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The Cal Performances Classroom (K-12)


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What's a Cal Performances Classroom? Your classroom, of course! You can create your Cal Performances classroom through any or all of our artistic literacy programs for grades K-12:

SchoolTime Performances: Five of our regularly scheduled performances are reprised in one-hour performances during the school day.

Teacher Workshops: Three-hour immersions into the creative process of performing artists on our stage, scheduled approximately three weeks before a SchoolTime Performance to give you plenty of time to engage your students in preparation for seeing the performance.

Master Teaching Artist Classroom Visits: For an additional fee, teachers who take a workshop can enrich their students’ experience of performances by signing up for Master Teaching Artists to visit their classrooms before a SchoolTime Performance.

K-12 Artistic Literacy Engagement Guides: When you become a Cal Performances Classroom, you get access to our Engagement Guides, designed to situate you and your students into the artistic process.

AileyCamp/AileyAlums: A tuition-free six week summer program inspired by Alvin Ailey and fully funded and run by Cal Performances.

Check back after June 1st for confirmed times and more details on each SchoolTime performance and Cal Performances Teacher Workshop. Order forms available online in August.
2015/16 SchoolTime Performances

All performances begin at 11 am unless otherwise noted.


St. Louis Symphony

Chitresh Das Dance Company: Shiva

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
3/31, 4/1/2016

globalFEST: Creole Carnival

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Teacher Workshops

Conducted by our dynamic Master Teaching Artists, Teacher Workshops are interactive, engaging explorations of the works of art presented at SchoolTime Performances. Customized for each performance, the workshops are inquiry-based and flexible for adaptation in your classroom. Engagement guides with step-by-step guidelines, activities and relevant background material are included with each workshop. All workshops will take place at Longfellow Middle School, 1500 Derby Street (at Sacramento St.) in Berkeley.


St. Louis Symphony (tie-in with the Centennial Celebration of U.S. National Parks)

Chitresh Das Dance Company: Shiva

globalFEST: Creole Carnival

Contact or Rica Anderson, Education Programs Manager at 510.642.6838 for more information.
Master Teaching Artists

Teaching Artists have a double professional identity: they are trained and practicing artists, and they are skilled to teach through a variety of learning experiences that open the arts to a deeper understanding and provide a pathway for reflection and connection. They have expertise in their artistic profession and expertise in creating environments that invite learning and meaning-making through and with the arts.

At Cal Performances, we are privileged to work with some of the Bay Area’s best Master Teaching Artists at the peak of their artistic and teaching practice. Our Teaching Artists work with K-12 classrooms, with campus curriculum, and with an array of education, social service, health, community and business partners. Our roster includes nationally and internationally respected Teaching Artists who are leaders both in their art forms and in the Teaching Artist Field. You will meet them at the Teacher Workshops, and you can bring them to your classroom to work with your students directly.

Only teachers who attend a Cal Performances Teacher Workshop can schedule a Master Teaching Artist visit.

All teachers participating in the Savion Glover workshop qualify for a special Three-Visit Residency price which includes one classroom visit before the SchoolTime Performance and two following the performance. The Teaching Artist will guide students through a reflection and creative problem-solving project, culminating in an artistic challenge.
K-12 Engagement Guides

The practice of good teaching and learning aligns with rigorous artistic inquiry, and you’ll be able to guide your students step-by-step through an artistic challenge that will introduce them to creative thinking and problem-solving similar to that of the working artist. Each engagement guide includes project-based learning, reflection and frames for making personal and meaningful connections to the work of art. Engagement Guides are posted 3 weeks before the SchoolTime Performances so you have time to prepare yourself and your classroom for a deeper experience. Check here for updated materials 3 weeks before the performance date.


Berkeley/Oakland AileyCamp at Cal Performances

A tuition free summer program inspired by Alvin Ailey and fully funded and run by Cal Performances. Dance instruction in four disciplines—modern, ballet, African, and Jazz—is complemented by personal development and creative communication classes that develop self-esteem discipline and critical thinking in youth ages 11-14. More about AileyCamp >>
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