A Tribute to David Booth

CODE, the Council of Ontario Drama and Dance Educators, is grieving the loss of one of our founders and honorary members, David Booth. David has taught, mentored, inspired, and motivated thousands of students and teachers during his years as an educator. His loss is being felt keenly all around the world and we, as an organization and as individuals, are deeply sad.

One Song

The following is a performance and learning opportunity in musical theatre for youth:Acting Up Stage is seeking the brightest performers of all styles of music under the age of 19 for the fifth annual One Song Glory: a free training program and showcase in contemporary musical theatre for youth. For four Saturdays, participants will take master classes, participate in workshops, and train with professional directors and musical directors who work in the Toronto musical theatre scene. As well, each student will get the chance to hone their skills working on two musical theatre numbers that they will perform at two final showcase performances at the Toronto Centre for the Arts Studio Theatre. This program is such a unique experience in that Acting Up Stage is able to offer such professional training to talented young people without the economic barriers that exist with other programs in the city.Auditions are fast approaching – October 17th and 23rd, 2010. Please visit www.actingupstage.com for the full audition notice or email Producer Tamara Weisz - tamara@actingupstage.com for more information or a hard copy or PDF file of the audition notice.

Professional Learning Through the Arts Phase 2

Effective Wednesday, September 8, 2010, OTF/FEO will be launching PHASE 2 of the project entitled: Professional Learning through the Arts. OTF members who did not apply during PHASE 1 will have an opportunity to apply for a subsidy towards various activities offered through the remainder of 2010 to support the implementation of the revised Ontario Curriculum: The Arts, Grades 1-8 and The Arts, Grades 9-12. Please note that this subsidy is ONLY FOR MEMBERS WHO DID NOT APPLY FOR PHASE 1!Click on the images below to download the flyers.  Note that these PDF documents contain links to the registration pages.      

Website for Dorothy Heathcote's "Mantle of the Expert"

http://www.mantleoftheexpert.com/This website is devoted to Dorothy Heatcote and her concept of "Mantle of the Expert".  It is filled with helpful information that explains what this strategy looks like in a classroom setting, as well as scholarly resources on how to implement it for your needs.  There is an extensive video archive with clips of Dorothy using the strategy while working with classes around the world, including clips of the famous documentary Three Looms Waiting.  There are also detailed testimonials from teachers who have used MoE in their classrooms reflecting on what the experience taught their students.  This is a great resource for teachers of all levels.

Announcing Opera Atelier's Making of an Opera program!

Book your school for Opera Atelier’s Making of an Opera program for 2010/11! Opera Atelier provides a unique opportunity for students to experience what goes into staging/producing a Baroque opera. The Making of an Opera program brings students together with OA’s creative team to learn about all the components that make up an operatic performance. From the music, costuming, set design, dancing and dramatic technique, students participate in an interactive workshop to understand how Opera Atelier produces a Baroque opera and how all aspects of the arts are involved. Teachers and students walk away with newfound appreciation for ballet and opera from the 17th and 18th centuries.More information after the jump...

Arts Resources for Grades 7/8

Explore this great resources filled with subject specific resources that support Student Success!This repository of professional learning supports includes materials intended for use by facilitated groups, by collaborative teams, and by individuals. Supports take on many formats from multi-session workshops, to video presentations, to print files, to video clips, to interactive web-based instructional trajectories.http://www.edugains.ca/newsite/di/dilearningexamples.htm

Culture Days Coming to Ontario!

Culture Days is a collaborative movement to encourage awareness, participation and engagement of all Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities. This Canada-wide celebration represents the largest-ever collective public participation campaign undertaken by the arts and cultural community in this country. During Culture Days, thousands of volunteers will organize activities across Canada for the public to experience and co-create arts and culture in the communities where they live. Culture Days will take place on September 24 to 26, 2010, in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Québec, New Brunswick, Newfoundland & Labrador, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island and on September 17 to 19 in Alberta.  Visit www.culturedays.ca to find out more. More details after the jump.

Sir Kenneth Robinson's 2010 TED talk on Education Revolution

Another inspirational talk from creativity expert Sir Kenneth Robinson.

Announcement of Grant Awards for Post-Secondary Studies in Drama & Dance!

CODE Members will be interested to take note of this announcement of possible funding for students of the arts!  You are encouraged to spread the word on this wonderful grant opportunity.It gives me great pleasure to inform you of the 2010 Hnatyshyn Foundation program of Developing Artists Grants. In July we will be awarding grants of $10,000 each to eight exceptionally talented young Canadians undertaking post-secondary studies in the following performing arts disciplines: classical ballet, contemporary dance, acting (English theatre), acting (French theatre), classical music (piano), classical music (orchestral instrument), jazz performance (instrumental or vocal) and classical vocal performance (Posters for all of the categories can be found on our website)...Continued after the jump...

TDF's Theatre Magazine by and for teens

This is worth checking out for yourself, your drama, dance and musical theatre students.  I've just discovered this page myself and I'm now thinking of ways to use it in my classrooms to engage students with theatre in their own community as well as the larger world.http://www.tdf.org/playbyplayonline/

A link to Sir Kenneth Robinson's talk with TED, plus a bonus link

This is an inspirational talk.  It is well worth a listen.  He speaks about how creativity is AS important as literacy and we should treat it with the same respect.  Enjoy and share. To see more:http://www.globecampus.ca/in-the-news/article/exclusive-video-sir-ken-ro...