Turn Back the Clock Tuesday!

Turn Back the Clock Tuesday?  Well, we all can’t be perfect….and I let it go on for too long.  What, you ask, did I forget?  The 5th grade Colors of the Rainbow Semi-Finals video!  Special shout out to Archie Carpenter for the wonderful photos!

Shalom Chaverim (“Hello Friends” in Hebrew)! DCPittsburgh and Karmiel (Israel) Connect!


Shalom Chaverim!  We finally did it!!!  Finally?  Yes, FINALLY!  Well, not really finally because this is only the beginning.  When I first met Miri Shahaf-Levi the summer of 2012 in New York City.  The Annual Dancing Classrooms Site Director’s Conference.  No sooner do I walk into the pre-conference festivities, than Pierre Dulaine grabs me by the arm to introduce me to Miri.  We talked about our programs ( you have heard us talk about “Dancing in Jaffa,” she oversees Dancing Classrooms Israel.) and began a conversation of how can we connect Pittsburgh and Israel.

Fast forward to February 2015.  Miri emails me and she tells me how Pittsburgh’s sister city in Israel, Karmiel, has two schools participating in Dancing Classrooms this year.  We talk details – especially the time difference as Israel is 6 hours ahead.  No problem as they will have their 20th lesson/Culminating event later in the day.  Perfect!  And when does everything go perfect????

Well, we did it.  Wasn’t easy, but it was truly a great experience.  Pittsburgh Linden ( special thanks to Ms Darla Jackson and parent volunteer, Mrs. Lori Smolar for all their help), Pittsburgh Colfax (Special thanks to Ms Conroy and Ms Stefanyak), and Pittsburgh Lincoln (special thanks to Principal Virginia HIll!) Face-timed and Skyped with the students at the Kalanit School and the Hadekel School in Karmiel, Israel.  Wow!  The Pittsburgh kids learned some Hebrew, cheered on their new “chaverim,” did the STOMP along with their chaverim at Kalanit School, and said “Todah Rabah (Thank You Very Much),” when it was time to say goodbye.  Miri, we look forward to SKYPE-ing with our new friends again soon!  Enjoy the pictures from this incredible event!!  Thanks to everyone, but especially all of the kids-both here in Pittsburgh and in Karmiel!  ( Thanks to our photographers from Dancing Classrooms Israel, Mark Rogalsky, Principal Virginia Hill, and Jennifer Hoffman!!!)

 

The Hadekel School students dance while Pittsburgh Colfax and Pittsburgh Lincoln students watch from thousands of mile away.

The Kalanit School students get to see the Pittsburgh Linden students-Facetime Dancing Classrooms style!

The Kalanit School students get to see the Pittsburgh Linden students-Facetime Dancing Classrooms style!

The Kalanit School students get to see the Pittsburgh Linden students-Facetime Dancing Classrooms style!

The Kalanit School students get to see the Pittsburgh Linden students-Facetime Dancing Classrooms style!

The Hadekel School students dance while Pittsburgh Colfax and Pittsburgh Lincoln students watch from thousands of mile away.

Pittsburgh Lincoln students cheer on their "chaverim" - friends in Hebrew - at the Hadekol School in Karmiel, Israel.

Pittsburgh Lincoln students cheer on their “chaverim” – friends in Hebrew – at the Hadekel School in Karmiel, Israel.

Pittsburgh Colfax teacher, Ms. Robyn Stefanyak, holds her ipad so that the Hadekel School students in Karmiel, Israel can see their new friends in Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh Colfax students watch their chaverim -firends- in Karmiel, Israel at the Hadekel School.

Signs that Pittsburgh Linden students held up while watching the Kalanit School students danced.

Signs that Pittsburgh Linden students held up while watching the Kalanit School students danced.

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Pittsburgh Linden students facetiming with the Kalanit School students in Karmiel, Israel.

 

Throwback Thursday-It’s Not All About the Dance….

Dancing Classrooms is about so many things.  Getting along with others, respect, trust, cooperation, communication….just to name a few.  At Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh, we also make the effort to be good sports.  Just as the National Hockey League has their traditional handshake after a team is eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs, we do the same at the end of each semi-final and finals.  Enjoy this picture from a few years ago.   See you next week!

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Friday Fact Day

Matthew Longhurst, Global Operations Director for Dancing Classrooms, recently did some math and found out that currently, 1 out of every 100 Fifth (5th) graders are participating in Dancing Classrooms.  As we always tell our 5th graders, this is a special program.  

Photo by Archie Carpenter

Photo by Archie Carpenter

Have a great weekend!

Swinging into winter!

The winter session of Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh has begun and our teaching artists are swinging into action!  Ladies and gentleman will be merenguing, fox trotting, rumba-ing, tangoing, and swinging for the next 10 weeks!

Pittsburgh Banksville

Pittsburgh Brookline

Pittsburgh Carmalt

Pittsburgh Colfax

Pittsburgh Concord

Pittsburgh Conroy

Pittsburgh Lincoln

Pittsburgh Linden

Pittsburgh Miller

Pittsburgh Spring HIll

Frick Park Environment Charter School

Urban League Charter School

A Special Thank You

Over the past six years, Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh has had a total of 21 major events-meet and greets, fundraisers, semi-finals, and finals.  And for each of those events, there have been pictures taken.  The number has to have exceeded 10,000 or more pictures.  Many of those pictures you see on this blog.  And some you have even seen in the Post Gazette.  We can’t say thank you enough to Lake Fong of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, and Archie Carpenter (or as we call him, The Official Photographer of Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh).  Two great men who are passionate about the work that they do.  And don’t you think it shows?  Thanks again gentleman.  Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh salutes you both!  Please take a bow!!!!!

Lake Fong (left) of thePittsburgh Post Gazette and Archie Carpenter (r), THE Official Photographer of Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh.  Photo by Mark Rogalsky 12/13/2014

Lake Fong (left) of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette and Archie Carpenter (r), THE Official Photographer of Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh. Photo by Mark Rogalsky 12/13/2014

Let’s Recognize Our 8th Graders from their Colors of the Rainbow Grand Championship!

Let’s Recognize Our 8th Graders from their Colors of the Rainbow Grand Championship!  These students worked extremely hard and made this year’s COlors of the Rainbow so entertaining and exciting.

PITTSBURGH BROOKLINE  1ST RUNNER UP 2014-2015 8TH GRADE COLORS OF THE RAINBOW

PITTSBURGH BROOKLINE
1ST RUNNER UP
2014-2015 8TH GRADE COLORS OF THE RAINBOW

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PITTSBURGH LANGLEY 2ND RUNNER UP 2014-2015 8TH GRADE COLORS OF THE RAINBOW

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PITTSBURGH ARSENAL 2ND RUNNER UP 2014-2015 8TH GRADE COLORS OF THE RAINBOW