About 200 yards from the Chronicle offices rise two blue buildings adorned with red silhouettes of dancers in mid-air, looking ready to leap off the walls and dance in the Decatur Square. These buildings house the offices and two dance studios of CORE, for nearly 25 years Atlanta’s premier contemporary dance company. CORE moved onto the Decatur Square long before the city’s renaissance, and they’ve done that thing artists do best: seen through the rubble to the beauty that could be and then helped create it.
Through everything from community outreach with local war refugees to ballroom classes to that subtle but scintillating something that comes of having internationally acclaimed professional dancers heading out onto the square for lunch during a break in rehearsal, CORE has been an important partner in the revival of downtown Decatur. CORE’s international touring has also built metro Atlanta’s reputation as a city for dance, and the educational opportunities and facilities CORE makes available to the Atlanta dance community at large have helped grow the dance scene.
But CORE is also where I’ve personally taken hundreds of dance classes, where I’ve made some exceptional friends, and where one of the dance companies in which I perform has created several works over the years. Some of the most compelling contemporary dance I’ve seen has been created and performed by CORE.
That’s why, two years ago, I readily accepted an invitation to join CORE’s board of directors and why, earlier this year, I became the president of that board. It’s why Chronicle partnered with our friends at Lenz, Inc. last year to produce a profile highlighting CORE’s many accomplishments. And it’s why Chronicle is supporting CORE during its Annual Spring Appeal.
I hope you’ll consider joining Chronicle in supporting this extraordinary organization in all its artistic and social efforts. You can contribute online at my First Giving page, or contact me anytime if you’d like to contribute in some other way. Thanks for helping Chronicle support our good friends at CORE.