Serving over 25,000 individuals each year, CCD's Community Education Programs are some of the most comprehensive in the Denver metro area and are praised for their collaborative approach and highly skilled instructors. These programs reflect CCD's deep commitment to collaboration and enriching lives through dance.
The Colorado Conservatory of Dance's Title I Elementary Partnerships bring yearlong arts experiences to 2,500 students in four public schools in high-need neighborhoods each year. More than 80% of the students in these schools fall below the federal poverty line and up to 25% are classified as homeless. Studies show that students with high levels of arts participation outperform students lacking the arts in all areas of competency. The impact is even more significant in students with low-income backgrounds. CCD's two-year residencies provide the opportunity for students to gain confidence through an in-depth process that merges dance with each school's specific curricular priorities.
Families and individuals with challenges such as economic limitations, social isolation, physical or developmental disabilities or long-term illness often do not have the same level of access to the arts and cultural community as those without those challenges. Colorado Conservatory of Dance works with ArtReach Denver to provide more than 1,200 free tickets for its professional and student productions to low income seniors and at-risk individuals annually.
Colorado Conservatory of Dance works with elementary schools in the Denver metro area to provide free ballet lessons to students each week. A professional instructor from CCD's faculty works with students at their elementary school, guiding them through the beginning level syllabus used at The School of CCD. Ballet lessons heighten physical awareness and confidence; teach students how to create and work toward new goals; and increase focus, memory and creative skills.