Director Children's Dance Program
Betty Allen is a strong advocate for the arts, especially dance. As an instructor of dance and drama in public schools for over two decades, she worked with elementary students focusing on learning through creative movement. As a district fine arts coordinator in Urbana, Illinois, she oversaw curriculum and instruction as well as the scheduling of all fine arts classes. In 2012, Betty was awarded the Teacher ACE (Arts, Culture, and Education) Award presented by 40 North. Betty currently serves as a supervisor and mentor at the University of Illinois in the College of Education. She also co-teaches Artsful Teaching through Integration. Since 2000, Betty has served on various committees for the Illinois State Board of Education with a focus on learning standards, assessment, and dance certification. As director of the Children’s Dance Program for the Department of Dance, Betty strives to help children explore the world through creative movement and dance.