You make me feel like dancing: Pittsburgh Banksville fifth graders reflect on Dancing Classrooms

Pittsburgh Banksville (Team White) at the Colors of the Rainbow team match on May 5, 2012 (©2012 Archie Carpenter)

Following their participation in Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh, students from Pittsburgh Banksville PreK-5 wrote to their teaching artist Ms. Gena Melago.

Here are some of their notes to her about the program. Continue reading

In step with teaching artist Luisa Nayhouse

By Luisa Nayhouse

Ms. Luisa prepares students from Pittsburgh Whittier K-5 for competition in May 2011

It’s been just over a year since I trained with Pierre Dulaine in New York City to become a teaching artist for Dancing Classrooms.

The fall 2011 semester was especially meaningful to me. When we started at Pittsburgh West Liberty in September, it seemed as though a few students were on a mission to disrupt our classes. With one term of experience at Pittsburgh Whittier in the spring of 2011, and because of my psychology background, I felt more than prepared to handle and manage the classroom despite the challenges. Continue reading

The verdict is in: Dancing Classrooms is a winner

Colors of the Rainbow judges Patrick Flynn and Kelly Photopoulos compare notes during Saturday's competition (©2012 Archie Carpenter)

People share a remarkable number of uplifting  stories with us about Dancing Classrooms.  These stories come from both expected and unexpected sources — from the students and their parents, from our teaching artists, and from school administrators and employees, including custodians.

Now, one of our judges weighs in about what she’s observed as a Colors of the Rainbow official. Continue reading