“CDE’s programs are engaging and nurturing to all students” Ms. Ling- 3rd grade teacher
Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble’s Arts Education Programs make learning fun through an Arts Integration curriculum. CDE creates a flexible arts integrated curriculum focusing on problem-solving and critical thinking skills, while incorporating theatre, dance and visual art to meet the needs of students. Our teaching artists incorporates lessons on Social-Emotional Learning with the teachers demonstrating these valuable skills and allowing the children to express and process emotions. By emphasizing the creative process, students are provided an outlet to express their thoughts and opinions through the arts, thereby nurturing teamwork, discipline, constructive criticism, and the ability to see projects through completion. This type of education enables CDE to provide students with skills that better prepare them for high school and college. All programming aligns with Common Core, as well as National and State Standards
CDE groups together grade levels into three focus areas: PreK-2nd (creative process), 3-5th (skills and fundamental technique arts learning), and 6-8th (arts making and developing techniques). At the end of all residencies the students perform and display their artwork, giving them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.