Be a Part of the 47th Annual CODE Conference - Claiming Our Voices

CODE is thrilled to announce that the 2017 Conference page is live and accepting registrations for the 47th Annual Conference, Claiming Our Voices.  From October 13-15, Deerhurst Resort in Huntsville, Ontario will become the place to be for drama and dance educators and artists!The vision of the conference is to celebrate, inspire and learn about the diverse voices that make up our drama and dance community. We have artists, educators and academics from diverse backgrounds sharing their dance and drama work around equity issues, arts advocacy, teacher and student wellness and the lenses which shape understanding.  To learn more about the conference, read on!

In Memorium: Helen Zdriluk

CODE is tremendously saddened by the loss of an important member of our community, Helen Zdriluk. Helen was an inspiring drama educator, Artistic Director of Centre Stage Theatre School, and instructor at Brock University. She has been a great champion of CODE for many years, and was instrumental in co-ordinating the Brock volunteer students who make our conferences so special. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her. Funeral and vistatation information can be found here. 

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!  

Century Song - Member Discount!

 Nightwood Theatre presents Century Song at Crow’s Theatre from April 18 - 29. This is dazzling, inter-disciplinary show. Take advantage of Discounted tickets for CODE members April 25th and 26th!

Join us for a “Play” Date!

You and your fellow arts educators are invited to share in an interactive playshop & round table discussion on Saturday May 6th, hosted by Mirvish Productions and The Travelling Stage. In this 2-hour playshop session you will experience a sampling of the workshops that are currently available for student group bookings, including three of the most popular units: Character Building, Latin Dance & Movement, and Rhythm & Body Percussion. We will also gather for a round table discussion to exchange ideas and hear how we can better support your needs.

World Theatre Day

March 27 is World Theatre Day!Created in 1961 by the International Theatre Institute, today is a day we celebrate the power of imagination, the importance of telling stories and the power of the theatre to do just that. 

The CODE Management Board is Inspired With a Weekend at Akinomaagaye Gaamik: House of Learning

From March 3rd to 5th the CODE Management Board held our annual retreat in order to plan for the activities of the coming year, including the CODE Conference. One important priority this year is decolonizing our practice, updating, reflecting on and redefining our Equity lens. This year’s retreat was instrumental in furthering the new relationship between CODE and the First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Education Association of Ontario (FNMIEAO). The retreat was held on the territory of the Mississaugas of the New Credit, all hosted by Nancy Rowe at Akinomaagaye Gaamik: House of Learning.  Read on to learn about this incredible experience!

Intersection, Drama & Resistance: A Conference for Emerging Drama in Education Scholars & Practitioners

Sunday, June 4th 12-4PM Young People’s Theatre (YPT)We live in a time where many young people are experiencing precariousness, dispossession, and fears for the future. In this historical moment, we see an enlivening social response to structural injustice that is led by and particularly involves youth. This conference aims to examine current complex local, national, and global issues through dramatic work with youth. Find out more about the call for papers!

47th CODE Conference Claiming our Voices - Registration Coming Soon

CLAIMING OUR VOICESDeerhurst Resort, Huntsville, Ontario, Canada Friday through Sunday – October 13th to 15th, 2017 One of the many strengths of dance and drama is the potential to allow students to explore a variety of perspectives and embody new ideas and concepts. As drama and dance educators we need to provide students with opportunities to experiment with various roles, use drama and dance as a vehicle to explore a variety of perspectives, and claim their voice through the roles they embody and the movements they create. We, as educators, must also examine our own voices. Where do we fit in in the landscape of Arts advocacy? How can we include a variety of perspectives, cultures, identities and experiences in our classrooms? What part do we play in fostering student creativity? Join us at the CODE conference as we work together to Claim our Voices! Registration opening soon.

Dance and the Child International (daCi) Canada - Call for Workshop Proposals

Dance and the Child International (daCi) CanadaJune 8 – 10, 2017 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewanfor the daCi Canada Gathering‘We Dance Because …’Call for ProposalsIn June 2017, daCi Canada, with support from Dance Saskatchewan Inc. will host a three-day gathering that will bring together children, youth and adults to celebrate dance. The focus of the gathering is to examine how young people experience dance and what the role of dance educators, researchers, administrators, public officials, teacher training institutions, and young people themselves play in the development of a healthy and vibrant dance education.

CODE Regional Forums

CODE is excited to share new Forum groups for members to connect with drama and dance educators in your region and your regional rep. Read more to get connected!