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posted: 10/12/2012 2:01 PM

Core Project Chicago to with Gifford school kids

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Core Project Chicago's education and outreach arm, Community Moves, will hold a three-day after school program Monday, Oct. 15, through Wednesday, Oct. 17, for fourth- and fifth-graders at Harriet Gifford Elementary School in Elgin.

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The workshop will teach students the tricks of the video media trade, as well as introduce them to techniques of various dance styles. Instructors from Core Project will lead the students in the production of their own video or choreographic work. The workshop will culminate in presentations of the students' work for fellow students and families Tuesday, Oct. 23.

Core Project Chicago is a nonprofit, dance-based interdisciplinary arts collective pushing the boundaries of storytelling. They are committed to collaborative exploration of the human journey through movement, music, video and text in live performance.

Core Project's mission is to empower communities through arts performance and education. Through their Community Moves arm, the collective's artists work with artists of all ages and interests to get people moving, inspired and expressive within the artistic outlet of their choosing.

Groups work with CPC artists to develop material, dance, create, engage and present their creations through culminating performances in the form of dance concerts, installations, roving site-specific performances or anything they may think to create.

Core Project was co-founded in 2007 by Elgin native Erin Rehberg, who is now the company's sole artistic director. Since its inception, Core Project's artistic and educational work has been seen around the United States.

In the past year, Community Moves has worked with artists in Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, and in Murfreesboro, Tenn., where it received a Bonnaroo Works Fund Grant to work with the Murfreesboro City Schools, bringing its dance and media workshops to their elementary school classrooms.

Gifford and Core Project also hope to take a group of students and their parents into Chicago Saturday, Oct. 20 for a tour of the company's current performance space, a behind-the-scenes look at concert production and a shared performance experience with the students and the professional artists.

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