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