Anna has been with us at Core Dance for quite some time as a Dance Artist, but she is now adding to her plate! We are excited to welcome Anna to a brand new position at Core Dance - National and International Liaison. Read all about Anna's journey and exciting future plans!
Education/Training: Decatur School of Ballet, DeKalb School of the Arts, University of Georgia
Position: Dance Artist and National and International Liaison
How did you come to Core Dance? I found out about Core Dance through a friend in college and auditioned before I even knew its magic. I joined the company in 2012 as an Artistic Affiliate and after a few months became a full company member. I think in hindsight, I was looking for something more, something more than a typical company model, and Core Dance absolutely offered me that.
Can you tell me a little bit about your new position?
The new position is being called Core Dance’s “National and International Liaison”. Over the year, I will travel to national and international contemporary festivals to seek new ideas being presented in contemporary dance/art around the world, develop new connections and build relationship with like-minded artists with similar aesthetics and values to Core Dance.
What are your plans for this summer?
This Summer, I have kept busy on the dance front! I had the pleasure of teaching contemporary/modern to the Junior and Apprentice Ensembles at Decatur School of Ballet for their annual summer intensive, participated in and led movement workshops for the Staibdance summer intensive and now have found my home in Berlin for the next month! I am participating in B12, a new festival for contemporary dance and performance art in Berlin as my first assignment as Core Dance's new National and International Liaison! I am here building meaningful relationships with movers and shakers from around the world while workshopping and diving deep into personal movement research!
What is one thing you are looking forward to?
I am thrilled and enormously grateful to be kicking off this position with a month long trip to Germany to participate in B12. I will be workshopping with 7 different artists from around the world; engaging in personal movement research. My favorite part about this experience is that it will not culminate in any kind of performance but is simply a platform for personal investigation. Process. That is what Core Dance is all about so I am beyond excited to expand what a creative process can be for me. I am looking forward to meeting and moving with other artists, building meaningful and lasting relationships and seeing what the Berlin arts community has to offer! Even better, I can’t wait to bring back everything I have learned to share and deepen with Core Dance!
This week, we meet my super fabulous intern, Jordan! She joins us from Kennesaw State University, and will help me out as a Communications Intern this summer. Jordan's a dancer, cat lover, and fits in wonderfully here at Core Dance. Read on to learn all about her!
Hometown: Snellville, Georgia
Education/Training: Kennesaw State University, B.A. in Dance (graduating in December 2019)
Position: Communications Intern
Delights: Music, reading, the beach, my cats, and dancing!
How did you come to Core Dance?
I found out about Core through a professor at my school. During an advising session, she informed me Core was looking for interns. After looking at the Core website and seeing what they were all about, I applied for the Communications internship.
What is your favorite part about working here?
My favorite part about working here is the environment. Everyone here is so excited and passionate about their jobs, and it makes me excited to work on new projects with them. This translates into me being pushed beyond what I think I know everyday. With every assignment I am given, I learn something new about working on a different side of a dance company.
Fun things planned this summer:
I just got back from a study abroad trip to Israel, which was amazing! I have a few more trips planned, including Nashville, Disney World, Dallas, Indianapolis, and Tybee Island! When not traveling, working at Core, or in school, I'll be spending my summer relaxing by the pool!
To learn more about Jordan, check out her bio here. Keep following us to meet our many other wonderful staff and dance artists!
This week, we meet Core Dance company member Rose Shields! Rose received her BFA in Dance from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts before moving to Atlanta to teach and perform. This upcoming season will be her seventh with Core Dance. We sat down with Rose to find out what she's up to this summer - check it out below!
"This summer is filled with a mix of teaching and training for me. Next week I will be teaching ballet, contemporary, and acrobatics at Good Moves' week long Summer Camp. Then, I finish out the month teaching acrobatics and contemporary at the Good Moves' Summer Intensive.
I have been taking part in a collaborative effort, spearheaded by Zerina Serulle, to offer free Summer dance classes to fellow dance artists. I've been taking classes with Scott Wheet, Jerylann Warner, Zerina Serulle, and Amanda Sieradzki, and I myself will teach on Wednesday, July 11th.
I'm taking ballet classes at Atlanta Ballet, and contemporary classes here and there and everywhere to keep myself in shape and somewhat sane. I plan to take classes offered at the Staib Workshop and with Jillian Bodnar and Callanwolde Fine Arts Center.
Meanwhile, I train my circus skills on my own time at The Space, with fellow artists building human pyramids, and with ELEMENT Acrobatics at In Flight Gymnastics. Nearing the end of my summer in July, I will be teaching dance with some of my Core Dance co-workers in Vero Beach, FL at the Riverside Dance Festival.
I keep busy, but I leave time for rest here and there."
This summer looks full of opportunities for learning, growing, and dancing for Rose! We can't wait to see how all her hard work this summer will pay off. Stay tuned to hear about the adventures of the rest of our company.