Christy Cornell-Pape

Photo by Kelly McAbee

Christy, a life-long dancer, began studying dance at the age of 2. Proficient in tap, ballet, and jazz, Christy continues to study a variety of dance forms, such as samba and flamenco. Christy began intensively studying Isadora Duncan dance in 1999 with Mary Sano. She attended and performed at the International Isadora Duncan Dance Festival in Budapest, Hungary in November 2002. In 2003, Christy began taking classes with Ann Cogley and Christina Fessenden. She has taken several workshops with Lori Belilove and worked with Lori Belilove as a performer and children's rehearsal director during some of Lori's performances in California.

Christy has performed extensively in musical theatre and burlesque, performing throughout California, the U.S., and internationally. Christy is a prolific choreographer and can frequently be seen performing solo work in San Francisco and at many shows around the Bay Area. She is a director of DIVAfest, a non-profit supporting women in the arts; co-artistic director of the “DIVA or Die” burlesque show (a production of DIVAfest) at the Exit Theatre; and the co-creator, choreographer, and costumer for the burlesque plays “Rebel Without a Bra: A Burlesque Cabaret," At the White Rabbit Burlesque," and "Hotel Burlesque," full-length theater/burlesque productions.

Christy has taught both adult and children's Duncan dance classes. She currently teaches adult classes for Duncan dance, cancan, fan dancing, and burlesque. In her day job, Christy is a bank regulator specializing in the deterrence and identification of white collar crime and money laundering.

Christy serves on the Newsletter Committee and the Web Standards and Branding Committee for the Isadora Duncan International Symposium.

Photo by Kelly McAbee
Photo by Molly Kate Taylor
Photo by Molly Kate Taylor

Links

The Collection of Christy Cornell-Pape

Radio Interview about Isadora Duncan, March 4, 2017