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About Core Dance

For more than four decades, Core Dance has embraced the human form, the creative process and the artist working within it. An award-winning contemporary dance organization with global impact, Core Dance creates, performs, and produces compelling original art that empowers communities to see the self in others. In 1980, Core Dance was co-founded in Houston, Texas by dancer and choreographer Sue Schroeder and her sister, Kathy Russell.  Five years later, the organization added Atlanta, Georgia as a second home base. Amplifying the context for art making that is relevant, Core Dance makes Art to illuminate, Art to educate, Art to question and is internationally recognized for its artistically driven research practices, the authenticity of its Art, its socially relevant creations and its work as an artistic incubator and convener.

Vision

Core Dance views art-making as Intrinsically valuable & sacred, connecting us to each other. We see that the essential work of the artist is to chronicle the present and to dream the future into being. With curiosity, authenticity, courage, rigor and trust, we rouse the creative process within the artist. The work of Core Dance transcends dance in all its forms and possibilities.

Values

Always mindful of our utter humanness and the power of the collective imagination, we promise to show up: with eyes and ears wide open, with urgency, listening actively, walking with integrity, working in transparency and with our inner compass pointed toward fairness. Core Dance understands true change begins with individual responsibility - the ability to respond - ready to transform in an ever changing world.

Core Dance values purposeful artistic risk taking, regenerative collaboration, knowledge sharing and enquiry to amplify an empathic approach to social change.

Mission

Core Dance embraces the human form, the creative process and the artist working within it. Amplifying the context for art making that is relevant, we make Art to illuminate, Art to educate. Art to question.  

 

Core Dance is internationally recognized for its artistically driven research practices, the authenticity of its Art, its socially relevant creations and its work as an artistic incubator and convener. We are empowering an empathic response in our communities to see the self in others. We believe You are enough.

​History

The 2021-2022 arts season marks our 42nd season. Since our founding in Houston in 1980, we have created and performed more than 125 pieces of original choreography across the globe, collaborating with the renowned and the obscured. Our passion for making art is matched only by our passion for encouraging art making; for 30 years we have led the Fieldwork program – a unique facilitated forum for artists of all disciplines to share work in progress and exchange feedback – in both Houston and Atlanta and communities around the globe. And our compassion for our communities at large leads us to share what we know about bodies and movement with isolated populations – those dealing with abuse, homelessness, language barriers, refugee status, substance abuse, aging, and HIV/AIDS.

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