Dancing Classrooms “ambassador” to Southeast Asia

Dancing Classrooms in Nepal? Sri Lanka? The Maldives?

On Tuesday, May 3, Mark Rogalsky, site director for Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh and unit manager for prevention services for Mercy Behavioral Health, presented to a group of students from Southeast Asia who were touring our city.  The focus of his presentation was the role that prevention programs play in decreasing the incidence of youth starting to smoke.

What better way to talk about Dancing Classrooms than to give them a taste?

Rogalsky, who went through the teaching artist training a little over a year ago, taught the Merengue as he has seen done in the schools many times over the past year and a half.  Students were a little shy at first, but once they started  to “shake what their mama gave them,” they were able to move forward.  The students were thrilled to progress from “pancake” mode into dance frame.  All of this in one 30-minute lesson.

In addition to the national network, Dancing Classrooms is taught in Canada, Switzerland and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  It’s not unrealistic to think that, someday, it may expand to Southeast Asia.  Or maybe Rogalsky will start to teach in the Pittsburgh schools.  Place your bet on the former rather than the latter.

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