Inaugural 8th Grade Colors of the Rainbow Video!

You have seen the 5th graders-now here come the 8th graders!  We couldn’t be prouder of them.  Photos by Archie Carpenter and our Prevention staff.  We have also dedicated this video in honor of a young man who worked so hard throughout the entire Dancing Classrooms residency-Juaun K., an 8th grader from Pittsburgh Langley, had made such tremendous progress – completely impressing Miss Gena and the staff.  A couple of days before the finals, though, he had to have his appendix removed.  We felt it important to do something special for this young man.  If you could please share the video with at least 5 people, we think it would be a fantastic way to show him that he is a champion.

May 4, 2013 Semi-Final Video is here!

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.

On to the finals!

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2013 Colors of the Rainbow Spring semi-final participants
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Some of the lovely ladies from Pittsburgh Linden

It was a beautiful sunny day.  The young ladies and gentleman were elegant and filled with smiles.  And the occasional set of butterflies.  After 20 lessons, it came down to today.  Who was the most proficient at the Merengue?  Who was the smoothest when it came to the Foxtrot   Who brought the bling in their Rumba? Which team Tango-ed into the judges hearts? Which team showed how to shake what their mamas gave them in the Swing?  Sure there were four teams that will be moving on to the finals next week.  I’ll get to that in a minute.  But, as Mr Terry Sweeney says, lets show the love to the whole group.  We had eight amazing schools out there today.  They all looked fabulous.  Smiles, bow ties, dresses, cummerbunds.  and even more smiles.  We are ail proud of what they have done.  They started with pancakes-a simple way to get into dance frame, and now they have traveled the world of dance.  They have become ladies and gentleman.  Just take a look…..

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One of the young men from St Benedict the Moor having his tie adjusted
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Pittsburgh Colfax team members getting the finishing touches on.
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Pittsburgh Linden with final hair adjustments
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Making sure the cummerbund on securely. No wardrobe malfunctions please.
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Pittsburgh Weil principal, Holly Ballrd takes a moment prior to the semi-finals to get a team photo.
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Pittsburgh Spring Hill principal Todd Van Horn, making sure everyone is ready to go.

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Mr. Terry Sweeney warms up the dancers.
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Pittsburgh Miller looking fabulous!
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Pittsburgh Weil dancers know how to get it done!
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everyone loves the Tango and it is because of this-the Scorpion!!!!
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Pittsburgh Colfax knows how to Corte!
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Pittsburgh Linden getting ready to swing back to the finals!
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Pittsburgh Miller supporters once again took over the balcony!

and congratulations to our four teams who will be advancing to the finals next week:

Pittsburgh Miller, Pittsburgh Colfax  Pittsburgh Linden, and Pittsburgh Phillips

watch for more pictures and other updates all week long.  See you at Allderdice on May 11th 10am for the 5th grade finals!!!!!

Winning isn’t everything…..

Recognition by Catholic Health Association of the United States
Recognition by Catholic Health Association of the United States

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!

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.

Coming soon: seminfinal competition video

Pittsburgh Carmalt awaits the start of competition on December 15,12012 (©2012 Archie Carpenter)
Pittsburgh Carmalt awaits the start of competition on December 15,12012 (©2012 Archie Carpenter)

Check back before Christmas for a video from Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh’s Colors of the Rainbow semifinal team match. The photographs in the slide show we posted on Tuesday are only a small sample of the hundreds we took on Saturday. We caught the action behind-the-scenes, on stage, and even in the audience.

Once we post the video to YouTube, we encourage you to give us a “thumbs up,” comment, and share it with your friends.

We’ve got a feeling. . . you’ll want to see this.

Top teams show their colors

Congratulations to these four schools for taking top honors in Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh’s Colors of the Rainbow semifinal team match, sponsored by Mercy Behavioral Health, on December 15, 2012.

Photos © 2012 Archie Carpenter
Sister Thea Bowman PreK-8 Catholic Academy (Team Magenta)
Pittsburgh Sunnyside K-8 (Team Indigo)
Pittsburgh Sunnyside K-8 (Team Indigo)
Pittsburgh West Liberty K-5 (Team Red)
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Pittsburgh Lincoln PreK-5 (Team Yellow)

Look for more photos tomorrow.

Four teams capture gold, advance to final ballroom competition

Fifth graders Tango as part of the Colors of the Rainbow team match on December 15, 2012 (©2012 Archie Carpenter)
The Tango is one of five dances performed at Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh’s Colors of the Rainbow team match on December 15, 2012 (©2012 Archie Carpenter)

Today, four teams danced their way to gold in Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh’s Colors of the Rainbow semifinal team match and earned spots in the next round of competition. Continue reading

Dance card set for tomorrow’s Colors of the Rainbow

Dancers shine in the May 5, 2012 Colors of the Rainbow semifinal team match (©2012 Archie Carpenter)
Dancers shine in the May 5, 2012 Colors of the Rainbow semifinal team match (©2012 Archie Carpenter)

Students are ready to take the stage at Pittsburgh Allderdice tomorrow for Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh’s Colors of the Rainbow semifinal team match. Continue reading