2014 5th grade Finals video is here


Here is the video from the finals…..enjoy


An Inspirational Thank You from Hema Baniya

As a teaching artist, we thrive off of the positive changes we see in the students and we become inspired by how amazing these young ladies and gentlemen are.  I recently received Thank You notes and pictures from Banksville Elementary School.  The words from these students made me realize how lucky I am to be a part of their lives and watch them grow into young ladies and gentlemen.  These students’ words told me a story that you would only find through Dancing Classrooms.  There is one young lady, who is wise beyond her years, and I felt that I needed to share her note.

Hema's letter to Ms. Gena
Hema’s letter to Ms. Gena

What is Dancing Classrooms?

When we began to gather interest to bring Dancing Classrooms to Pittsburgh, a few years back, people would always ask, “What is Dancing Classrooms?”  Is it a dance program? Is it after-school?  What dances do the students learn? Just a few of the questions that would be asked.  I always wished I could show them Mad Hot Ballroom, or Take the Lead.  Most folks hadn’t seen either of those movies.  This past June, at our fundraiser, Mad Hot Ballroom Pittsburgh, we created this video which we believe defines what the program is about.  Sit back and enjoy.  And as always please feel free to share and spread the word!

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.

Some fun tonight [video]

Here’s our video from Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh’s Colors of the Rainbow semifinal team match held December 15, 2012. Be sure to watch in HD and turn it up! Please let us know what you think — here and on YouTube — and share the link with your friends.  

Happy Holidays from all of us at Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh.

Young ballroom dancers show poise, elegance, talent

swing dance
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

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