The Joffrey Ballet’s longest running school program, is a weekly dance education program. Participating students and teachers learn about dance through a syllabus incorporating assessments based on Illinois Fine Arts Goals and Social Emotional Learning Standards. MSDC students work with Joffrey Teaching Artists to create original dances and have the opportunity to attend three Joffrey performances. The program culminates with two major events. The Spring Concert allows all schools to join together for a showcase of the students’ choreography, while the Intensive allows students to travel to other participating MSDC schools for a week of performances.
Many Middle School Dance Club students have had great success in their dance education and have been accepted to Chi Arts.
“ My students started a month ago but they have already come into the awareness of what it takes to dance—concentration, focus, respect and discipline. Characteristics that are not only for a dancer, but also make the community better.”
— Ms. Krystal Webb, Wentworth Elementary School
MSDC Spring Concert 2014 at Nicholas Senn High School
Social Emotional Learning Skills Addressed:
Commitment to Project Completion
Age Appropriate Illinois State Standards for Social Emotional Learning:
Goal 1: Students will develop self-awareness and self-management skills to achieve school and life success
Goal 2: Students will use social-awareness and interpersonal skills to establish and maintain positive relationships
State Goals for Fine Arts:
Goal 25: Know the language of the Arts
Goal 26: Through creating and performing, understand how works of art are produced
Goal 27: Understand the role of the arts in civilizations, past and present.
For more information send a message to ce [at] joffrey [dot] org.