Now that the fall 2011 semester is a wrap, the winter/spring 2012 session of Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh is under way. This semester, 10 schools will train to vie for four spots in the Colors of the Rainbow semi-final team match in May.
Our teaching artists — Ms. Luisa, Ms. Kelsey, Mr. Terry, and Ms. Rozana — will prepare the new classes of ladies and gentlemen for competition. Joining them is our new addition to our team, Ms. Gena Melago, who has studied with Mr. Terry for many years.
Of the 10 elementary schools participating this term, nine are Pittsburgh Public Schools and one is part of Diocese of Pittsburgh/Extra Mile Education Foundation.
Let’s “visit” each school alphabetically.
At Pittsburgh Allegheny, Mr. Terry will take on their three classrooms for the third year in a row. He is hungry for gold and wants to bring it home for this North Side school.
Ms. Luisa will teach students at Pittsburgh Arsenal. She is excited about helping them get to the finals as well.
New to Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh is Pittsburgh Banksville. Ms. Gena, fresh from her training in New York City with Dancing Classrooms founder Pierre Dulaine, looks forward to teaching the students how to “shake what their mama gave them.”
Meanwhile, at Pittsburgh Carmalt, fifth-graders are hoping to repeat their predecessors’ trip to the gold medal round. Ms. Luisa has taken over the reigns there this year.
Also new to our program this year is Pittsburgh Concord. Their principal, Ms. Barie, is helping Ms. Rozana prepare her three classrooms. The school’s brand new gym has a floor imported from Germany. That should help Ms. Rozana feel right at home.
Dr. Lamar, principal at Pittsburgh Dilworth, has added a third classroom to the program this year. Could additional students increase Dilworth’s chances at bringing home the gold? Or is it that Ms. Kelsey, who took Pittsburgh Linden all the way in 2010, will train them?
Our next school is part of the Extra Mile Education Foundation. Good Shepherd School in Braddock is hoping that Ms. Gena will help this Catholic school go the distance and meet their counterparts from Sister Thea Bowman in the finals.
The new class of fifth graders at Pittsburgh Linden is ready to defend their championship from last year. Ms. Kelsey is up for the challenge of taking on three classrooms. Coach Smith, Ms. Jackson, Ms. Getty, and Principal Burgess are supporting her with what they hope is another winning game plan.
After capturing the top spot in the inaugural Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh Colors of the Rainbow team match in 2009, Pittsburgh Phillips is looking to Ms. Rozana to help Principal Necciai and teachers Mr. Igims, and Ms. Eckroat raise the trophy again.
Our 10th school is also new to Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh Roosevelt and its three classrooms want to help Principal Lewandowski add to his trophy collection. He has enlisted the help of Ms. Rozana to do that.
And there you have it. The winter/spring session of Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh is underway. Watch for updates and photos on their progress.