Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Process and Collaboration

What does your art mean to you? Why do you do it? How do you approach it? What is your process? These are questions we as artists ask ourselves all of the time, for me almost every day. One great thing about CORE is that we get to explore these questions with every workshop, class, and new project. Process is constantly being examined. This week is no exception.

We continued working with Sue today. Yesterday, we listened to a wonderful, thought-provoking story. We then wrote for several minutes, chose words from those stream-of-consciousness writings, and lived with those words, moved around, walked with them inside our heads. Continuing with the words and the movement today, we also brought in objects from nature and arranged them around the studio. Like these objects, we are all very different. We differ in how we move, where we come from, how we view the world, and on and on. We are different, but we come together to form images, movement, and art. We all bring our individuality to the process and the creation, and hopefully people see the beauty that is us and our collaboration. By arranging our objects in different locations and different arrangements, we could still see the beauty in each one, no matter how it was presented. We could also still see our individuality in each one. Take a look at the photos and decide for yourselves which arrangement belongs to which person in the company. You can also try to guess which object was brought in by which dancer.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Mind, Body, and Creation

In case you didn't know about our summer intensive, the company has been working with Chelsea Gregory this week. Chelsea is teaching workshops in Body-Mind Centering, which helps us to understand the relationship between our body and mind as well as our bodies and the world around us. This type of work can be quite revealing and sometimes emotional when you release tension that you've been holding in a certain part of the body for a long time. The work also helps us discover different ways of moving, helps us break old habits, and helps us to step out of our comfort zones. You still have two more chances to take class with Chelsea. She will be teaching classes tonight and tomorrow focusing on Body-Mind Centering and social change. Come out and experience this wonderful workshop with the rest of the company.

In other news for the company, we started creating new work with Sue this afternoon, and I have no doubt that all of the information from the intensive will bring new life and creativity to the work we will create. I am so excited to be back in the studio, creating with my fellow dancers. Besides the Body-Mind Centering work with Chelsea, we will also be taking workshops with Ann Law Thursday through Saturday, so be sure to check those out as well. Ann's workshops will be related to risk-taking inside the art of dance-making, exploring new ways of empowering dancers to perform at their full potential through creating dances that aim for personal transformation. We hope you come out and share in these experiences with us. 

Friday, July 19, 2013

TechnoToning with Mary Vallo and Kaitlyn Bryant

The exciting new form of fitness training known as TechnoToning is a revolutionary dance workout incorporating techno and house music into several exercise routines that will help you tone and sculpt your body into perfection. Come join us and learn hot new dance moves as you workout in our club-like atmosphere. As you dance to the invigorating pulse of the music, you’ll quickly realize how fun and easy our program is. The TechnoToning dance workout will forever change the way you feel about getting in shape.

Mary and Kaitlyn teach TechnoToning at CORE Studios Wednesday evenings from 7:30 - 8:30. Check out their website for more information at

Get to know a little more about Mary and Kaitlyn and TechnoToning below:

What do you teach at CORE Studios? TechnoToning. It is a sexy new fitness dance routine for women, guaranteed to get Goddesses fit and have fun!

What got you into teaching?  TechnoToning has been the dream of both Mary Vallo and Kaitlyn Bryant for several years. They created it together to lose weight, resulting in both losing 30 lbs each! They have so much fun doing it together, they decided to brand it and share TechnoToning with women everywhere.

How long have you been teaching?
TechnoToning just launched in the beginning of 2013 and had their first official class April 20th 2013 at CORE Performance Studios.

What adjectives would you use to describe your classes? 
Our classes are fun, sexy, and effective!

Tell us a little bit about what your focus is for your classes?
The focus of TechnoToning is for women to get a full body workout while dancing along with their girlfriends! We create a fun and exciting atmosphere with rockin tunes and sexy dance moves! We want women to find their inner dance goddess and let her shine! We want to make sure every Goddess will achieve toned muscles and a tight tummy! Come sculpt the body of your dreams and have a blast doing it!

Do you have any upcoming projects or events you are excited about? Since we are a brand new start up, we have many upcoming plans for the future! Soon we will be planning to add a second weekly class to our line-up, and progressively grow the business bigger and have classes occurring in numerous places around the city. Next year in 2014, we plan to create a TechnoToning DVD that customers can buy and workout from home!

What do you love about CORE Studios?
TechnoToning loves CORE Studios. The minute we walked into the facility, it felt like home. We had toured other locations around Atlanta, and CORE was our top pick! Since beginning our classes in April we have had a wonderful experience teaching there.