Sneak Peek at CODE in the 6ix and CODE in the County One-Day Conferences!

Registration will soon be launching for our 'CODE on the Road' series of conferences in Toronto and Prince Edward County! Learn more about these fantastic one-day professional development opportunities.

Drama and Dance in Faculties of Education: An Update

CODE is inviting its members and concerned drama and dance educators to check out this Advocacy page. Now is the time to advocate for Drama and Dance in Pre-Service Education programs at Faculties of Education as the programs are re-imagined for the two year pre-service program. Feedback is required by September, 30th, 2013. Please consider sending an email. Have a look at this wiki created by committed Ontario dance and drama educators:

Stagecraft Posters and Elements of Stage – An Illustrated Handbook of the Theatre

Stagecraft Posters and Elements of Stage – An Illustrated Handbook of the Theatre are a quick visual reference; an overview of the terms, technology and techniques of theatre. Students gain confidence by quickly understanding the language of theatre. This set of 5 instantly downloadable posters and the 60 plus page handbook are a great resource, perfect for the class room, rehearsal hall, backstage or the green room.As an introduction to theatre, or as a refresher to the old hand, Stagecraft Posters provide a consistency of terms and ideas—from areas of the stage to a lighting board—so that everyone is on the same stage. The Elements of Stage – An Illustrated Handbook of the Theatre is a print-your-own downloadable digital file that can also be used for visual classroom presentations. The PDF file contains quick quizzes and fast facts. I know this resource would be of great value to your association members. To download these files, visit

CODIES Abroad: National Drama 2013 Adventures!

Tags: Drama, Event
Greenwich University in London was an amazing place to be for Drama teachers July 4 -7, 2013. I was thrilled to attend the National Drama conference in the UK. The theme, Heathcote Reconsidered, was an incredible opportunity to learn from, share with and explore drama in education ideas in process drama, mantle of the expert, rolling role and more as influenced and on by the foundational work of drama matriarch, Dorothy Heathcote. National Drama is one of two UK Drama subject associations.  Greenwich University is a world heritage site and there were educators from around the world itself there to share ideas on Drama in Education.

Back to Basics CODE Conference: Early Bird Rate

Don't forget to sign up for this year's exciting CODE Conference by July 31st to get the early bird rate! Join hundreds of dance and drama teachers and artists at Deerhurst Resort. Click on the link below for more info!

Join CODE on Twitter!

Come and follow CODE on Twitter @dramadancecode and get updates about all things drama and dance! Find interesting links and share your thoughts with other CODE members!

National Roundtable for Teacher Education in the Arts

Brooke Charlebois and I had the pleasure of attending the annual National Roundtable for Teachers Education in the Arts in June, 2013. We were excited to lias and attend panel discussions with arts education faculty members, artist educators, classroom teachers, advocates and other stakeholders for arts in education such as the Ontario College of Teachers.  Check out the website at To read more about these meetings and the agenda, click here!

People for Education's Final Report 2013: Arts Recommendations

Hi CODE members,A valued CODE member and former board member, Jane Deluzio, wrote into People for Education to ask about their 2013 final report. You can read the final report here: her response, Jane reminded and asked about People for Education's equal support of ALL the arts: dance, drama, visual art and music.  She got a fantastic response, check it out here: are encouraging CODE members to respond to People for Education in their online form. To get more information, click read more!

An American Perspective on Why the Arts Matter

 Have a look at this powerful Arts Education advocacy document coming out of the United States. An interesting read with great resources on why arts in education make students successful in school, work and life. Arts Education Partnership, who wrote the report has a great website and links to all kinds of resources.

Activity of the WeekMembers only

For students who are brand new to improv, this is an excellent introduction to the idea of receiving what your fellow performer provides you on stage as opposed to simply pre-planning what your actions and dialogue will be.ACTIVITY: Send and AcceptTYPE OF ACTIVITY: Improv; Warm-up; Concentration; Reacting

Pulse Summer Hip Hop Intensive

Tags: Dance
Since 2006, the Pulse Ontario Youth Dance Conference has supported teacher and student learning through dynamic workshops with professional artists.  In keeping with Pulse's mandate to provide rich professional development opportunities to dance educators, Pulse will be running a 2 week dance institute focusing on the art and history of Hip-Hop dance. Its aim is to dispel some of the common misconceptions about Hip-Hop, and provide educators with an enriching experience based in sound and informed practice. Our main goal is to support the growth and development of Urban dance, and with a tremendously knowledgeable group of hip-hop artists at the helm (including Pulse 2012 keynote speaker Mariano Abarca), this experience will provide dance educators with the background information necessary to better inform their teaching practice.