Young ballroom dancers show poise, elegance, talent

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This couple from Pittsburgh Lincoln was swept off their feet at Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh’s Colors of the Rainbow semifinal team match on December 15, 2012 (©2012 Archie Carpenter)

On Saturday, December 15, teams of fifth-grade students from nine local schools took the stage for Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh’s Colors of the Rainbow semifinal team match. Continue reading

Top teams show their colors

Congratulations to these four schools for taking top honors in Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh’s Colors of the Rainbow semifinal team match, sponsored by Mercy Behavioral Health, on December 15, 2012.

Photos © 2012 Archie Carpenter
Sister Thea Bowman PreK-8 Catholic Academy (Team Magenta)
Pittsburgh Sunnyside K-8 (Team Indigo)
Pittsburgh Sunnyside K-8 (Team Indigo)
Pittsburgh West Liberty K-5 (Team Red)
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Pittsburgh Lincoln PreK-5 (Team Yellow)

Look for more photos tomorrow.

Four teams capture gold, advance to final ballroom competition

Fifth graders Tango as part of the Colors of the Rainbow team match on December 15, 2012 (©2012 Archie Carpenter)
The Tango is one of five dances performed at Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh’s Colors of the Rainbow team match on December 15, 2012 (©2012 Archie Carpenter)

Today, four teams danced their way to gold in Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh’s Colors of the Rainbow semifinal team match and earned spots in the next round of competition. Continue reading

Dance card set for tomorrow’s Colors of the Rainbow

Dancers shine in the May 5, 2012 Colors of the Rainbow semifinal team match (©2012 Archie Carpenter)
Dancers shine in the May 5, 2012 Colors of the Rainbow semifinal team match (©2012 Archie Carpenter)

Students are ready to take the stage at Pittsburgh Allderdice tomorrow for Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh’s Colors of the Rainbow semifinal team match. Continue reading

Fall semifinal team match set for December 15

The Colors of the Rainbow semifinal team match for the fall 2012 semester of Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh will take place on Saturday, December 15 from 10 a.m. until noon. The event is free and open to the public and will be held in the auditorium of Pittsburgh Allderdice High School, 2409 Shady Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15217. Continue reading

A “Mad Hot” evening for a great cause: Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh

Jane and Bob Bukk, Team Orange, representing Tobacco Free Allegheny, took top honors at Mad Hot Ballroom Pittsburgh, a benefit for Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh. The Bukks were named 2012 grand champions for their award-winning performance. (Photo ©2012 Laszlo Bartos)

By Linda Ross

Congratulations to the winners of Mad Hot Ballroom Pittsburgh, held last night at The Westin Convention Center Pittsburgh Hotel, Downtown. More than 200 guests attended, raising approximately $35,000 for Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh.

Guests were treated to cocktails, dinner, a silent auction, dancing, and a special live performance from children who recently participated in the Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh Colors of the Rainbow 2011-2012 final team match, held last month.

Setting the stage for the adult ballroom dance competition, 24 young ladies and gentlemen demonstrated elegance, poise, and maturity when performing the Merengue, Foxtrot, Rumba, Tango, Continue reading

Fifth graders shine in Colors of the Rainbow ballroom competition

Today, teams of fifth-grade students from eight area elementary schools put on their dancing shoes for Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh Colors of the Rainbow final team match. And what a match it was. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

Second annual Mad Hot Ballroom Pittsburgh set for June 10 to benefit Dancing Classrooms

On Sunday, June 10, 2012, join us for Mad Hot Ballroom Pittsburgh, the second annual benefit for Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh.

From 5 until 9 p.m., enjoy cocktails, a silent auction, buffet dinner, live entertainment, dancing, and more. Once again this year, Mr. Pierre Dulaine, internationally renowned ballroom dancer and founder of Dancing Classrooms, will serve as master of ceremonies and treat everyone to a group dance lesson. Continue reading

Scenes from Colors of the Rainbow May 5 semi-finals

We hope you enjoy these images from Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh’s Colors of the Rainbow semi-final team match, held yesterday at Pittsburgh Allderdice High School. More photos and a video of the competition are coming soon, so check back. If you subscribe to our blog via email, you’ll be notified of new posts.

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Photos ©2012 Archie Carpenter