DANCE ART ANNOUNCES C.A.A.T.E.

August 1, 2010

DanceArt, an Illinois non-profit organization founded in Chicago in 2000, was awarded a four-year grant by the United States Department of Education for its Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination Program.

C.A.A.T.E. (Cultural Arts of the Americas 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 in grades 4 and 5 and seeks to improve academic achievement in core subjects through an immersion in arts from the cultures of the Americas and Caribbean.  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.

Computer Choreography

Listen to Gustav Holst’s Jupiter, from The Planets

Explore movement and creativity through visual and animation media using computer choreography. This fifteen week course is open to students from Kindergarten through 12th grade and can be designed as either an in-school or after-school program.

If you are interested in this program please contact DanceArt
email – info@danceartchicago.com

Vacation Workshops

Listen to the Beach Boys sing Surfin Safari

Vacation Workshops for 5th through 8th grades can be held from the third week of June through July, winter holiday break, spring break, Martin Luther King Day, Presidents’ Day, and Casimir Pulaski Day.  Content of workshops are to order.

If you are interested in this program please contact DanceArt
email – info@danceartchicago.com

South America

Listen to El Condor Pasa

Explore the Andean Mountain region folk dances of South America in a ten week course for 1st through 5th grades.

If you are interested in this program please contact DanceArt
email – info@danceartchicago.com

Aesop's Fables

Listen to Tango Tis Nefalis

Interpret the beloved fables of Aesop and address character education concepts through an early dance theater experience in this ten week course for 1st through 4th grades.

If you are interested in this program please contact DanceArt
email – info@danceartchicago.com

Greek Myths

Listen to Gustav Holst’s Mars, from The Planets

Interpret the powerful mythology of ancient Greece through a mature dance theater experience in this six-week course for 9th through 12th grades.

If you are interested in this program please contact DanceArt
email – info@danceartchicago.com

Dance and Anatomy

Listen to Gershwin’s Rhapsody In Blue

Flexibility and strength are the secrets of disciplined dance. This six-week course is geared for 9th through 12th grades to be conducted through a weekly dance workout followed by dance interpretation.

If you are interested in this program please contact DanceArt
email – info@danceartchicago.com

Jump Rope and Jazz

Listen to Viva La Vida

Be transformed into a member of a champion jump rope troupe, but artfully. This twenty-week course is designed for 3rd through 12th grade students.

If you are interested in this program please contact DanceArt
email – info@danceartchicago.com

Dance and Design

Listen to Copeland’s Fanfare for the Common Man

Explore color, shape, line, and form through dance. This four-week course, for 4th through 12th grades, can be a practical course using art and movement or a contemplative course using music videos and historic dance footage. This course can be designed for in-school or after-school.

If you are interested in this program please contact DanceArt
email – info@danceartchicago.com