Although we had to close up shop for a few days last week, Core Dance has still been plenty busy! Last Monday, Core Performance Company and the Core Dance staff members spent the morning volunteering for the City of Decatur. Our assignment was lawn work: raking, picking up trash, shoveling out old stones, and making the lawn of a Decatur citizen as beautiful as possible. We put on as many layers as we could, grabbed our gardening gloves, and got to work. We carried pieces of concrete, wood planks, and miscellaneous trash to the dumpster. After an hour, I was already stripping off my layers. Although we weren’t in the studio, we certainly got our workout for the day!
The rest of the week was thrown off course by the ice and snow, but on Friday we were finally back on track with the studios open. That morning, I thawed out my muscles with a class with Kristin O’Neal. Dancing to upbeat, Irish music was the perfect way to begin my Friday. Core Performance Company finished out the afternoon by rehearsing American Playground, which will have its Houston premiere next month. (More info here!)
While the dancers prepare for their trip to Houston, I am getting ready for a community meeting for DanceATL, and an audition for the Riverside Dance Festival at Vero Beach. This Saturday, January 27th, Core Dance will be hosting a placement audition for children ages 10 and up for the Riverside Dance Festival. For more info, check out their website: https://www.riversidetheatre.com/riverside-dance-festival/. Following the audition at 4pm in Core Studios will be a meeting with DanceATL, held for all Atlanta dancers, artists, and community members to discuss what the dance community needs at this time.
The next few weeks are crammed for us over here in the office. This Monday, our entire staff and company had a Work Room. This is a full day where we dance together and discuss our programs and company needs. In March, we will all attend a 3 day long company retreat, to extend and deepen this process. Spring Fieldwork begins in Atlanta on January 29th, and in Houston on February 3rd. In Atlanta, our February Lunchtime is coming up on February 8th. And don’t forget, we have classes Monday, Wednesday-Friday at 9:00am. Keep warm, and come move with Core Dance!
Meet Stefanie - a beautiful dancer who has just transitioned from being a Core Dance Artist to our Community Programs Facilitator. We are so happy to have her join our staff this season!
Hometown: Munich, Germany
Education/Training: BA in Business and Management from LDT, Nagold in Germany, BA in Dance and Dance Education
Position: Community Programs Facilitator and Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 200)
Delights: 3pm chocolate
How did you come to Core Dance? I started as a Dance Artist at Core Dance in the fall of 2012 after auditioning for Core in the spring of 2012. I heard about Core through a former Dance Artist.
What is your favorite part about working here? Hmmm… sooo many! My favorite part is that everyone is really seen as a person, as a human with a story, everyone really matters. No one is seen as a machine that is expected to just function. I love that there is room to grow and room to create. What one feels and thinks truly matters. Core is what each individual brings to Core, not just the vision of one single person and everyone else just fulfilling tasks.
What is one of your favorite memories of your time here so far?
Traveling to Israel with the company as a Dance Artist to work with Niv and Oren and also with Vertigo Dance Company. Specifically spending 5 days at the Eco-Village with Core was truly inspirational in so many ways!
To read more about Stefanie, check out her bio on our website:
Happy happy new year! Today, to celebrate new beginnings, and continuing with our staff profiles, I’m going to officially introduce myself to all of our wonderful readers and supporters.
Hometown: Rochester, NY (Sorry Atlanta, looks like I brought the cold with me!)
Education/Training: BA in Dance, English, and Business, with concentrations in Arts Administration and Creative Writing, from Goucher College. I have interned with Garth Fagan Dance, Baltimore Magazine, and Bates Dance Festival. I graduated from Goucher in May 2017, and moved here in September for this super awesome job!
Position: Publications Manager (I manage the website, social media accounts, email, the blog, playbills, flyers, TV slides, and postcards!)
Delights: reading, writing, fancy journals, superb pens with pretty blue ink, planners, pumpkin chocolate chip muffins, dance, dogs of any kind, snow, fuzzy blankets, and my kitten
How did you come to Core Dance?
I met our Rehearsal Director, Kristin O’Neal, at Bates Dance Festival in the summer of 2016. She is a wonderful human being! During my senior year at Goucher, I started exploring cities besides New York and LA where dance was thriving, and I stumbled upon Atlanta. I reached out to Kristin after seeing her on Core Dance’s website, and remembering that she teaches at Emory. We chatted about the dance community in Atlanta, Core Dance, and what I was interested in pursuing (writing and dance). She mentioned my name to Sue and Elizabeth, and a few months later, this position coincidentally opened up. I was the School Administrator at Garth Fagan Dance in Rochester for the summer following graduation, and then accepted this position and moved to Atlanta in September.
What is your favorite part about working here?
I really love the environment. Everyone I work with is awesome, and it’s great to be able to get in the studio every so often. Although a lot of my day is spent behind my desk, I also have the opportunity to take class and observe rehearsal. It’s the perfect way to stay connected to my dancing roots, while also learning about the business and marketing of a non-profit organization. I’m very lucky to have this job, especially right out of school. It combines my love of dance and my interests in writing and communications perfectly. Thanks, Core Dance!!
What is one of your favorite memories of your time here so far?
Human Landscapes was my first experience with a performance of Core Performance Company, and it was so memorable. I loved meeting so many different people at the performance and watching their reactions to the performance. It was a crazy week, but it was more than worth it when it all came together.
To read more about me, check out my bio on our website:
Barbara Branson, Publications Manager, and the People of Core Dance