About Core Dance

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For four decades, Core Dance has supported innovation, collaboration, artistic risk-taking and sustainable art-making in dance. An award-winning contemporary dance organization with global reach, Core Dance creates, performs, and produces compelling original dance that ignites the creative spirit and actively encourages participation and conversation with the community. 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, creating a context for dance that is relevant in both cities and around the globe. Core Dance uses dance to educate, question and illuminate, and is internationally recognized for its artistically driven research practices, cross-cultural and multi-disciplinary collaborations, the humanity of the individual Dance Artists, and its rigorous physicality.


The 2020-2021 arts season marks our 40th season. Since our founding in Houston in 1980, we have performed 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 25 years we have led the Fieldwork program – a unique facilitated forum for artists of all disciplines to share work in progress and exchange feedback over the course of 10 weeks – in both Houston and Atlanta, two 10-week sessions each year in each city. 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.

For a comprehensive overview of the work of Core Dance over the years, please download our brochure to learn more about our previous work.

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