Faculty and Staff Directory
Title/s: Instructor of Dance
Office #: Ralph Arnold Annex 206
Cora D. Mitchell, originally from Knoxville, TN, trained with Irma Witt O’Fallon for 12 years and danced with The Knoxville Ballet from 1980-1986. In 1990, she received her B.F.A. from The University of the Arts (Philadelphia), and then returned to Knoxville to teach ballet and jazz at Knoxville College. In 1991 she moved to Chicago to accept a full scholarship with Joseph Holmes Dance Theatre under the artistic direction of Randy Duncan, where she danced in the second company until 1993.
From 1991-2005 she taught at The Turning Point Dance Studio in Elmwood Park, IL under artistic director Patricia Toniolo and returned to the studio in 2010. Cora has danced with Winifred Haun & Dancers and The Body Language Dance Company, artistic director, Tommy Gomez, who was a principal dancer with Katherine Dunham.
Along with working with many choreographers for MOMENTA, Cora has also worked with Wilfredo Rivera of Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre, Dmitri Peskov of Dance Loop Chicago, Lisa Johnson-Willingham formerly with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre and Melissa Thodos. In June 2007, her piece Alright (MOMENTA) premiered in Europe at the 10-day Dance Festival, Young Tanszommer.
She’s also been fortunate to collaborate with the award winning jazz pianist/composer and cousin, D.D. Jackson (New York), to set the solo Lillian on Mei-Kuang Chen (MOMENTA) using his original composition for Mama, and has collaborated with composer, producer, Martino Lozej (Canada) for her piece Mars (MOMENTA), using his original composition of the same title. In the Summer of 2013, Cora's new choreography from Summer 2012 titled "Going Back Home" (dedicated to her father) traveled and premiered at the 10 Day Dance Festival (Tanszommer) in Austria.
Cora currently teaches Ballet I and Jazz II at Loyola University Chicago, and has been with MOMENTA and teaching at the Academy since 1999. She is also a dancer and choreographer for MRE, and is a freelance photographer working throughout the Chicago area.
B.F.A., University of the Arts