The essence of Dancing Classrooms

7236989242_8e6e2ca6c8_m“Sometimes programs don’t live up to their hype, but this one does.”

That’s what John Wilson of Education Week has to say about Dancing Classrooms. Wilson attended a recent benefit for the program in New York City and, today, shared his impressions.

Read the full story here.

More from NBC News: dancing gives focus outside of academics [video]

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As part of her February 17, 2012 report on Dancing Classrooms for NBC Nightly News, reporter Anne Thompson talked with Jean-Marie Kennedy, a teacher at the Walter Francis Bishop elementary school in New York, about the poise, confidence, and good manners children learn through ballroom dance.

Read Thompson’s reporter’s notebook here and scroll down the page to watch an additional video clip about Dancing Classrooms.

Tonight: Dancing Classrooms on NBC Nightly News

This just in:  Tonight at 6:30 p.m. EST, a segment about Dancing Classrooms is scheduled to air on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams.

Check your local listings and watch to see if you spot any children from Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh.

We’ll post a link to the segment — if available — after it airs.

Much more than dance: a brief history of Dancing Classrooms [video]

People often ask us, “What’s  the story behind Dancing Classrooms?” and “Why would schools make a ballroom dance class mandatory?”  Continue reading

“Becoming Ginger Rogers” book launch benefits Dancing Classrooms

book coverThe recent industry launch of PR maven Patrice Tanaka’s new book, “Becoming Ginger Rogers…How Ballroom Dancing Made Me a Happier Woman, Better Partner and Smarter CEO,” was a fundraiser for Dancing Classrooms.

“I can’t think of a better way to launch my book, which is a memoir/business book about the personal and professional transformation I experienced through ballroom dance, than to use it as a fundraiser for Dancing Classrooms, a program I have long admired for its success in helping to transform young lives one step at a time through ballroom dance,” explains Tanaka. Continue reading

16 Dancing Classrooms sites visit Pittsburgh

Dancing Classrooms site directors from across the country gather for dinner on
Mt. Washington to cap off their conference in Pittsburgh

On July 8 and 9, Pittsburgh was the center of the universe for Dancing Classrooms.   Site directors representing the following 16 areas attended the annual conference: Cleveland, Philadelphia, New York, New Jersey, Long Island, Southeast Florida, Dallas-Fort Worth, Phoenix, Seattle, Western Maryland, Lake Charles Louisiana, Omaha, St. Louis, Winston-Salem,  and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Continue reading

Pittsburgh to host Dancing Classrooms International Site Directors Conference, July 8

On Friday, July 8, Pittsburgh will host the 3rd annual Dancing Classrooms Site Directors Conference at Mercy Behavioral Health‘s South Side office. This is an international event for directors from across the world to come together. Continue reading