CORE dancer Rose Shields performs with other company members.
CORE dancer Rose Shields performs with other company members.

By Martha Nodar

CORE Atlanta – a nonprofit, contemporary dance organization based in Decatur – launches its 30th season by participating in events at the High Museum in conjunction with two exhibitions.

CORE’s first performance of the season will be a Waltz-inspired show at the High on Oct. 23, at: 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., as part of “A Royal Affair—Opening Party for Habsburg Splendor.” The performance is free with the price of museum admission.

“We love collaborating with CORE,” said Erin Dougherty, the High’s head of public programs and community engagement. “They bring such passion and creativity to every project they work on. CORE’s performance adds another layer to our patrons’ experience on top of viewing the art work.”

Sue Schroeder, CORE’s founder and artistic director, said her company is committed to the creative process.

“We respect the museum and try to create an intentional kinetic entry point to the exhibition for the museum patrons,” she said.

To that end, CORE member Joshua Rackliffe of Little Five Points, who is choreographing for the upcoming event, said he has been studying the Habsburg dynasty. He said he is selecting Waltz compositions that are “complimentary with the Habsburg collection.”

“The Waltz is a dynamic piece of music that is indicative of high society, civility, and gracefulness,” he said. “I plan to incorporate music that will represent the themes of the rise and fall of the empire.”

Rose Shields, a fellow CORE member and one of the performers in the show, said she is drawn to the Waltz.

“The spiral element of the Waltz makes you lose sense of what’s around you,” she said. “You give-in and fall into the rhythm.”

Next spring, CORE members will perform at the High on May 6 and 13 at 7:30 p.m. in conjunction with the exhibit “Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion,” which runs from Nov. 7 to May 15, 2016.

To learn more about CORE’s other performances around Atlanta this season and the classes and workshops being offered at its studio, visit

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.