CORE serves as a training base for students interested in seeking a professional career in dance and is central in the preparation of students for graduate school, teaching positions in education and professional choreography and performance careers in contemporary and aerial dance. CORE members participate in workshops, guest artist residencies, lecture demonstrations and maintain contact with the professional dance world through residencies with choreographers, performers, dance educators and CORE alumni. The company has performed dance repertory choreographed by internationally renowned choreographers including Bebe Miller, Karen Eliot, Bill Young & Colleen Thomas, Molissa Fenley, Alwin Nikolais, Carlos Orta, Sean Curran, Larry Kegwin; and Emily Kent, Joanna Mendel Shaw, Charlotte Boye-Christensen (Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company); Emily and Matt Kent (currently Associate Creative Director) and Alison Chase and Moses Pendleton (founder) of Pilobolus Dance Theatre; as well as aerial artists Susan Murphy and former Cirque du Soleil aerial performers Elsie Smith and Meagan Muller.
An experimental company by nature, CORE performs contemporary modern and aerial dance, post modern, interdisciplinary and technology-based works. Since 1993, CORE has gained notable popularity through several unique collaborations incorporating interactive sound and video mapping, visual arts, literature, martial arts, and since 1999 aerial dance and film has become integral to many full evening multi-media performances. CORE performs for annual main stage concerts and on tour for university, regional, national and international events including numerous events in Atlanta and New York City; the World Dance Alliance Global Summit (NYC, 2010 and Vancouver, BC Canada, 2013); multiple Laban Institute of Movement Studies events including the Global Laban Celebration in Rio de Janeiro (2008), LIMS Anniversary Celebration and LIMS Crossing Boundaries, 2013, 2014; the Robert Osborne Film Festival (2009); three ACDFA galas and at the Kennedy Center for the National American College Dance Festival (2006); and performed throughout China in 2004. CORE has also been invited to perform at numerous universities, including University of Alabama, Florida State University, Emory University, and the University of Utah. The company provides annual outreach concerts, lecture demonstrations and master classes to the public, and for schools in the state and region. CORE Contemporary and Aerial Dance is a pre-professional dance company founded in 1991 under the artistic direction of Bala Sarasvati, Jane Willson Professor in the Arts.