Swing, swing, swing: video from Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh’s May 5 semi-finals [video]

Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh’s newest video features the May 5 Colors of the Rainbow semi-final team match. Let us know what you think by leaving a comment below or on YouTube. We like to hear from you. And please share the link with your friends.

For more Dancing Classrooms videos, including last semester’s semi-finals, click here.

Team colors announced for May 19 Colors of the Rainbow finals

It’s that time of year again.

We’ve chosen the colors for the eight elementary schools who will compete in Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh’s Colors of the Rainbow final team match.

The ballroom dance competition, sponsored by Mercy Behavioral Health, takes place on Saturday, May 19 beginning at 10 a.m. at Pittsburgh Allderdice High School. As always, the event is free and open to the public. 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

Four elementary schools advance to Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh final ballroom competition

Pittsburgh Dilworth PreK-5 (Team Red)

Following ten weeks of bi-weekly lessons during the winter/spring 2012 semester, 96 fifth-grade students competed today in the Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh Colors of the Rainbow semi-final team match.  Seven teams were from Pittsburgh Public Schools; one from an elementary school in Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh.

Of the eight schools, four will now advance to the 2011-12 Colors of the Rainbow final team match, scheduled for Saturday, May 19, 2012. Continue reading

Eight elementary schools to compete in May 5 Colors of the Rainbow semi-finals

Pittsburgh Miller PreK-5 shows how to Swing at the January 2012 Colors of the Rainbow semi-finals (© 2012 Archie Carpenter)

Saturday, May 5 is the big day for 96 newly trained ballroom dancers from eight Pittsburgh elementary schools.

At the Colors of the Rainbow semi-final team match, fifth graders from seven Pittsburgh Public Schools and one Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh school will dance the Merengue, Rumba, Foxtrot, Tango, and Swing in front of a panel of  judges.

Based on their performances, four of the eight  teams will advance to the final round of competition for Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh’s 2011-12 school year. Continue reading

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

NBC Nightly News
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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.

Behind the scenes at Colors of the Rainbow

What happens before our ballroom dancers take the stage? Here’s a look behind the scenes before Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh’s most recent Colors of the Rainbow team match.

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Meet Gena Melago, our newest teaching artist

Gena Melago, teaching artist for Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh, at the January 7, 2012 Colors of the Rainbow team match (©2012 Archie Carpenter)

Please join us in welcoming Ms. Gena Melago to the Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh team of teaching artists.

Ms. Gena has been dancing since she was five years old. At a young age, she focused on ballet and jazz. While attending Moon High School, she fell in love with Latin dance. Continue reading

Dancing Classrooms life lesson: respect

trust and create
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By Kimberly Flaherty

“R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Find out what it means to me.”  ~ Aretha Franklin


We know it when we see it.

When we respect ourselves and others, it shows… in our attitude,  in our words, and in our behavior. We may smile a little more. Others may notice us walking a bit taller. Continue reading

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