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About center for dance education
I am pleased to introduce myself as Connecticut Balletís Director of Education & Outreach. Now in its 31st year, the Center for Dance Education remains committed to bringing dance and music to children and communities across the state. In addition to our school assembly programs, we now offer in-school dance residencies, special task force initiatives in Danbury and New London, and a statewide Juvenile Justice Outreach Program.
As a trained dance educator, I am particularly excited to work with educators to enrich your studentsí learning through dance. As a dance instructor with a passion for bringing dance to all children and adults, I look forward to exploring the creative potential of dance with you.
As you explore the various pages in this section of our website, you will find the information necessary to bring Connecticut Ballet to your community. We look forward to working with you to introduce the world of performing arts to Connecticutís youth.
Director of Education
Mission and Background
To expose both mainstream and underserved youth to excellence in professional dance performance and instruction and to provide those youth with opportunities to develop talent through accelerated training. In fulfilling this mission, the Center for Dance Education seeks to instill discipline, build confidence, and inspire a positive world view.
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The mission of Connecticut Ballet is the presentation of professional dance throughout Connecticut, the training of professional dancers, and the provision of arts-in-education opportunities to today’s youth - particularly those at-risk. Our educational programs operate under the title, Center For Dance Education, and were established in response to a perceived need for access to dance performance instructional opportunities in the target districts of Stamford, Norwalk, and Bridgeport. Since 1991, the geographic range of our programs has developed to include districts and institutions throughout the state of Connecticut. Toward that end, we have developed a strong network of community-based social service partners with whom we work to deliver year-round educational and dance exposure services throughout Connecticut.
Center for Dance Education is an umbrella of educational programs.
The programs include:
All of the above services are provided as contracted services or tuition-free with the help of contributed corporate, foundation, or individual philanthropic dollars.
The following are outcomes we seek in the youth served:
HEALTH & WELLNESS INITIATIVE
The primary impact area is the promotion of wellness in the
population of Connecticut youth and young adults.
The Health & Wellness Initiative brings the message of fitness and healthy lifestyles to schools, community groups, and residential treatment facilities for at-risk youth ages 8-18. We seek to combat childhood obesity using dance as a catalyst. In line with the Department of Children and Families' focus on prevention and interventions, we design and implement educational and instructional programs for community-based youth, matching DCF funding with corporate and foundation monies to insure sustainability for all stakeholders.
Measurable outcomes include:
Heightened appreciation for dance and the arts in general as a vehicle for self-expression and physical fitness;
Improved communication with staff or parent/guardian around issues of obesity and making personal commitments to improve health prognosis;
Improved BMI score measurements amongst participating youth;
Anecdotal and quantitative measurement process pertaining to self-esteem and confidence in physical exercise and self-management of food intake;
Decreased screen time to less than two hours per day amongst program participants;
Center for Dance Education staff make a conscious effort to reach out to individuals from diverse backgrounds who would not otherwise have access to health and wellness education and programming with professional teaching artists as role models and life coaches.
Danbury Dance Initiative
Participants in the Danbury Dance Initiative include leading educators,
social service agencies, funders, and dance professionals. The program
receives support from the Savings
Bank of Danbury, Union Savings Bank, and the Danbury Cultural Commission. Connecticut Ballet
made its first self-presented appearance at Danbury High School on Oct. 26,
2007, featuring the full-length Sleeping Beauty.
In 2009, the company initiated an annual scholarship named in memory of original task force member and local dancer, choreographer, and WCSU faculty member Khalda Logan.
This year's DANBURY DANCE INITIATIVE BENEFIT PERFORMANCE took place on Sunday, April 28th at Broadview Middle School, 72 Hospital Avenue in Danbury. The proceeds of $2500+ will support the Danbury Dance Initiative's Khalda Logan Dance Scholarships. Participants will include Monroe Dance Academy, Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance, Grace Reddy School of Dance, Fineline Theatre Arts, Connecticut Ballet Center, SAS Dance Academy, Alay Philippine Cultural Group of Greater Danbury and more. Thank you to all who help raise dollars, including the Khalda Logan Memorial Foundation and Michael Eaton, Khalda's husband.
2013 KLDS Benefit Performance (2012 winners pictured in front)
2012 winners (pictured above): Emily Lane, Kaylee Lavoie, Caitlynn Pia, Claudia Harris, Mackenna Beirne, Fenna Milbauer, Kelvin Rodriguez, Helena Trofa, Jenna Hope, and Genesis Maldonado. Missing from the photo: Desiree Pratt, Amy Dave, Monique DeLima
NEW LONDON DANCE INITIATIVE
The 7th annual tour by Connecticut Ballet to the elementary and middle schools was very well received and plans are for a return visit in 2011-2012. This year's performance was 'The Science of Dance.' A task force of educators, social service agencies, local dance and arts leaders has convened at Community Foundation of Southeastern Connecticut and further meetings are planned in the future.
Begun in the Spring of 2010, the focus has been
on expanding available dance resources and performance opportunities for
New London youth and the general public while increasing communication
amongst the area's many wonderful dance and arts organizations, colleges,
New London Public Schools and cultural centers. A major mission is to
provide quality classes and workshops to the under-served youth in the
community. Community Foundation of Southeastern Connecticut recently
awarded Connecticut Ballet a grant to facilitate after school dance
classes at five city schools as part of the broader Initiative.
The New London Dance Initiative's 1st annual benefit performance, entitled NEW LONDON DANCE LIVE! took place in 2011 at New London High School. A dozen local dance schools and companies performed on behalf of scholarships monies to be awarded to talented local middle and high school youth. Participants included Kiks Dance Center, Adams Company Dance, The Dance Extension, Williams School Dance Ensemble, Connecticut Ballet, and soloists from New London High School Dance Team.
The three 2011-12 winners of the New London Dance Initiative scholarships were: Queenie Maria Diaz, Maylis Yepez, and Aziah Schroth, all of whom attend Bennie Dover Jackson Middle School (pictured below with former CB Director of Education Michelle Bauman).
bridgeport arts in education INITIATIVE
Connecticut Ballet has joined with the Bridgeport Public Schools Performing and Visual Arts Departments and numerous other local arts organizations and agencies to jump start this new initiative for youth in Bridgeport. The intent of the effort is to provide increased opportunities for talented students of music, theater, dance, or visual arts in Bridgeport. Other groups supporting the effort include Backcountry Jazz, New England Ballet, ABCD, Neighborhood Studios of Fairfield County, Regional Center for the Arts, Greater Bridgeport Symphony, and RYASAP.
Bridgeport Arts-in-Education Initiative
awards scholarships to talented students in need from Bridgeport Public
Schools. For information about auditioning for a scholarship for
2012-2013, please call Connecticut Ballet at 203-964-1211. All middle and
high school students from Bridgeport are eligible to tryout.
Picture above are 2011-12 scholarship winners: Malaysia Johnson, Megan Lawrence, Jailene Acevedo, Christine Echegaray and Margaret Meghie (pictured above with former Director of Education Michelle Bauman and Tania Kelley, Director of Performing Arts, Bridgeport Public Schools).
Click here to access Educators Resource Page, including Glossary of Ballet Terms and Useful Dance Bibliography.