CORY LUNNY IDO DANCERS COMMISSION- PRESS RELEASE 47/2021
The International Dance Organization recently set up an IDO Dancers Commission. The Commission will act as the voice for IDO active licensed dancers around the world and to protect their rights and interests. The Dancers Commission will act as a direct link from the voices of dancers to the IDO Presidium. It is the Commissioners duty to provide updated information to dancers and to the IDO Presidium.
Cory Lunny from United States of America has been appointed to the IDO Dance Commission. The IDO Communications Department has caught up with Cory to tell us a bit about herself and what are her expectations in the next year:
Tell us a bit about yourself and your history in the IDO?
I was born in 2001 and raised in a town outside of Boston, Massachusetts, in the United States. I began dancing at age 5 at Nancy Chippendale’s Dance Studios starting with ballet, jazz, and tap dance. I was a student there for 14 years, and as I continued my dance training, I added lyrical, modern, contemporary, and hip-hop classes to my schedule. I competed at regional and national competitions from 2008 - 2019 in all the dance styles listed above, proudly winning some National titles with my team. In 2015, I became an original member of the American Tap Company. We train, compete, and perform all over the world, and I have made so many unforgettable memories. In 2018, I was added to the American Tap Company Coaching Staff, and in 2019 I became the Assistant Director of the company. Throughout the past few years I have taken classes, performed, and taught all over the world. Currently, I am a dance teacher at Nancy Chippendale’s Dance Studios, I am still a Coach and Assistant Director for the American Tap Company, and, of course, I am a member of the first IDO Dancers’ Commission!
In 2010 I travelled to my first IDO World Tap Championships winning a gold medal with Team USA! In 2014, I won gold with my trio, and in 2016, I won the World Champion title with my solo. In total, I have travelled to Riesa eight times for the Championships winning 11 medals. I attended my first IDO Dancers’ Forum meeting in 2017 and discovered my interest in getting involved and sharing a dancer’s perspective. In 2018, I choreographed my first few dances for Team USA that competed at the World Championships. In 2019, my Team USA choreography won bronze, silver, and gold medals!
Tell us an anecdote or hilarious moment whilst attending an IDO event?
There are so many! As a clumsy person in life, I have fallen or embarrassed myself more times than I can count both on and off stage in Riesa. One fun memory that comes to mind is in 2014 I travelled to Riesa just to compete my trio with two of my best friends. Since we only had the one dance, we had a lot of down time at the hotel, which we shared with the Italian team. The night we won we were celebrating in one of our hotel rooms, with the door open, and Leonardo and Emanuele D’Angelo ran in and scared us half to death! We never got them back, but this kick started an amazing friendship!
Why have you agreed to form part of the IDO Commission? How important is it to have a voice in the IDO?
When I first got the news, I was nominated to apply for the IDO Dancers’ Commission, I thought of it as a great opportunity, an honour, and a great way to get more involved with the IDO. As I heard more about it, my mindset shifted to: this is a great opportunity to learn and voice dancers’ opinions. I loved the Dancers’ Forums because of the healthy debate that went on between dancers from all over the world. It was such an eye-opening experience, and I believe it is important to continue conversations like this with the Dancers’ Commission.
How do you see the IDO Commission developing in the future?
The IDO Dancers’ Commission has an important mission over the next few years. We not only should be the voice for the dancers in many different dance disciplines, but we should also find ways that the dancers can strengthen and support the IDO so that competitions continue to create these sorts of connections and bonds among participants that create growth and support in our artistic pursuits both on and off the stage.
How do you see the IDO Commission supporting IDO in making it bigger and better?
We have already started by attending IDO Committee Meetings and voicing opinions from a dancer’s perspective. It was such an amazing experience to listen and learn from some of the greatest Coaches from all over the world, so being able to share my opinions was an honour! We have also met as a Commission and continue to brainstorm ideas and projects to kick start what we want the first IDO Dancers’ Commission to accomplish. We are hoping to get the dancers of IDO more involved on a regular basis, creating a tighter bond between the IDO Presidium and the dancers! Ultimately, this group is going to evolve over time, fitting whatever mission we see needed to make the IDO even better. I am so excited to see what the six of us can do!
What is IDO to you?
Growing up, the IDO World Championships was the biggest event of the year for me. It gave me something to look forward to and work toward, constantly pushing me to get better. As I got older, IDO became a family to me. I met some of my best friends, teachers, and inspirations through the IDO, allowing me to broaden my perspective on dance beyond what I could ever imagine! I’m so thankful for the countless opportunities these friendships have brought me, and I can’t wait to see what comes next.
What is the first thing you think about when you think about IDO?
Community! All the relationships I have built from the IDO will last a lifetime! We help each other grow and inspire one another to be better in more ways than just dance. The IDO has helped bring dancers together from all over the world opening doors for teaching, performance, and travel--such amazing opportunities. It’s more than a series of competitions--it’s a community of artists pushing boundaries and, most important, relying on each other for support and encouragement, especially during times like these.
Stay tuned as we meet other members of the IDO Dancers Commission in the next coming weeks!