” Award [Nominated with Post:ballet]

2013 | Santa Fe Mayor’s Melissa Engstrom Youth Artist Award for Excellence in the Arts

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