CORE Contemporary Dance

Artistic Director & Choreographer:

Kelli Leighton


CORE dancers embody the powerful athleticism of the art of movement.

 Artistic Director Kelli Leighton's signature contemporary style is athletic and technical- her voice innovative and the synchronization on stage appears effortless.



We are believers in the importance of the Mind, Body, and the Spirit. 

We value the creative spirit in every person, and aim to leave audience members "feeling something"- whatever that may be.


CORE's performances are vibrant- full of raw, sincere emotion and genuine human connection.

Our work is inspired by the experience of simply being human- the struggles, the triumph, and the strength we find in community.



"RISE" at The Harris Center

Celebrate the return of Artistic Director Kelli Leighton’s 2015 work – “Rise,” inspired by her late grandmother’s amazing life and her triumph over adversity. Circumstances in our lives are often out of our control, and hardships can feel insurmountable. It is our choice to let our spirit be burdened by these troubles, or to rise above them – free of bitterness or anger – to live a hopeful and joyous life.