Meet us

Cathy Skora

Executive, Artistic Director

Cathy has been studying, teaching, & performing dance for over fifteen years, and is founder and executive director of Folkloric Productions Dance Co., Inc.

Dance Studies

Her dance studies have included Modern (Graham-Based) and African (Dunham-Based), with the Gemini Dance Company, under the direction of Steve Porter. As a member of Gemini, Cathy traveled to Europe for several summers as part of an international folk festival.

Her area of special study are dances of the Middle East and North Africa. Cathy has traveled throughout Egypt, Morocco, Turkey, and Greece, exploring dance and culture. Her studies frequently take her to New York City to study with various masters, including Yousary Sharif, Velerie Camille, Ned Williams, Jajouka, Elena Lentini, and various Brazilian instructors.

Meditation

In addition to dance Cathy continues to study a variety of meditation and yoga forms which are a natural blend for teaching, choreographing, and performing dance. Cathy's studies in Kundalini Yoga, Tai Chi, Chi Kung, and Sufism are foundations in her facilitation of the utilization of breathwork, awareness, and potential for participants in her classes.

Performances

Cathy has performed at a variety of local venues ,as well as, international venues throughout the country. Her performance experiences are vast and she has loved each and every one of them from local night clubs, and private parties, to local concert stages such as the Allendale, New Pheonix, Flickinger , Rockwell Hall, Pfiefer Theatre, Asbury Hall, Hallwalls, Alleyway, Ujima to the Jacob Javitts Convention Center in NYC and all the black box theaters in between. She is grateful for all of her experiences and looks forward to each new adventure.

Cathy continues to choreograph for Folkloric Productions Dance Co., Inc. , and has directed numerous theatrical dance concerts.

Creative Studies

Cathy will complete a MS in Creative Studies from the State University College at Buffalo in 2011. Her work in Creative Studies is a natural progression towards the development of layering and identifying further personal development workshops utilizing movement and meditation to access the creative process.

Workshop Leader

Cathy leads a variety of movement workshops focused on personal development , discovery, and awareness of personal potential. Recent teaching engagements have taken her to Greece and Hawaii.

Classes

She currently teaches Afro-Brazilian, Dunham Technique, Graham based Modern Dance, Middle Eastern Dance, Samba, and Movement and Meditation at Folkloric Productions Dance on Allen , Rising Sun Yoga. as well as ,other venues thorughout the community.

Children's Programs

Over the years Cathy has developed a number of children's programs focused on using cultural dance and music to facilitate expression, creativity, and self confidence. Cathy's recent work in Creative Studies enhances these efforts.

Dia Matos

Assistant Director

In addition to assisting with long term planning, program development, and class operations Dia is also a principal dancer and instructor with the company.

Dia' s experience in dance spans a lifetime as her childhood studies in gymnastics, ballet ,and jazz in the NYC area led her to continued studies as an adult in Graham based Modern, Dunham , and a variety of international dance forms.

Dia has performed on stages throughout WNY as a member of the company and as a soloist choreographing and performing a variety of works.

Lynn Kraus

Program Assistant

Lynn also serves several roles with the company as a dancer, rehearsal assistant, costume mistress and administrative assistant.

Lynn has been studying dance since childhood including ballet and jazz. Her studies as an adult include modern , African ,and South American dance.

Company

Pam Mills, Lisa Henley, Maria Pittman, Jan Morgan,Jeannine Giffear, Jeleny Rodriguez, Isabella Lucinco, Theresa Graham, Terry Simmons, Martha Rothkopf, Tiffany Kolniak, Stan Simmons, Rob Rothkopf

Special thanks to all of our volunteers who work with us and have worked with us in keeping our vibration moving forward.

And much gratitude to our web designer Long Nguyen. We so appreciate his sense of style and design.