Chatham Performing ArtsMr. James LawrenceDistrict Supervisor of Performing Arts and Special Programsjlawrence@chatham-nj.org973-457-2505 x2044
Why Performing Arts?
Confidence. Collaboration. Perseverance. Creativity. Focus. Dedication. And so much more. The Arts are an integral part of life; they enrich our lives, enhance school & community spirit, and are a necessary component of a complete education. They help us to understand and be positive contributors to the world we live in.
Why Performing Arts in Chatham?
The Performing Arts programs in the SDOC synthesize principles of English Language Arts, History, Math, Science, and World Language while applying 21st Century skills (i.e., teamwork and collaboration) to create a valuable and memorable creative experience for learners. Participation in the SDOC Arts programs also encourages students to experience physical and creative releases which assist in their overall well-being.Dance The art of dance uses movement to communicate meaning about the human experience. It is far more than exercise or entertainment. It is a powerful medium to express one's values, thoughts, and aspirations about the lives we live and the world in which we live. An education in the art of dance can develop the knowledge and skills required to create, perform, and understand movement as a means of artistic communication. Exposure to dance history and cultures, kinesiology and anatomy, and movement theories further enriches the dance education experience. Education in the art of dance can also develop kinesthetic and spatial learning as well as intra and interpersonal knowledge of one's self and others.