On “Playing Pretend”: Making Space for “The Real” in Elementary Education

As an artistic community who are heavily invested in the health of drama and dance education in Ontario, it is important to celebrate some of the great work being done with Pre-Service educators at the university level.  The importance of effective pedagogy in drama and dance education in Ontario Faculties of Ed. is vital to the future of these art forms in schools. Under the guidance of Professor Christine Jackson, pre-service student Jessamyn Polson has written a paper that explores the role that drama and dance can play in assisting with the exploration of potentially difficult themes and topics in an elementary setting.  Both Christine and Jessamyn have been kind enough to share their work with CODE. Read on for context and insight from Christine Jackson and to read the paper submitted by Jessamyn.A big thank-you to both for the exciting work you do on behalf of students and the arts.  Bravo!  

Call for Secondary Writers

We are pleased to announce that the Council of Ontario Drama and Dance Educators will be developing resource materials to support Intermediate/Senior teachers with the implementation of the Drama and Dance curriculum in the context of Inquiry learning. The development of resources reflects CODE’s mandate to encourage and support Drama and Dance in education in Ontario.Writing teams will create resources to support secondary teachers in the facilitation of student-led inquiry in dance and drama. These resources will be available to CODE members on our website at www.code.on.ca.

Dance and Drama Summer AQs

Are you looking for an AQ in Dance or Drama this summer? Check out our listings by CODE region!

Free Prologue Children's Festival

From our friends at Prologue to the Performing Arts:Prologue Children's Festival: May 25 at the YPT!A smorgasbord of FREE, family fun will be served up Monday May 25 at 7 p.m., when the Prologue Children’s Festival for the Arts presents a jaw-dropping variety of award-winning Canadian talent at Young People’s Theatre! 

Registration Is Open for the 45th Annual CODE Conference in Mississauga, Ontario

CODE is excited to announce the launch of its website for the 45th Annual Conference, Drama, Dance and the Discovery of WE.  This year, hundreds of incredible educators, artists, pre-service teachers and advocates of the arts will join together from October 23-25, 2015 at the Hilton Mississauga/Meadowvale to celebrate, explore, share and develop exciting tools in the teaching of drama and dance.  This conference is going to be huge and we would love you to be a part of it! Please peruse the exciting events that will be offered, and register to be a part of this wonderful weekend! 

Happy International Dance Day!

April 29th is International Dance Day! Since 1982, this worldwide event has helped to raise the profile of Dance as an important performing art in all corners of the world. REcognised by UNESCO, World Dance Day events are happening around the world. Tell CODE what you're doing to celebrate! Send photos and information to publications@code.on.ca to be included in an upcoming post. 

Theatre Ontario's Summer Theatre Intensive

From our friends at Theatre Ontario...Experience a week away from all distractions and immerse yourself in a unique theatrical learning experience. You will learn new skills, meet passionate theatre people, enrich your theatre capacity, and flex your creative muscle!

Resource: Dancing to Learn

Dancing to Learn is grounded in the new brain sciences and integrated with knowledge in education, the arts, humanities, and social sciences. This book explains that dance is nonverbal language with similar places and education processes in the brain as verbal language, thus a powerful means of expression.  Dance is physical exercise that sparks new brain cells (neurogenesis) and neural plasticity, the brain’s amazing abil­ity to change through­out life—I'm dancing--flamenco, belly dance, jazz, and salsa!). Moreover, dance is a means to help us cope with stress that can motivate or interfere with learning. We acquire knowledge and develop cognitively because dance bulks up the brain and, consequently, dance as an art, recreational, educational, and or therapeutic form is a good investment in the brain. The “brain that dances” is changed by it.

Dance is Elementary to Education

CODE Secretary Clyre Lyndley published an article in the Spring 2015 edition of ETFO Voice. 

Former CODE President Selected as Toronto Arts Council Fellow

Christine Jackson, former CODE President and current Toronto DSB Program Coordinator for the Arts, has been chosen as one of an esteemed group of artists and educators to participate in the inaugural Toronto Arts Council Cultural Leaders Lab. 

Bur Oak Secondary School breaks down barriers with "Shoes"

The Special Needs class of Bur Oak Secondary School in Markham made history on March 3, 2015, when they competed at the Ontario Sears Drama Festival. This unique show titled “Shoes” featured youth who are living with challenges such as autism, developmental delays, and Downs Syndrome. In visually innovative ways, the show explores the hopes and dreams of these young people.