A full dance card: the lineup for Saturday’s Colors of the Rainbow final team match

Students gather on the steps of Soliders and Sailors Memorial Hall before the 2010-11 Colors of the Rainbow final team match on May 21, 2011. (©2011 Archie Carpenter)

The excitement is building for the Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh Colors of the Rainbow final team match. Eight elementary schools — four from the fall 2011 semester and four from the winter/spring 2012 semester — will vie for top honors for the 2011-12 school year.

Defending their title on Saturday is Pittsburgh Linden K-5 (Team Orange). Also among the competitors are 2009 champions Pittsburgh Phillips K-5 (Team Emerald). Their teams, along with six other elementary schools, will step out to the Merengue, Foxtrot, Rumba, Tango, and Swing.

Based on the two recent Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh semi-finals, performance levels promise to be high. In evaluating the dancers, judges will note who is best supporting their partner. Are the dancers in time with the music? Are they putting forth a good effort? These and other factors will factor into the final decision.

You won’t want to miss this grand finale. Dress in your favorite school’s colors and join us from 10 a.m. until noon on Saturday at Pittsburgh Allderdice High School in Squirrel Hill. Arrive early to get a good seat in the auditorium. As always, the event is free and suitable for all ages.

Following is a complete list* of fifth-graders slated to represent their schools in Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh’s Colors of the Rainbow final team match.

Sister Thea Bowman PreK-8 Catholic Academy (Magenta)
Principal: Ms. Rita Batiste Canton
Teaching Artist: Ms. Rozana Sweeney

Merenge: Isaiah Clark and Corde Davis
Foxtrot: Cameron Smith and Teya Davis
Rumba: Kyree Wright and Breona Pippens
Tango: Darnell Bouie and Laela Lumsden
Swing: Qiydar Muqtadir and Niza Harris
Captains: Rodkeem Byrd and Laila Donald

Pittsburgh West Liberty K-5 (Blue)
Principal: Ms. Kathy Moran
Teaching Artist: Ms. Luisa Nayhouse

Merengue: Troy Neely and Alexandra Nelson
Foxtrot: Tyler Divens and Savannah Brooks
Rumba: Robert Bradley and Alyssa Reep
Tango: Sean Ignaski and Brianna Walko
Swing: Xavion Rainey and Nyla Whitley
Captains: Evan Pack and Taylor Blake

Pittsburgh Lincoln K-5 (Yellow)
Principal: Ms. Deonne Arrington
Teaching Artist: Ms. Kelsey Kizina

Merengue: William Ford and December Correll
Foxtrot: Nicholas Grinage and JoelLisa White
Rumba: Tyreek Taylor and Makayla Jones
Tango: Derrick Wade and Messiah Anderson
Swing: Darren Carter and Syriah Hill
Captains: Derrick Wade and Diamond Moss

Pittsburgh Miller PreK-5 (Green)
Principal: Dr. Margaret Starkes-Ross
Teaching Artist: Ms. Kelsey Kizina

Merengue: Earl Johnson and Yanea Rice
Foxtrot: Raymar Cohen and Ronica Spencer
Rumba: Terrance Berry and Mya Young
Tango: Jory Strothers and Jasmine Johnson
Swing: Jymoni Bibbens and Acia Addison
Captains: Clarence Green and Milan Grayson

Pittsburgh Dilworth PreK-5 (RED)
Principal: Dr. Monica Lamar
Teaching Artist: Ms. Kelsey Kizina

Merengue: Marcus Stevens and Briana Butcher
Foxtrot: Reuben Swartz and Zoe Magley
Rumba: Zyaire Walker and Deoja Harris
Tango: Andrew Winston and Mia Stanton
Swing: Nathan Magley and Rylie Synan
Captains: Isaiah Wilson and Promise Martin

Pittsburgh Linden K-5 (ORANGE)
Principal: Ms. Victoria Burgess
Teaching Artist: Ms. Kelsey Kizina

Merengue: Landon Jordan and Whitney Goldston
Foxtrot: DaVontae Garner and Anisa Ali
Rumba: Michael Tomlin and Madeline Bain
Tango: DaMon Macklin and Lexis Wright
Swing: Jason Thomas and Charlotte Bush
Captains: Zachary Smolar and Raven Haston

Pittsburgh Phillips K-5 (EMERALD)
Principal: Mr. Rodney Necciai
Teaching Artist: Ms. Rozana Sweeney

Merengue: Ty Zachary Diggs and Ry’Anna Moore
Foxtrot: D’Andre Burger and Alllyson Mann
Rumba: Jonathan Williams and Maliyah Stackhouse
Tango: Caryn Madigan and Daniel Valukevich
Swing: Jordan Myers and Jenna Freund
Captains: Jaquan Parker and Tia Ziegler

Pittsburgh Concord K-5 (AQUA)
Principal: Ms. Susan Barie
Teaching Artist: Ms. Rozana Sweeney
Merengue: John Collie-Paylor and Cassandra Wilkes
Foxtrot: Michael Danto and Samantha Marzalek
Rumba: Tyler Brandt and Christina Sobeck
Tango: Logan Baldinger and Ashlyn Wilkes
Swing: Skyler Giannetti and Lauryn Petrick
Captains: Donald Turner and Hannah Weinmann

* Names submitted by schools as of May 15, 2012

2 thoughts on “A full dance card: the lineup for Saturday’s Colors of the Rainbow final team match

  1. Pingback: Fifth graders shine in Colors of the Rainbow ballroom competition | Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh

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