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Established in September 2000, DanceArt is dedicated to bringing dance education to children of the City of Chicago, who would not otherwise experience the world of dance:its history, discipline, performance and appreciation. DanceArt is a city-wide program providing the highest-quality dance education to children in Chicago.  DanceArt’s artists are chosen from the concert dance world.  Their training and discipline to attain company status in high ranking national companies many of which tour internationally puts DanceArt in a high position.  DanceArt expects teaching artists to maintain a high standard of training and to impart their legacy to the children of Chicago.  All DanceArt programs are customized to the needs, budgets and curricula of its partner schools.  DanceArt’s faculty is superiorly trained and equipped to make wise, tasteful, culturally meaningful and respectful choices in the material they present and create for their students.  Teaching Artists use dance styles such as soft shoe, ballroom, tango and jazz to motivate, instruct and inspire school children. The disciplines of ballet and modern dance are respected throughout and taught in discreet arts education while lessons in movement are complemented by exercises in interpretation, reading, writing, history and performance. Students also learn about numbers and counting, music…

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Dance Art Announces C.A.A.T.E.

August 1, 2011 DanceArt, an Illinois non-profit organization founded in Chicago in 2000, which was awarded a four-year grant by the United States Department of Education for its Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination Program in July of 2010 is proud to announce the continution of the grant and the its first year of implementation in selected schools of the Chicago Public Schools Ravenswood Ridge Network. C.A.A.T.E. (Culture and Art Transforming Education) is an innovative system-based model that is designed to strengthen standards-based arts education in dance, music, drama, and visual disciplines.  The program focuses on professional development with teachers who will collaborate with teaching artists in implementing the project to improve the academic achievement of over 1,000 students in over five Chicago area schools.  The objectives of the initiative include collaboration among C.A.A.T.E.’s partners in the creation of an integrated arts curriculum; increasing teachers’ ability to integrate the arts into the existing curriculum; improvement in student’s academic pursuits through the participation in inquiry-based arts education; and the dissemination of the C.A.A.T.E. model. The project focuses on at-risk children and seeks to improve academic achievement in core subjects through an immersion in arts in connections with the literacy and social studies standards for children in the 5th and 6th grades.  Professional teaching artists will work to form artistic teams that will include classroom and physical education teachers, principals, and parent to support the project. The C.A.A.T.E. program will create a curriculum that can be utilized nationally in integrating arts education into an already existing school curriculum and will increase students’ academic aptitude while simultaneously presenting them with arts education to augment their learning. 

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DanceArt Mission

Established in September 2000, DanceArt is dedicated to bringing dance education to the children of Illinois who would not otherwise experience the world of dance: its history, discipline, performance and appreciation.
DanceArt is an Illinois non-profit organization providing the highest-quality dance education to children in Illinois. The training and discipline of DanceArt’s teaching artists puts DanceArt in the position of maintaining the highest standard of training to impart the legacy of its teaching artists to the children of Illinois. All DanceArt programs are customized to the needs, budgets and curricula of its partners, clients and beneficiaries. DanceArt teaching artists use dance styles such as soft shoe, ballroom, tango and jazz to motivate, instruct and inspire school children. The disciplines of ballet and modern dance are respected throughout and taught in discreet arts education while lessons in movement are integrated with exercises in interpretation, reading, writing, math and science, history and performance using contemporary techniques. DanceArt is strongly aligned with Illinois and National character education standards (Social and Emotional Learning).
DanceArt programming is of the highest quality; is inclusive and affordable. In its brief history, DanceArt has partnered with multiple public and private institutions to deliver the highest quality arts education. DanceArt provides programming to underserved and at-risk children and schools. DanceArt teachers and staff provide training and performance opportunities in local communities as well as family and community dance education. DanceArt has enlivened Chicago Public School auditoriums, Chicago Park District field houses, and other public access locations with teachers who are fully committed to accessible arts education for every child. In so doing, DanceArt discovers local talents; tempers its programs according to the needs and strengths of local institutions serving children; and augments local arts education resources. Since 2001, DanceArt’s summer home has been with the Chicago Police Department in the G.R.E.A.T. Summer Program touching the lives of 350 children ages 10-14 each summer.
DanceArt reaches an estimated 12,000 children within the state of Illinois, through performances, lectures during school, and in-school and after-school programs throughout the year. DanceArt is committed to the underserved and children from low income families and continuously seeks to make new partnership connections throughout Illinois.
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Contact Info: info@danceartchicago.org

Accomplishments: Under construction