Friday, April 29, 2011

So Close

We are just hours away from "In the Mood...for Dance." To get your engines revved up, here are some new pictures from rehearsal.

We hope to see you at the Miller Outdoor Theatre tonight at 8pm, for this free dance concert.

'til next time.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011


We missed last week's version of "Name The Owner," so this week you get to name two owners. Who owns these socks?

Who is the owner of these socks? Here is a hint. The owner is a boy, and he (and his snazzy tap shoe) is getting ready for "In the Mood...for Dance" at the Miller Outdoor Theatre in Houston on April 29th at 8pm.

As always, you can post your answers on our Facebook page in the comment section.

'Til next time.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Getting in the mood

one, two, three, four... one, two, three, four. "What foot am i supposed to pivot on again?" I asked myself this question as rub my lower back and wipe the sweat off my forehead. Sweat? I don't remember social dance being this hard. "Well... sometimes dance is hard," says Patton White, our instructor for today's company class. Patton White, the Company's manager, CORE's production manager, and an Artistic Associate, has been teaching social and Latin dances during this week's company classes to assist CORE Performance Company for "In the Mood...for Dance," a free dance concert at the Miller Outdoor Theatre on Friday, April 29th in Houston. (By the way, April 29th is World Dance Day.) Patton White has 22 years of social dance experience and has spent the last 6 years teaching social dance at Emory. His experience has been as a source for the Company in the same way that a writer uses a dictionary and thesaurus. Company members, Corian and Alex, informed me that the Company is aiming to use social dances, such as the fox trot, swing, tap, and the American tango, as inspiration to create a contemporary dance piece. White explained to me the methods used to achieve this goal. He says that all dancers have been learning both the roles of a leader and a follower. He and the Company have been discussing the importance of being and leader and a follower in social dance. There are specifics in each role that dancers have to embody to meet the needs of his/her partner. Alissa says, "As a dancer, it is sometimes harder to be a follower because I know the music and the timing. Following requires listening and allowing your leader to lead even if it means I may miss the beat or step. Being a leader is nice when I am confident in what I am doing. I have to constantly be ahead of my partner, so that I don’t trip over my feet and make us look bad." Also the Company has been 'playing' with each of the social dances and their structures, by allowing themselves to manipulate the timing and where they place their body spatially with each step. Both changing the role from leader to follower and 'playing' with the dances are methods being used by the company to create a contemporary piece using social dance as an inspiration. For more details about "In the Mood...for Dance" and other upcoming performances and events, check out our website.

Monday, April 18, 2011

blow out!

to gear up for the miller show, the dancers are competing amongst themselves to see who can dance the hardest. these are the impending results...

to learn more about this performance, visit

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The members of Core Performance Company are at it again! With another exciting performance of "The Moment Between"; the critically acclaimed choreographic collaboration between former CORE member, and independent dance maker, jhon r. stronks and artistic director Sue Schroeder. Join us this Saturday, April 16th, 7 and 9pm at the Marcus JCC in Dunwoody, GA for the Modern Atlanta Dance Festival (MAD)

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Who is the owner of these socks?

It's Tuesday again. So, it's time for another game of "Whose socks are these?" Can you name the owner of these socks? Let us know in the comment section. As always, check out our website and Facebook page for updates and events, and if you want to talk to us, send us a tweet on Twitter (username:coredances).

Happy Tuesday,

Friday, April 08, 2011

Barefoot Dance Party

CORE company members, staff members, and members of the community gathered at the Atlanta CORE studios for the Barefoot Dance Party. We kicked off our shoes and boogied in honor of TOMS One Day Without Shoes. TOMS is an organization that donates one pair of shoes every time you buy a pair of shoes from them. This event was chocked full of family fun, and I was so excited to see young dancers showing off their skills. Below are some pictures from the event.

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Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Whose feet are these?

Today is TOMS' "One Day Without Shoes" Day. TOMS is an organization that gives one pair of shoes to a child in need every time you by shoes from them. (For more information, check out We are so pleased to be a part of the celebration and host an event today at our Atlanta CORE studios. So, if you are in the Atlanta area come by the CORE studios today from 3-6pm for our Barefoot Dance Party. In honor of today's event, let's play "Whose feet are these?" instead of playing "Whose socks are these?"

Can you identify the owner of these feet? Let us know in the comment section. Also feel free to check out yesterday's interview with Alex Abarca, posts, events, and photos on our Facebook page.

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, April 04, 2011

A Moment with Alex Abarca

A dancer's day can be busy, so it's always a treat to have some time with a CORE Performance Company member for a quick interview. Today I was able to snag Alex Abarca to talk about his thoughts concerning The Moment Between a piece choreographed by former CORE Performance Company Member jhon r. stronks and Sue Schroeder

What was it like working with jhon r. stronks on The Moment Between?

It was a welcomed challenge. The improvisational technologies can get really heady, but once I understood how to translate them physically it became easier. Because it was improvisation, sometimes it was challenging to remain focused. All in all, I feel that jhon was an ideal choreographer to work with because he understood what information (even if it’s too much) the dancers need to accomplish a task.

What is improvisational technologies?

It’s the William Forsyth thought process of using points and lines in space as an entry into moving improvisationally.

(For more about William Forsyth's improvisational technologies, check out this link.)

Last question and this is just for fun, what music are you listening to these days?

Right now, Adele, Lupe Fiasco, and Janice Joplin.