Who We Are

Mission Statement

CORE (formerly Several Dancers Core) is a professional dance organization that creates, performs, and presents contemporary dance, and is dedicated to opening channels of communication and education between artists and the community.

Vision Statement

We envision a society where everyone values contemporary dance as a vital means of human expression.


We value an intentional approach to creativity, integrity, innovation, risk-taking, collaboration, consensus, and learning exchange.

Our History

Founded in 1980, CORE is home to the internationally acclaimed CORE Performance Company, known for its innovative, passionate, captivating dance works.

Delving deeply into the arts and the many cultures of the world, CORE unearths and presents unique and compelling dance experiences. Guided by a strong sense of community responsibility, CORE uses dance to educate, to question, to connect, to heal, and to inspire.

Formerly known as Several Dancers CORE, CORE was founded and is led by artistic director Sue Schroeder, a choreographer and arts leader with more than 30 years of experience in dance. The organization is dual-homed, with operations in both Houston and Atlanta.

This profile packet outlines the impact of CORE’s 30 year history. ┬áCORE is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt nonprofit organization. For detailed financial information, see our Texas or Georgia IRS forms 990.