Kora Radella is a dance professor and choreographer. Radella’s choreography has been performed in New York City at venues including Judson Church, Danspace Project, 92nd Street Y, Pioneer Works, and Roulette and in other locations including Barcelona, Berlin, Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, Grand Rapids, Miami and Paris. Noted for her use of "awkward grace," Radella researches being on the edge of control, pushing both physical and psychological balances. She was a recipient of artist residencies at Yaddo in 2016 and at Lake Studios Berlin in 2015, Ohio Arts Excellence Awards in 2014 and 2018, and was a 2019 Bogliasco Fellow. She also was an artist-in-residence at The Watermill Center in 2016 with BOOMERANG, a company she, as the choreographer, co-founded. Radella's primary teaching interests include contemporary dance technique via what she calls "riding resilience," contact improvisation, composition and movement for performers. She is a certified yoga teacher (500RYT).

Areas of Expertise

Choreography, contemporary movement techniques, yoga


1994 — Master of Fine Arts from University of Illinois- Urbana

1987 — Bachelor of Fine Arts from University of Illinois- Urbana

Courses Recently Taught

This course introduces the basic concepts, practices and skills of movement for performers of any discipline. Rigorous movement training offers students an approach to creating scores, devised theater and instant compositions. Active listening, engagement and creative problem-solving are basic skills within this training that can be applied to many fields of study, as well as life in general. The training helps hone a keen sense of physical awareness, expanded improvisatory responses and compositional choices. Reading, viewing, writing, sounding and moving through the course provide multiple ways to delve into a rich movement practice. They also provide rigorous training for students who choose to apply these skills as theater, dance or film practitioners and as fully embodied human beings. This counts toward the technique requirement for the major. No prerequisite.

This is a Hatha yoga course that helps students improve alignment, balance, strength and flexibility through the mindful practice of yoga postures. Integration through motion, breath and healthy attentiveness are emphasized. The required reading for the course, "Yoga, Mind, Body and Spirit" by Donna Farhi, provides a deeper understanding of what yoga has to offer. This counts toward the technique requirement for the major. No prerequisite. Generally offered every other year.\n

This course introduces the basic skills and movement vocabulary of contact improvisation, as well as the context and evolving practice of the form. Students learn building blocks and skills for contact improvisation, which increase in complexity and rigor throughout the course. Experimenting with gravity, momentum, weight and points of contact serves as the basis for individual dancing, duets and ensemble work. Partners learn techniques of falling, rolling and lifting to use as a base within this improvisatory form. Sensitized listening paired with technical skills helps students hone their capabilities within this unique movement practice. This counts toward the technique requirement for the major. No prerequisite.

This course focuses on modern dance technique for the beginning-level student. Artistic self-expression of movement is explored through exercises emphasizing the basic concepts of breath, mobilizing weight and improvisation. The course involves intensive movement participation. This counts toward the technique requirement for the major. No prerequisite. Generally offered every year.

The fall and spring dance concerts give dancers, choreographers and designers an opportunity to present their work in concert. Advised and directed by dance faculty members and guest artists, these concerts are the culmination of one or two semesters of preparation, rehearsals and regularly scheduled showings of works in progress. In order for students to choreograph for the fall dance concert, students must be enrolled in or have successfully completed DANC 227 or 228. Choreography proposals must be submitted to the dance faculty by the date announced early each semester. Final selection is determined by the dance faculty, with priority given to dance majors and minors. The same selection process is followed for both fall and spring dance concerts. Auditions to dance in either concert are held at the beginning of each semester. All dancers who perform in either concert are required to participate in a dance technique course (DANC 103, 104, 106, 107, 108, 109, 208, 209 or 308). Designers are recommended by the design faculty of the Department of Dance, Drama and Film. Please note: DANC 110 audit will only be awarded to those dancers, choreographers and production personnel whose work exhibited high standards. Offered every semester.

This course furthers the work of the beginning-level course with increased application of movement principles established by creative artists and teachers from the contemporary dance tradition. Movement fundamentals from other broad-based techniques and somatic principles also are included. This counts toward the technique requirements for the major. No prerequisite. Permission of instructor required. Offered every semester.

This course investigates the development of dance as a performing art in the 20th and 21st centuries. It examines major trends that influence dancemaking including technology, globalization and collaboration, by observing the work of principal artists. This course investigates aesthetic points of view, beliefs and assumptions inherent in dance practice, dance criticism and history writing. This counts toward the theory requirement for the major. Prerequisite: DANC 105. Generally offered every other spring.

The theory and practice of making dances is the focus of the choreographer. The fundamentals of composing both solo and group works are presented through the exploration of dance dynamics, improvisation and movement problem-solving. Work includes movement studies, presentations, readings and discussions. Group preparation time outside of class for movement studies is required. This counts toward the theory requirement for the major. Prerequisite or corequisite: DANC 105. Offered every other fall.

Special topics in dance composition are the focus of this course. Students are presented with advanced choreographic theories and challenges. The choreographic assignments vary each semester and may include studies that emphasize partnering, the use of technology, collaboration or site-specific work. Course requirements include readings, discussions and the development and presentation of movement studies. Significant preparation time outside of class is expected. This counts toward the theory requirement for the major. Prerequisite: DANC 227. Offered every other fall.

This course is an introduction to screendance, also known as dance film and dance for the camera. Screendance is a synthesis between dancemaking and filmmaking. It is an evolving field and through readings, viewings and discussion, students learn about the history and development of this hybrid form. Through analysis of the dance films we view, as well as feedback we offer to one another about creative work, students hone their analytic skills via written work, discussions and presentations. Each student creates film studies based on a variety of prompts during the semester and creates one short dance film. These creative projects give an experiential component to the course, informed by the many screendance works we view, as well as the readings of significant scholarship in the field.

This course builds upon principles of movement established at the beginning and intermediate levels. In-depth exploration of floor work, improvisation, somatic practices and a variety of postmodern styles promote artistry, efficiency of movement and integrated strength. This counts toward the technique requirement for the major. Permission of instructor required. Offered every semester.

Individual study in dance is reserved for students exploring a topic not regularly offered in the department's curriculum. Typically, the course carries 0.5 units of credit. To enroll in an individual study, a student must identify a member of the department willing to direct the project and, in consultation with him or her, write a proposal. The department chair must approve the proposal. The one- to two-page proposal should include a preliminary bibliography and/or set of specific problems, goals and tasks for the course; outline a schedule of reading and/or writing assignments or creative undertakings; and describe the methods of assessment (e.g., a journal to be submitted for evaluation weekly; a one-act play due at semester's end, with drafts due at given intervals; and so on). The student also should briefly describe prior coursework that qualifies him or her for this independent project. At a minimum, the department expects the student to meet regularly with the instructor one hour per week and to submit an amount of work equivalent to that required in 300-level dance and drama courses. Students are urged to begin discussion of their proposed individual study the semester before they hope to enroll, so that they can devise a proposal and seek departmental approval before the deadline.