CORE Contemporary Dance (originally CORE Dance Collective) was founded in 2007 by Kelli Leighton and a group of dancers who wanted to do more than just “go through the motions” of choreography. CORE stands for “Collection Of Real Experiences”, and by drawing from the pain or triumph of their own life experiences, the dancers give their performances genuine emotional depth. Being a member of the company challenges dancers both physically and emotionally, as they share their most vulnerable moments during the creative process. As human beings, we all feel the struggle of joy and sorrow, success and failure, and love and hate in our daily lives. This struggle constitutes our common bond with the rest of humanity, and the success of CORE results in part from its recognition and celebration of this universal connection that we have with each other.

As home to CORE Contemporary Dance, Leighton Dance Project provides the students and community with an ongoing connection with a professional dance company, both as artists and role models.

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At LDP, we seek to instill a strong foundation of skills in our students. To do this, we recognize the need to have a sturdy foundation ourselves. As we've built our institution from the ground up, we have created a space where students are free to explore without judgement under the guidance of a staff who has access to every resource necessary to provide the highest quality of instruction.

​Some points of pride regarding LDP's facility:

  • ​​A state-of-theart building, 7700 square feet and completely remodeled
  • 5 large studios, fitted with top-of-the-line sprung floors and individually equipped to accommodate the needs of each specific genre, so as to ensure that no student experiences unnecessary injury
  • Ballet studio can be split into two working studios to maximize use of space when needed
  • Professional-grade sound systems and soundproof dividing walls
  • Flat-screen TVs to provide instant video playback as a visual teaching tool
  • Lobby with viewing monitor for parents to see what is happening in each studio
  • on-site Wifi provided
  • Student lounge with amenities such as stretching bands and rollers, a refrigerator and microwave, and cubbies for dance and school bags, making it a perfect place to do homework between classes
  • Security cameras to ensure child safety and to protect personal property

At Leighton Dance Project, we offer a nurturing environment where learning and growth are always the first priority. We value discipline and technique as crucial components of dance instruction, but believe that the passion and spirit behind this training must also  be constantly nourished. We celebrate dance as a tremendously powerful art form, and therefore seek to provide a complete and well-rounded education to any dancer who seeks to obtain it. We strive to cultivate an atmosphere of camaraderie and respect where students can succeed amidst the support of those who share their passion. We especially hope to instill in our students the drive to accomplish their goals and anticipate the moments when we can witness and share in their triumph.

The faculty at LDP is committed to building a solid foundation from the ground up, with clear goals and expectations from day one. Classes are taught by a cohesive, highly qualified, and professional staff whose utmost priority is to see that each student fulfill his or her highest potential. At Leighton Dance Project, we have a place for every dancer.

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