This season, our Core Dance Artists will be spending their first week of October in Conway, Arkansas.
Hearding Cats Collective has created the music to support choreography that encourages a discussion around water, and human life’s connection to the earth. The audience will have the opportunity to get in the water to experience the vibrations of the music.
For the first time in Core Dance history, the performance will take place in a pool! To prepare for the performance, our dancers have been rehearsing at local pools in Atlanta as well as working in the studio. They’ve been exploring the different states of water with their movements, using their bodies to imitate the way an iceberg melts, or how water freezes or evaporates.
The dancers are focusing on keeping their movement 3 dimensional, like a glacier. This focus is especially important when they are “dripping” or “cracking” like ice. In the piece, they work together to build a shape, which slowly breaks apart as each individual pulls away. They also consider tone, angles, and high and low points to give their movement more depth.
Wondering what exactly this looks like? Stop by the University of Central Arkansas, or follow our social media pages for videos and updates! You can view the Aqurld playbill here.
Thursday, October 4th and Saturday, October 6th
7:00, 7:45, and 8:30pm
UCA HPER Center, Corner of Farris St. and Students' Lane, Little Rock, Arkansas
Free and open to the public
Reserve your spot HERE
More info here
This Fall, we're welcoming Jacque to our Communications team as an intern! Jacque joins us from Florida via our super Rehearsal Director, Kristin O'Neal. Read on to learn a bit about her!
Hometown: Windermere, FL
Education/Training: University of Florida, BFA Dance and BSBA Marketing
Position: Communications Intern
Delights: Dancing, choreographing, reading, cooking, and playing with my bearded dragon, Remi
How did you come to Core Dance? I met Kristin O'Neal (who is also a fellow Gator) at Bates Dance Festival this summer and she introduced me to Core Dance and the Atlanta dance scene
What is one thing you are looking forward to at Core Dance? To be immersed in a beautiful dance community and learning the ins and outs of a successful dance company. It’s exciting to get to pursue both of my passions through this internship!
Are you working on any other projects outside of Core Dance?
I’m working on building my name as an emerging choreographer, you can follow my dance journey on Instagram @jaxdance
Back in August, Core Dance Executive Director, Elizabeth Labbe-Webb, dance community member Sally O’Grady, and Core Dance Community Programs Facilitator, Stefanie Boettle, lead “Dance and Movement for Healing” workshops at the Symposium “The Power to Connect,” presented by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities. Read on to see what Stefanie and Elizabeth had to say about the workshops!
The workshops were very well received! After just the first workshop, word spread about how much fun our sessions were. Workshop participants who were signed up for other sessions left their assigned sessions to come to ours. We heard participants call across the hallways and up the staircases how much fun “the Dance workshop” was. At one point we considered moving the sessions out to the beautiful deck area at the Marriott to have more room.
In workshop one, there were two participants who initially did not want to participate. As the class went on, they both opened up more and more. One of the participants, who uses a wheelchair, was inspired by the way Elizabeth used her wheelchair to dance her version of “tapping the foot in the water”. As he swirled around in circles with his wheelchair, the smile on his face grew and the movements with his arms grew bigger and bigger. The other participant even performed a solo dance in the circle with such confidence and joy that everyone in the room clapped and cheered her on. At the end of the session they both left with so much life in their eyes. With huge smiles, they said goodbye to Elizabeth and I with a big, sweaty hug.
This sense of community and happy confidence building continued the next day. One workshop session had several participants who really wanted to stay against the wall, away from the other dancers. Elizabeth and Sally honored this need for safe space, but invited them to move as they felt comfortable. By the end of the class they were bouncing in their chairs, still against the wall, but having a great time with the group they were in. By the end of the final session, several participants had taken the class 4 times and one dancer, who lives with cerebral palsy, was planning to find a dance class in her community so she could continue to explore new ways to move her body.
Want to learn more about Core Dance’s community engagement? Check out Dynamic XChange and Lunchtime in the Studio!
Barbara Branson, Publications Manager, and the People of Core Dance