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Red Hook Dancer Joins Lineup at Joe's Pub Showcase

By Alan Neuhauser | September 5, 2012 3:03pm

NEW YORK CITY — Red Hook's own Shannon Hummel is set to take the stage in Manhattan Wednesday to reprise her solo modern dance short, "Good Side as part of the DanceNow Showcase at Joe's Pub in NoHo.

Hummel, the artistic director of Cora Dance studio and company on Richards Street, said her short performance piece is a "funny ... racy little five-minute experience, complete with Wonder Woman underwear."

"It's about the work we go through to hide," said Hummel, who is making her first appearance at the Joe's Pub Showcase, which features 40 short performances by some of New York City's most respected and innovative dancers.

"It's a very small stage, but it's a great venue. It's an unusual venue with a lot of energy," Hummel said.

"It's a great space for doing comic pieces. It's a great space for doing short work."

Each night, the showcase's audience will vote for one dancer to receive a free weeklong creative residency at DanceNow's Silo on Kirkland Farm in Pennsylvania. After the end of the festival Saturday night, DanceNow's producers and advisors will pick one dancer from the entire showcase to receive a $1,000 stipend, a 20-hour space grant at the Gibney Dance Center in the Flatiron District, and the creative residency on Kirkland Farm.

For Hummel, who has been on hiatus from performing or developing new work for two years while starting her dance studio, the showcase represents a welcome return to the stage.

"I felt like it was a good reentry in to the New York City dance community," she said.

For the full list and festival schedule, visit the Joe's Pub website.