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Bryn Cohn

Described as a “dancemaker who does not shy away from much” (DIY Dancer), Bryn Cohn graduated with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from California Institute of the Arts in dance performance and composition. She founded and assumed the position of artistic director of Bryn Cohn + Artists in 2011 whose work has been performed in premiere venues including Danspace Project, Ailey Citigroup Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Symphony Space, The Martha Graham Theater, Judson Memorial Church, The Center for Performance Research, 92nd Street Y, The Theatre at Meydenbauer, Abrons Arts Center, Baruch Performing Arts Center, Salvatore Capezio Theater and in collaboration with the contemporary art galleries Foley Gallery and Castle Fitzjohns on two site-specific performance series. She has been commissioned by Missouri Contemporary Ballet, Billy Bell’s Lunge Dance Collective (of Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet and So You Think You Can Dance), Grand Valley State University, The Pushing Progress  Contemporary Training Program, for the fashion designer Betsey Johnson on a site specific installation and for The Youth America Grand Prix Competition. Cohn is on permanent faculty for the Pushing Progress Professional Training Program, and is the head of the modern and contemporary department at Greenwich Ballet Academy.  Cohn teaches at Peridance Capezio Center, and has taught master classes at Velocity Dance Center (Seattle), Broadway Dance Center (NYC), Chop Shop: Bodies of Work (Seattle) and for the Michael Susten Dance Company (NYC). Cohn was one of twenty international artists invited to participate in The New Aesthetics Performance Intensive led by Crystal Pite and Pol Hayvaert in Vancouver, B.C. She has performed in works by Ohad Naharin, Alex Ketley, Colin Connor and Barak Marshall, and in self choreographed solos Leak and Au Revoir Love. 

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Through the work I create, I grant myself the permission to test my imaginative constructs and allow myself to be seen not solely as an artist but as a human being. It is the fascination and awe I maintain of what it means to be a human being on this Earth that guides my creative practice and provides me infinite inspiration. Life in its messiness, beauty and complexity is epic. I believe we should celebrate our humanness through dance as it is a lens in which we can dive into connection, compassion and collective understanding.
— Bryn Cohn

What you need to know about me...

I did not begin dancing until the age of 17.  When I am in the studio teaching or choreographing, I tend to make some wild sounds when I get very excited!  A huge inspiration in my career has been Crystal Pite.  Having an opportunity to learn from her was an impactful and beautiful experience and significantly shaped the way I understand and perceive a creative process.  I cannot live without pasta and cheese.  I like to subway groove, even during rush hour!  I am deeply invested in the learning process and feel blessed to be surrounded by a community in New York that inspires and challenges me everyday.  I am a HUGE hip hop fan and incorporate a lot of musicality exercises into my classes.  Out of all of the places I have travelled to, Israel remains as my favorite. I am fascinated by the culture and the way the people live with such passion and zest for life and pleasure.  Being a California girl, I seek any and all opportunities to be outside (despite inclement weather).