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.

The STAGES Student Drama Conference coming to University of Toronto Scarborough Campus

CODE is thrilled to announce the STAGES Student Drama Conference!  The STAGES Student Drama Conference will provide secondary school students and teachers with the opportunity to work with Ontario artists over a two day conference at the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus (UTSC). The conference will run from May 12 to May 13, 2017, and over these two days, artists will work with students and teachers in exploring the importance of drama as a tool to identify, deconstruct and understand global issues and communities. While students, both novice and experienced in drama, will gain valuable development of their performance skills, the conference will also challenge students to explore how drama can be a catalyst in our understanding of social issues, past and present, and how the arts allow us to explore with depth the cultural, personal and emotional ramifications of these issues.

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!

CODE Night at The Theatre - Project: Humanity's Production of FREEDOM SINGER

On Tuesday February 7, join fellow CODE members at Crow's Nest Theatre for a performance of Project:Humanity's production of FREEDOM SINGER.  CODE members will receive exclusive discounted tickets to the fabulous production. The world premier is co-created by Khari Wendall McClelland and Andrew Kushnir with CBC's Jodie Martinson.  Hit the link to read more!  

An Incredible Opportunity for Students - Youth Artists For Justice

Youth Artists For Justice is a 15-week program that integrates performing arts, community education and collaborative action research with youth participants at YPT in Toronto (with a parallel program happening at Citi Performing Arts Center in Boston).  In this hybrid/online community-based action research project, participants at each site will choose a topic based on the question, "What do you wish you had more influence over in society?" Using research in to their chosen topic, each group will create a theatrical piece, which may consist of any number of artistic forms.

CODE President Explores Sustainability through Drama with York Preservice Students

This past November, teacher candidates at the Regent Park site participated in a drama workshop to explore sustainability issues and global citizenship through a social justice lens. The workshop, which was presented by Sarah Papoff from the Council of Drama and Dance Educators (CODE), provided the students with an opportunity to explore how they could use drama in their future teaching practice(s) as a creative and effective way to explore global issues with their students.

CMEC Launches Online Copyright Resource For Teachers

As Drama and Dance educators, we may occasionally encounter questions surrounding copyright issues with texts used in class.  This excellent resource may be a huge help.  Check it out. 

Prologue To The Performing Arts Celebrates 50 Inspiring Years

For 50 years, Prologue To The Performing Arts has been connecting educators with some of the brightest artists in the province.  The invaluable expertise of the artists in Ontario has been able to reach countless numbers of students and educators through the tireless work of Prologue, and its founder, Patty Jarvis.  In celebration of 50 fabulous years, Patty Jarvis has written a wonderful blog about Prologue's past and future, and the wonderful relationship that CODE and Prologue has had over the years.   Check out the blog here!

An Inspiring Spoken Word Workshop with Inuk Artist Taqralik Partridge

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Taqralik Partridge is an Inuit poet and spoken word artist from Kuujuak, a town in Nunavik, the most northern part of Quebec. CODE rep Jennifer Giancola had the wonderful opportunity to participate in a Spoken word and writing workshop with Taqralik at the Centre for Indigenous Theatre on Nov 4th. This workshop was part of the NWIA's (Native Women in the Arts) first Inuit showcase in the Kwe Performance Series. 

In Memoriam: Debra McLauchlan

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Dr. Debra McLauchlan, a valuable member of the drama education community and a cherished CODE colleague. Debra was a professor of drama education at Brock University and a longtime member of CODE. She was particularly instrumental in helping us to archive and store documents related to CODE's 46 year history, a wonderful legacy to our organization. We send our love and thoughts to all of those who worked alongside Deb and benefitted from her immense wisdom over the years, as well as her friends and family.