Students in the spotlight: WTAE’s Sally Wiggin visits Pittsburgh Lincoln, news story to air tonight

Sally Wiggin of WTAE-TV interviews Pittsburgh Lincoln fifth grader Keyshawn Jordan about Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh

Tonight, Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh will be featured on the 5 p.m. broadcast of Channel 4 Action News on WTAE-TV Pittsburgh. Earlier today, Sally Wiggin, news anchor, visited Pittsburgh Lincoln K-8 to watch students dance under the direction of teaching artist Gena Melago.

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Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh is back in the swing for 2012-13

A couple from Good Shepherd School does the Swing at Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh's Colors of the Rainbow semi-finals on May 5, 2012 (©2012 Archie Carpenter)
A couple from Good Shepherd School does the Swing at Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh’s Colors of the Rainbow semi-finals on May 5, 2012 (©2012 Archie Carpenter)

It’s hard to believe that we have begun our fourth season of Dancing Classrooms in Pittsburgh. Continue reading

Turn “likes” into donations for Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh, courtesy of McGinnis Sisters

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Noreen McGinnis Campbell, honorary chair for Pittsburgh Mercy Health System’s “Mad Hot Ballroom Pittsburgh” event and avid supporter of Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh, has graciously offered to make our program the beneficiary of a nonprofit promotion on Facebook. Continue reading

Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh: the big picture

Starting Friday, May 4, look for Dancing Classrooms on billboards around the Greater Pittsburgh area, courtesy of Lamar Advertising.

Pictured above, left to right, are Adrian Carter and Messiah Anderson from Pittsburgh Lincoln K-5 (Team Yellow), and  Christopher Spudich and Lidia Pietrusza from Pittsburgh Spring Hill K-5 (Team Blue). Continue reading

Meet Gena Melago, our newest teaching artist

Gena Melago, teaching artist for Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh, at the January 7, 2012 Colors of the Rainbow team match (©2012 Archie Carpenter)

Please join us in welcoming Ms. Gena Melago to the Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh team of teaching artists.

Ms. Gena has been dancing since she was five years old. At a young age, she focused on ballet and jazz. While attending Moon High School, she fell in love with Latin dance. Continue reading

Let’s dance: a new semester of Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh is in full swing

Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh logoNow 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. Continue reading

The road to the semi-finals continues

Spring Hill Escorts
Pittsburgh Spring Hill escorts

Family, friends, teachers, and a host of others enjoyed watching the culminating events at schools that took part in the fall 2011 semester of Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh.  All of this, of course, is  leading up to the January 7, 2012 Colors of the Rainbow Team Match.

Most of the Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh culminating events were standing-room only, with all in attendance mesmerized and fascinated by the fifth-grade dancers.

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Pittsburgh Lincoln and Pittsburgh Weil hold culminating events

Pittsburgh Weil Students Tango the day away

As the fall 2011 semester of Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh comes to a close, participating Pittsburgh Public Schools and Pittsburgh Catholic Schools are hosting  their 20th and final lessons, better known as “culminating events.” That’s when students invite friends, families, and teachers to see what they’ve learned over the past 19 lessons in their schools.

Teaching artist Ms. Kelsey Kizina was proud  of her students at Pittsburgh Lincoln and at Pittsburgh Weil.  It was standing room only at both Pittsburgh Public Schools on December 12 as young ballroom dancers “shook what their mamas gave them!”

Pittsburgh Lincoln students shake it at their culminating event on December 12, 2011

2011-2012 Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh starts now

Year three of Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh is underway.

This fall, nine Pittsburgh elementary schools will offer Mercy Behavioral Health‘s in-school program in their fifth-grade classrooms . Continue reading