Core of Culture director Joseph Houseal stands in the galleries of Meditation in Motion, Footsteps to the Sublime, next to a goenkhang door from the altar room of the most ferocious protective deities, and a Black Hat sorcerer's hat. A large photo image by Herbert Migdoll of a dancing monk wearing a Black Hat hangs next to the installation.
In October 2014, the first section of the Ballet Society app, Classicism was released. The event drew attention from across the dance community and Ballet schools within New York City. In April 2015, the second topic, Art, was released adding three new chapters of study for users. In Fall 2015 a new topic, Choreography, was released making for a total of three complete topics within the app. Since Autumn 2016, the School of American Ballet has been using the app in their Cultural Program, which includes trips to museums and performances, visits to the Dance Collection at the New York Public Library, moderated panels of choreographers workshopping studies of individual ballets, and three 2-hour seminars each semester using the app with its topics and images as the basis for conversation. This program of conversations is led by New York City Ballet dancer Silas Farley.
With the popularity of the conversations and content, a grant from the William Mullen Fund was given to Core of Culture to develop the app format into a web-based format accessible to all mobile media devices. This removes the problem of access and makes the series of conversations available to all students of ballet at no cost. The new web based version will be release in Spring of 2020. Tune in for more updates.