Kaeja d'Dance would like to offer a 20% discount for CODE members to the April 13, 14 or 15th evening performances (8:00 PM) of their upcoming show - 20/20 Vision. This "future-spective spin" features four new works, celebrating the company's 20th anniversary.
How can we produce art that reflects, celebrates, critiques and advances the cultural life of our community without contributing to the destruction of the setting that inspires these artistic endeavours?
The Dance Festival Step Into Motion will take place in Cornwall May 18th to the 21st 2011 and the theme is "Taking it to the streets". The purpose of the Festival is to promote Dance in the schools and in the Eastern region of Ontario. Discounts will be offered to all CODE members.
You are cordially invited to The 41st Annual Council of Ontario Drama and Dance Educators’ Provincial Conference, at Blue Mountain Resorts, Blue Mountains, ON.
Reach: Drama and Dance Beyond the Classroomwill highlight the third strand of the expectations in the Ontario Arts Document. CODE, in partnership with the Ontario Arts Council, is delighted to be able to share and model artist, teacher, and community partnerships. Such partnerships not only enrich the educational experience of students but also the life of the community. . .
Submitted by Kim Snider on March 10, 2011 - 7:50pm
A Special Offer for CODE Conference Attendees! As the Shaw Festival’s Artistic Director and as a parent, Jackie Maxwell understands the benefits of the arts in the lives of young people. In celebration of our 50th Season, she would like to extend this special offer to your school in our exciting landmark 2011 season.
Rose Theatre in Brampton is offering a FREE sneak-peek at the upcoming Arts Adventures Season. This event will offer attending teachers the first opportunity to reserve seats for all school performances in the 2011-2012 season. We encourage you to bring along your teacher friends and perhaps introduce someone new to the theatre!
In the Fall, Julie Hartley (Director of Centauri Arts and Centauri Summer Arts Camp) ran a workshop for the CODE Conference based on a text book she is working on, which explores creative approaches to rehearsals and performance. The workshop was very well received, and has now been extended into a full day session which will take place in Toronto on Sunday April 10th.
Many of you have inquired about CODE's response to the Conservative Party's remarks about Justin Trudeau's ability to be a leader based on his work history, which included two years as a drama teacher. Below is CODE's official statement to the media about these remarks.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Council of Ontario Drama and Dance Educators (CODE)
The True Value of the Drama Teacher
Toronto, Ontario, April 2013
Suggesting that those who teach Drama are unworthy of leadership, or somehow lesser than those who lead is ignorant of the true value of drama in developing young people. The Council of Ontario Drama and Dance Educators is not affiliated with any political party and generally does not comment on federal politics. Education is a provincial matter. However, we do, as an organization, resent the negative connotations of the remark about Justin Trudeau’s experience as a drama teacher. Drama is a vital part of the curriculum at both the elementary and secondary school level. Participation in drama engages students and provides a powerful way for them to express their knowledge, ideas and to explore their understanding of the world around them. As Sir Ken Robinson says, “Creativity is as important now in education as literacy and we should treat it with the same status.” “The educators teaching this subject are highly skilled and trained. They are leaders in their schools and communities, developing our leaders of tomorrow, they are not ‘in over their heads.’ Our organization supports this profession with pride and passion,” states Brooke Charlebois, President of the Ontario Council of Dance and Drama Educators (CODE)
Drama is one of four mandatory arts subjects in Ontario.
The province of Ontario Arts Curriculum outlines that: "[Students] can identify common values, both aesthetic and human, in various works of art, and in doing so, increase their understanding of others. The arts can also encourage students to be responsible and critically literate members of society and citizens of the world. Students can learn to approach issues and present ideas and points of view in new ways and to challenge perceptions, while engaging their audience."
“Drama in fact, is a critical subject area that provides multiple tools and skills to help students to succeed in our very complex and ever changing modern world. They develop imagination, creativity, emotional literacy, communication skills, problem solving, and other critical thinking skills. All of these are essential skills for the 21st century citizen. Current education research demonstrates over and over that we need our future thinkers to be creative, critical, effective problem solvers who are process driven, flexible, open to change and able to create change themselves. This issue is not just about education but in fact our social, political and economic future,” says Charlebois.
The skills students learn in drama class are easily transferable to their experiences in the real world. Those who teach these skills are themselves leaders in education and our communities and should be respected as such. They are contributing to our children’s welfare and the welfare of our future economy.
Who we are: CODE is the Ontario provincial subject association for dance and drama. Our goal, as stated in our bylaws is to "encourage and support the development of drama and dance in education in Ontario".
To do this, we
Promote strong arts education in schools and communities across Ontario
Provide a forum a forum for the exchange of ideas among those involved in drama and dance in education
Provide leadership and advocacy in drama and dance in education
Provide professional development in those involved in drama and dance in education
Cooperate with existing arts agencies and education organizations.