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 firstname.lastname@example.org to be included in an upcoming post.
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.
Calling all amazing drama and dance artists and educators! We are still seeking drama and dance workshop proposals, especially those from our experienced 'Master' drama and dance specialists, for this year's conference. And do you have a favourite guest artist who you have loved having in your classroom and would want to see at a conference? Send them this link and encourage them to apply! Submit by March 1, 2015
Starting in September of 2015, Faculties of Education in Ontario will move to a two-year Bachelor of Education Model. Michael Wilson, Past President, founding CODE member and long-time advocate for the Arts in Ontario schools led a panel discussion at the 44th Annual CODE Conference in October 2014, about the state of Teacher Education in Drama and Dance, and what we can do as teachers and as a subject association to ensure the long-term viability of our subject areas in Ontario Schools. Please read!
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.