CORE Performance Company  CORE Performance Company



Phone: (404) 373-4154



Art Disciplines:


Core Content Curriculum Areas:

Physical Education, Dance, Social Studies/History, Healthy eating/Childhood obesity, Science, Math

Specialized Content Areas:           Arts Integration, Healthy eating/Childhood obesity, World Cultures
Grade Levels:  

3-5, 6-8, 9-12

Special Populations: At-risk Students, Special Needs Students


Pre-Service Learning and Professional Development: Professional Development for Teaching Artists, Professional Development for K-12 Teachers


Geographic Availability: Metro Atlanta, North Georgia, Middle Georgia, South Georgia


Program Fees:


$1,320 for 1 performance at a school
$1,650 for 2 performances on the same day at the same school

$274 for 1 workshop (only in conjunction with performance)

$4,500 for 5 days

Artistic Profile:


With 36 years of professional contemporary dance experience, CORE Performance Company is mature and stable. Its artists have extensive experience with students, elders and populations-in-isolation. CORE’s teaching artists are trained to engage youthful audiences and to work with underserved and vulnerable populations. They have developed innovative ways of encouraging self-expression and creative risk in an environment that feels welcoming and safe. Under Artistic Director Sue Schroeder, CORE has developed programs that accommodate varying numbers of participants and all levels of movement experience, ages, abilities and need.
Both short and long-term engagements introduce students to dance and the process of creativity through movement. During residency programs, students may:
- Develop an awareness of the body and its movement potential
- Make creative decisions in structuring body movements
- Discover how everyday life provides the raw material for artistic creations through dance
- Experience the arts of visual and verbal storytelling
- Perceive the significance and place for myth in our lives
- Observe how the concept of contemporary dance relates and differs from other dance forms
- Witness how traditional and non-traditional sources can inspire movement and the creation of dance
- Experience verbal and non-verbal forms of communication
- Discover and experience how a literary form can be represented in dance
- Experience the principles of characterization through movement

Guided by a strong sense of public responsibility, CORE uses dance to teach, to question, to connect, to heal, and to inspire. Successful and mutually-beneficial residency experiences are created with the imagination, resources, and input of artists, educators, administrators, and presenters .

Teaching Experience: In 1980, Schroeder founded CORE Performance Company to create and perform innovative contemporary dance. CORE’s exciting and accessible programming has regularly received acclaim for performances and residencies in the United States and abroad.

Sue Schroeder, Artistic Director and CORE Founder, focuses on the creative process and the exploration of new and unique inspirations for the creation of dance and movement. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Houston and earned her Master’s of Fine Arts in Theater Arts with a dance concentration from the University of Arizona at Tucson in 1994. Educated under dance greats Bill Evans, Hanya Holm, Oliver Kostock and John M. Wilson, among others, Schroeder has additional experience in the extended studies of Body-Mind Centering, Contact Improvisation, Modern Dance and Composition. A recipient of the Haldeman Award for Merit and the Cultural Multiplicators from Foreign Countries Award from the Goethe Institut-Munich, Schroeder has secured numerous grants and fellowships from organizations such as Alternate ROOTS, the City of Atlanta Bureau of Cultural Affairs, the Georgia Council for the Arts, the Texas Commission on the Arts, the Cultural Arts Council of Houston/Harris County, Dance USA and the National Endowment for the Arts. An accomplished teacher and choreographer, Sue Schroeder’s experience includes single and multi-day presentations across the United States and abroad.
Sample Programs: Life Interrupted (Grades 9-12) is a rich mix of dance, art and music that draws from experiences of Japanese-American citizens who were interned in America during WW II. This work creates a universal experience from the historical events. Includes study guide and post-performance discussion.Enthusiastic student discussions have ranged from movement and dance to post-war emigration, xenophobia and the politics of “the other”. A vivid experience.Assembly performances: Length: 90 minutes, Up to 3 per day. Technical requirements: 25x25 stage or large space, high quality CD player and microphone.

Heart of the Matter (Grades 3-4) uses dance as a learning strategy to encourage both healthy eating and the healthy expression of feelings to overcome childhood obesity and eating disorders. Includes participation throughout the show and post-performance discussion.HOM is interactive through verbal, movement and writing exercises and addresses not only the body image but the resulting stress, peer pressure and bullying that can accompany eating disorders.Assembly performances: Length: 90 minutes, Up to 3 per day. Technical requirements: 25x25 stage or large space, high quality CD player and microphone.

Moving Ovations (Grades 6-12) introduces students to the art of contemporary dance using CORE’s works by three contemporary women choreographers and Corazon Abierto (Heart Opening), a celebration of Mayan culture.Incorporates lecture/demonstration designed to introduce students to the art of contemporary dance.Assembly performances: Length: 90 minutes, Up to 3 per day. Technical requirements: 25x25 stage or large space, high quality CD player and microphone.

Communities and schools more than 100 miles from metro Atlanta are encouraged to partner with each other to defray cost of overnight stays and for reduced fees. For residencies, we require five-day engagements. Please contact CORE to create an ideal residency for your community and ask about curriculum tie-ins, assessments, and arts integration trainings.
Sample Lesson Plans/Study Guides:
Program Photos and Videos:

Life Interrupted 1

Life Interrupted 2

Life Interrupted 3

Life Interrupted 4

Life Interrupted 5

Waltz, High Museum of Art