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.

Dance the American Songbook

Listen to Frank Sinatra singing Young at Heart

The Great American Songbook is a titled work of composers of the past one hundred twenty years. These musical compositions mark the cultural history of America and also address world history and global society. This twelve week course is for 4th through 12th grades. The culminating event can be in the styles of dance theater or dance review.

If you are interested in this program please contact DanceArt
emailinfo@danceartchicago.com

Japanese Parasol Dance

Listen to Nil Li Zi A performed by the Hideo Osaka Ensemble

Grace, beauty, delicacy, and form are expressed in the Japanese Parasol Dance. This dance is a delicacy of poetry. The all-ages, six week program can be custom designed for schools or parent groups.

If you are interested in this program please contact DanceArt
emailinfo@danceartchicago.com

Dances of the Early Jazz Age

Listen to a Cakewalk performed by Wally Rose

Charleston! Peabody! Black Bottom! Everybody should know them. This eight-week course for ages six to infinity can be custom designed for your group.

If you are interested in this program please contact DanceArt
emailinfo@danceartchicago.com

Dances of the Court

Listen to Handel’s March IV (Bouree)

Explore Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque dances of the Court in this twelve-week course for 6th through 12th grades.

If you are interested in this program please contact DanceArt
emailinfo@danceartchicago.com

Ballroom of the Animals (2nd Grade)

Listen to Waltz of the Blue Danube by Strauss

DanceArt can teach a monkey to Mambo; a snake the Swing; or a tiger to Tango. 2nd graders will love this twelve week fun course called Ballroom of the Animals.

If you are interested in this program please contact DanceArt
emailinfo@danceartchicago.com

Samba

Listen to a Samba from Brazilian Carnivale

Samba is the national dance of Brazil, which has also become a universal dance of Latin America and beyond.  This dance will develop cardio fitness and challenge rhythm and coordination. And the costumes are fun to make. This ten week (suggested minimum) course is for 8th graders.

If you are interested in this program please contact DanceArt
emailinfo@danceartchicago.com

Danse Macabre (7th-8th Grade)

Listen to Danse Macabre by Camille Saint-Saens

This course for 7th and 8th grades will be held every fall from the 3rd week of August and will culminate the first week of November. It’s too scary to describe. 🙂

If you are interested in this program please contact DanceArt
emailinfo@danceartchicago.com

Babalu

Liste to Babalu by Xavier Cugat

Explore Afro-Cuban religion and ritual dance through the history of the popular song called Babalu in this fifteen week course for 6th through 8th grades.

If you are interested in this program please contact DanceArt
emailinfo@danceartchicago.com

Danzon

Listen to Danzon!

This dance is a basic and delightful partner dance of Latin America. It can be based on numbers and counting, but can also be danced and taught with ease and delight! This ten-week course is all ages and can be custom designed for your group. Professional development sessions are available throughout the 2010-2011 academic year.

If you are interested in this program please contact DanceArt
emailinfo@danceartchicago.com