SEVERAL DANCERS CORE INC

Rating: 4.75 stars   12 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: P. O. Box 2045 Decatur GA 30031 USA

Mission: CORE (formerly Several Dancers Core) is a professional dance organization that creates, performs, and presents contemporary dance, and is dedicated to opening channels of communication and education between artists and the community.

2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

A couple years ago, a close friend became involved in CORE. Although I live in Florida, I was happy to support a group beyond my local area, where I support The Florida Ballet, a neighbor of my business. On a recent trip to Atlanta, I was able tour the CORE studios and attend a performance, which truly validated my continued support. Being able to see first-hand the creativity that had captured my friend's enthusiasm also captured me. CORE clearly is committed to developing programs of leading-edge creativity and to using their studios for the benefit of the arts community. I look forward to coordinating future visits to attend performances.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Experiencing and even participating in the creative process.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Publicize CORE in more regional media.

Rating: 5 stars  

Several Dancers CORE is a remarkable arts organization and contributor to the creative landscape that impacts the human experience. CORE creates meaningful, community-centered work that is approachable, accessible, interactive and inclusive.

I have been closely involved with CORE over the past year as a Board member. Prior to that, I only knew about the company from a distance—primarily from their performances. During that time, I was working with colleagues to create an organization to support the local dance community and raise audience awareness throughout the region. CORE helped us get off the ground by supporting our efforts with staffing infrastructure, meeting space, marketing tools and mentorship... essentially helping us to help others.

Everyone at CORE sincerely cares about the people who can be touched by their art and helped with their resources, yet they are also humbled to be influenced and inspired by people for whom they perform and serve.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

productive Board meetings along with mindful and forward-thinking interactions with staff members who each excel in their own way to professionally further the company's mission. I have seen great interest and attendance at CORE's Lunch Time in the Studio and Salons where people from the surrounding community participate in the company's open and welcoming process for developing new work. Attendees have come to trust that when asked to offer their input it is valued and integrated into the process.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

probably not change anything in the operational model CORE has adapted and refined over the past thirty years. It is well-run and has stood the test of time in artistic vision, opportunities for working artists, community engagement, and practical application of its business plan (despite economic constraints). Rather than change this model, I would try to enhance it with expanded, committed and diverse funding streams, high visibility, and public awareness of the breadth and depth of their great work.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

From a Board perspective, we aim to diversify funding partnerships, expand corporate sponsorship opportunities, cultivate our donor base, and flesh out innovative ways to develop funding strategies beyond the revenue and grants the staff already secure.

What is its top priority in the long run?

To become a greater force for growing dancers, choreographers, and audiences in our own communities and in the communities to which we travel and to create meaningful opportunities for all stakeholders in the organization.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Rating: 5 stars  

I first became aware of CORE about 10 years ago, when I was a dance critic for Creative Loafing. I greatly admired the performance company's globally diverse, intellectually expansive, and generously souled work. It was not until many years later, when I was asked to join the company's board of directors, that I came to understand the deep and far reach of this organization. So many dancers, choreographers, and other artists in metro Atlanta and Houston have either been a part of CORE or have grown through programs offered by CORE. So many people have had the opportunity to not only see but better understand dance through CORE's presentations. And so many people have been helped through CORE's community outreach programs. I'm proud to be a part of such a remarkable organization and to work with such amazing people.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've come to understand dance far better through CORE's work, have been inspired and educated about the world, have felt uplifted, have made new friends, and have studied with one of CORE's professional dancers to become a better dance myself.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them the resources to do bigger what they currently do on barely enough. It's remarkable what they accomplish with very little. I'd like to see what they can accomplish with all that they need.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

First learned of them when I was a dance critic and wrote about their dances.

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

Greater diversity and reliability of funding streams in the aftermath of the economic downturn.

What is its top priority in the long run?

Become a greater force for growing dancers, choreographers, and audiences in Atlanta and Houston.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Rating: 5 stars  

I have served in different roles with Several dancers Core over the last 12 + yrs. I feel blessed to be involved with an organization that creates a sacred space for art and artistic process, actively finding ways to have a powerful impact on individuals and communities. There is so much more here than dance.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I feel that dance is an art form that can connect us so powerfully to the plights and joys of being human. Whether it is audience members at a big stage performance or someone who walks in to an intimate studio event or senior citizens participating in workshops, the ability for this organization to reach people and offer a catalyst for positive change continually amazes me.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would just like more people to know about Several Dancers Core.

Rating: 5 stars  

CORE has been a part of my life for the past 10 years and has been a strong, committed, and active part of the arts community for over 25 years. CORE provides many things for many people - from a free opportunity to see the creative process over lunch to a career as a dancer for the company members. CORE adds tremendously to the dance community not only by producing their own creative works on the stage but also by bringing in talented artists from around the world to share their work with the community. CORE helped me fulfill a personal lifelong dream of dancing and performing nationally and internationally - an opportunity that does not come along very often.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

watching them celebrate 30 years as a non-profit dance organization that pays their working artists!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

help them continue their efforts to ensure that all of the artists are creatively fed so that they can keep making contemporary works that stimulate and inspire.

Rating: 5 stars  

Several Dancers Core, "Core Performance" is keeping inovative dance alive, energizing their community, building bridges to other cultures and educating, as they capture new audiences. When you attend a "Core Performance" you will be changed and enlighntened. Their performances take you on a journey and inspires you long after its over.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Watching them use Dance to teach Language Arts to a diverse group of more than 11 Cultures/Languages.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make sure they had enough money and staff to expand their reach to more schools, communities, and organizations.

Rating: 5 stars  

CORE enhances our community by creating and presenting contemporary dance as a vital means of human expression. I first attended a Lunchtime in the Studio event as a means of experiencing something that was new to me, and I was inspired by what I saw.



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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have attended several Lunchtime in the Studio events that showcase the many aspects of CORE in an informal setting. The attendees see some of the company’s newest work and discuss and offer feedback to the artists.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would like to see local public relations organizations become involved in helping to increase attendance at performances.

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

CORE is an organization that gives the the opportunity to live my dream as a performing artist. Not only that, I am also able to inspire others through dance by performing in schools for kids, working with the elderly, and reaching audiences in the formal theatrical setting. Core keeps me linked in to my community and the world around me by allowing me to pursue a dream!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

being an active company member and ambassador for what our organization stands for artistically.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

help them continue to serve our local community and try to spread the word to reach a wider audience.

Rating: 4 stars  

I have been a contributor to CORE for nearly 20 years. I have seen them grow in numerous ways in the time that I have supported them, and they currently offer many opportunities for enhanced community life. Focused on supporting both working artists and the communities they serve through the work that they do, CORE makes the best use of the resources available to them as is possible. I would like to see CORE continue to focus on engaging the community in the early stages of developing programs and content, so that the community needs are at the forefront of the work that they do.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

attending Lunchtime in the Studio, Salons and mainstage performances, as well as at the Bayou City Art Festival in Houston, Texas.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase some of the fees that they charge for some of the services that they provide.

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 4 stars  

Several Dancers Core, for 30 years, has served the Decatur and Houston community with dance. It is amazing to work for an organization that has a hand on the local people and not just other artists and dancers. CORE gets to perform for people that may never get to see Contemporary dance and what a gift to give! I feel lucky to work everyday with creative people who are determined to make a dance non-profit staying the test of time!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Events like Salon, Lunchtime in the Studio, and as a teacher for Dynamic X-Change.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make the studio space more local contemporary dance artist friendly so that they can do space shares etc and the studio is continuously full of creative people.

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