Nora Younkin received her BFA in Dance Pedagogy from Columbia College in downtown Chicago where she performed in work by Jennifer Archibald, Merce Cunningham, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane, Michael Rodrguez Cintra, and Taisha Paggett, among others. She continues to perform and choreograph for independent productions in Chicago. In addition to studying at Columbia College, she attended teaching training at Westbeth Studios in New York City and learned the teaching and compositional techniques of the modern dance luminary Merce Cunningham. Nora writes about dance and the arts for The Huffington Post Chicago and has been a guest speaker on WBEZ’s arts podcast General Admission. Nora has taught ballet, modern, jazz, and creative movement to students of all ages and in settings ranging from local dance studios to universities to Chicago Public schools to Panamanian orphanages. Nora strives to cultivate a love of dance in students by making the classroom a place for expression and discovery while also fostering strong dance technique through rigorous training.