It was a great Saturday at Pittsburgh Allderdice as our nine semifinal teams battled it out. Close as always….Here are the results. Gold teams adavnce to the finals Saturday May 2nd, 10am Pittsburgh Allderdice High School!
Turn Back the Clock Tuesday? Well, we all can’t be perfect….and I let it go on for too long. What, you ask, did I forget? The 5th grade Colors of the Rainbow Semi-Finals video! Special shout out to Archie Carpenter for the wonderful photos!
Just to prove how tough the competition was this past Saturday-check out our video. Filled with pictures by Archie Carpenter and a few by our own PMHS Prevention staff members. Archie always captures the essence of Dancing Classrooms. And there is nothing more that we enjoy than sharing the love with you. If this doesn’t encourage you to come see the talent on Saturday May 11th, 10am Pittsburgh Allderdice High School.
One of the first things I had to do, when we decided to bring Dancing Classrooms to Pittsburgh, was to find the right people to be our teaching artists. We wanted people who would be dedicated, have a working knowledge of dance-and not necessarily in ballroom, have worked with kids, most likely stay in Pittsburgh for awhile, and have a desire to help transform lives….one step at a time.
The five teaching artists that we currently have fit that bill to a tee! We couldn’t be prouder of the work that they do! At our recent semi-final, I had remarked to Rozana Sweeney at how great all of the teams looked. She agreed with me and commented how it would be a very close competition. And that it was.
You see, our teaching artists go through a rigorous training. All five of them had completed a week of training in New York with Pierre Dulaine, the founder of Dancing Classrooms. His first order of business is to tell all of the aspiring teaching artists, that if they are ballroom dancers, to leave there bags at the door. He would be introducing them to a whole new way of thinking. He was right. All five of them had come back from New York with a twinkle in their eye-the type of twinkle that one has when they are ready and eager to make a difference. And that they have done.
This past Saturday, all of the teams were perfectly synchronized during the warm ups. Every student in Pittsburgh, learns the dances the same way. With all the same vocabulary. The same as the students do in Dallas/Fort worth. The same as the students do in Cleveland. The same as the students do in Seattle. The same as the students do in Jaffa, Israel.
It is a testament to Mr. Dulaine. But as we see it in Pittsburgh, it is a testament to the five people in the picture above. Our young ladies and gentleman are fortunate to be learning from them. Although, most of the time, they will tell you how much they have learned from their young ladies and gentleman.
On behalf of Pittsburgh Mercy Health System and Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh, on behalf of the 20 schools that you all have worked in this year, and on behalf of the almost 1,000 young ladies and gentleman of the Pittsburgh Public Schools and the Extra Mile Foundation…..THANK YOU!
Will it be Pittsburgh Banksville? Will it be St. Benedict the Moor? Will it be Pittsburgh Spring Hill What about returning champion Pittsburgh Linden? Or maybe it will be Pittsburgh Colfax? But let’s not forget about Pittsburgh Miller and Pittsburgh Weil? But then again, maybe the trophy will go back to the very first champion, Pittsburgh Phillips…..
In any case, you need to make sure you are there to witness what might be history. Watch for updates……
100 posts. Sounds like a line from a fencing company. But it is a big deal to us at dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh.
A few months ago, we received a request to make a presentation at a conference being held here in Pittsburgh. The 8th Annual Pittsburgh Conference on Child Maltreatment, presented by the Child Advocacy Center at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. They recognized the value of what we offer these young ladies and gentleman and wanted to afford us the opportunity to share this with other professionals. Oh yeah, and they wanted us to have the kids come and perform! So we did. We had students representing Pittsburgh Langley, Pittsburgh Concord, Pittsburgh Lincoln, Pittsburgh Sunnyside, Pittsburgh Weil, and Pittsburgh Montessori. Pittsburgh Langley sent some of their 5th graders, and some of their 8th Graders. Our teaching artist, Miss Ashley Douglas was on hand to run the show for more than 250 conference attendees on Thursday April 25. WPXI tv was also on hand and they filmed a little bit and aired it at the 530PM news. Take a look at how our ladies and gentleman did…
So the 5th graders and the 8th graders totally wowed the audience. They were elegant, they were respectful, they were just plain awesome. They made us and their schools proud.
So the next day, we made a presentation about the program. In what might have been one of the greatest “aha!” moments, the looks on the faces of the participants in our presentation when we told them to go to the back of the room and form a circle. Yes! We did a sample first lesson.
Miss Gena Melago rounded them up and began to teach. Mr. Pierre Dulaine would have been proud. We went from red light to green light to pancakes to burnt pancakes to crispy chicken wings. It was great. A lot of laughter and joy. A lot of smiles. A lot of fun. A lot of people wanting to come and see the upcoming events! Take a look at how much fun they had….
All in all, it was 2 really great days for Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh. Special thanks to Rob Wittman and Jamie Mesar from Children’s Hospital. We are already looking forward to having the kids come and perform next year!
As we approach our upcoming Semi-finals and Colors of the Rainbow Team Finals, we received this in the mail today…Just being nominated was an honor unto itself. The letter we received from the CEO of the Catholic Health Association of the United States, Sr. Carol Keehan, DC, said, “To be nominated for this prestigious award is truly an honor. Congratulations to everyone at your organization and thank you for the service to God’s people through the church’s health ministry.”
A special thanks to our team-Rozana and Terry Sweeney, Ashley Douglas, Jennifer Milligan, and Gena Melago. They have truly taken the lead and have helped to transform these young ladies and gentlemen’s lives, one step at a time!