“A dancemaker who does not shy away from much” (DIY Dancer)
Described as having "a brilliant mind...people want to see more" (The Dance Enthusiast), Bryn Cohn is an award-winning dancemaker, educator, movement consultant and published scholar. She has choreographed five evening-length works and twenty repertory works on BC + A since its inception as well as commercial engagements. She was nominated for a Princess Grace Fellowship as the winner of REGALIA, a choreographic competition on Repertory Dance Theatre who commissioned her to make a new piece. Cohn was selected by Robert Battle to participate in the New Directions Choreography Lab at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, generously supported by the Ford Foundation. Her paper "Virtuosity in Dance: A Vehicle or Hindrance To Recognizing Humanness" has been published in The Dancer Citizen.
She has been commissioned to create works for renowned companies including Louis Vuitton, Repertory Dance Theatre, Missouri Contemporary Ballet, Billy Bell’s Lunge Dance Collective (formerly of Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet), The Big Muddy Dance Company, Jacksonville Dance Theatre, University at Buffalo, Grand Valley State University, California State University, Fullerton, Pushing Progress Contemporary Training Program, Stockton University, the fashion designer Betsey Johnson and Youth America Grand Prix. She was on permanent faculty at Peridance Capezio Center, Los Angeles Ballet and Loyola Marymount University. She directed the modern department at Greenwich Ballet Academy where her students received scholarships to Royal Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, Kirov Ballet, the Joffrey School and Ellison Ballet through competing in her work.
As a sought after educator and lecturer, she received a full feature in Dance Teacher Magazine. Cohn has participated in educational engagements at Gibney Dance (NY), California Institute of the Arts (CA), Rutgers University (NJ), Temple University (PA), Axis Connect (NY/LA), Shenandoah University (VA), California State University, Fullerton (CA), Broadway Dance Center (NY), California State University, Los Angeles (CA) and 10 Hairy Legs (NY). She was one of twenty international artists invited to participate in The New Aesthetics Performance Intensive in a dance-theater collaboration conducted by Crystal Pite. Cohn served on The Massachusetts Cultural Council Choreography Fellowship Panel and for Nazareth College's Movement and Dance Festival. She received scholarships to Bridge: Choreographic Dialogues at the Suzanne Dellal Centre in Tel Aviv, the Bessie Schoenberg Choreographic Lab at New York Live Arts and Systems for Understanding Movement and Choreography, led by Susan Marshall. 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.
Cohn graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from California Institute of the Arts in dance performance and composition and has been honored as a distinguished alumna as of 2018. Cohn is pursuing low residency Master of Fine Arts candidacy at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee as a High Honors and Chancellor's Award recipient.
Top photo by Jaqlin Medlock + left photo by Rafael Hernandez | Right photo by Karen Pomarico