Colors of the Rainbow Results-May 6, 2017

Congratulations to all of the teams!  They looked great!  They danced great!  Everyone was a winner!!!

BRONZE MEDALISTS

Bronze-Faison
PITTSBURGH FAISON
Bronze-Montessori
PITTSBURGH MONTESSORI
Bronze-Roosevelt
PITTSBURGH ROOSEVELT
Bronze-St Benedict
ST. BENEDICT THE MOOR
Bronze-Sunnyside
PITTSBURGH SUNNYSIDE

OUR SILVER MEDALISTS

Silver-Thea Bowman
SISTER THEA BOWMAN ACADEMY
Silver-Brookline
PITTSBURGH BROOKLINE
Silver-Banksville
PITTSBURGH BANKSVILLE

2017 GRAND CHAMPION

GOLD MEDALIST

PITTSBURGH WESTWOOD GOLD
PITTSBURGH WESTWOOD

 

Proud To Be From Pittsburgh

Many thanks to Peggy Finnegan from WPXI-TV for this wonderful piece with our friends at Sister Thea Bowman Academy.  A video is worth 1,000,000 words!

click here:  Proud To Be From Pittsburgh

Turn Back the Clock Tuesday!

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!

2014 5th grade Finals video is here

 

Here is the video from the finals…..enjoy

 

FINALS ARE SET FOR SATURDAY MAY 17TH 2014

HERE ARE YOUR TEAMS FOR

THE 2014 COLORS OF THE RAINBOW TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP!!!!!

 

 

PITTSBURGH BROOKLINE
PITTSBURGH CARMALT
PITTSBURGH COLFAX
PITTSBURGH DILWORTH
PITTSBURGH LINDEN
PITTSBURGH MILLER
PITTSBURGH PHILLIPS
PITTSBURGH WEIL
PITTSBURGH WEST LIBERTY
URBAN LEAGUE CHARTER SCHOOL

 

SEE YOU AT TAYLOR ALLDERDICE HIGH SCHOOL

2409 SHADY AVENUE

PITTSBURGH, PA  15217

10AM-12PM

 

PITTSBURGH MILLER

It’s January! Time for the start of new classes!!!!

Pittsburgh Montessori (front), Pittsburgh Sunnyside, Pittsburgh Roosevelt
It won’t be long before everyone is on the big stage…..

After a successful fall calendar-our teaching artist’s have started back to work already!

Despite the cold and the snow here is the line-up:

5th grade:

Pittsburgh Banksville-taught by Ms. Gena Melago

Pittsburgh Brookline-taught by Ms. Gena Melago

Pittsburgh Concord-taught by Ms. Jennifer Milligan

Pittsburgh Colfax-taught by Ms. Jennifer Milligan

Pittsburgh Linden-taught by Ms. Jen Hoffman

Pittsburgh Manchester-taught by Ms. Kathy Moran

Pittsburgh Phillips-taught by Ms. Jen Hoffman

Pittsburgh Spring HIll-taught by Mr. Terry Sweeney

Pittsburgh Sunnyside-taught by Ms. Jennifer Milligan

Pittsburgh Weil-taught by Ms. Ashley Douglas

8th grade:

Pittsburgh Arsenal-taught by Ms. Jennifer Milligan and Mr. Terry Sweeney

Pittsburgh Brookline-taught by Ms. Gena Melago

Pittsburgh Langley-taught by Ms. Gena Melago

Pittsburgh Montessori-taught by Ms. Gena Melago

Sister Thea Bowman Academy-taught by Ms. Rozana Sweeney

St. Benedict the Moor-taught by Ms. Rozana Sweeney

Watch for updates and pictures!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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.

My Team’s Color is the Rainbow

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Our teaching artists ( left to right) Ashley Douglas, Gena Melago, Jennifer Milligan, Rozana Sweeney, and Terry Sweeney.

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!

If there was one thing we have taught them….

 

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All Colors of the Rainbow participants congratulate one another after the competition.

Our teaching artist, Ms. Gena Melago, shared this story with me….

“I wanted to share with you a special story from behind the scenes.  I was speaking with some coworkers in the cafeteria and started to notice Pittsburgh Banksville (the white team) going from team to team wishing everyone good luck.  This was something that I have never witnessed before and was shocked when the other schools quickly started to follow suit, walking around to each team and shaking everyone’s hands and wishing them luck.  I walked over to the teacher from Banksville and inquired how this came about.  She quickly told me that Shane had come up with the idea and asked his teammates if they wanted to join.  I was shocked, as you do not know Shane like I do.  This was a huge thing for him to step up and take the lead.  I was very proud to be their teaching artist and see how they have matured over the past several months.  So thank you Shane for reminding us that it is not about winning, but it is about respect and honoring the journey that we have made together.”