The Countdown Begins!

Today we had our first culminating event of 2014-2015!  Ms. Jennifer Milligan did an incredible job with her students.  Here are a few pics from Pittsburgh Phillips.  Watch for more!

'tis the season-parents filming their young ladies and gentleman!
’tis the season-parents filming their young ladies and gentleman!

 

Pittsburgh Phillips students
Pittsburgh Phillips students

 

Corte!!!!!!
Corte!!!!!!

 

Ms. Sigal shows her students how to do the merengue!
Ms. Sigal shows her students how to do the merengue!

 

Pittsburgh Phillips
Pittsburgh Phillips

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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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!

The countdown is on! Semi-finals 10am Saturday May 4

Will you be crossing your fingers for good luck?
Will you be crossing your fingers for good luck?

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……

Be there or be square.  Aloha!

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!

Look out Fred and Ginger! The Pittsburgh kids are here!

Miss Jen has a poet at Pittsburgh Colfax
Miss Jen has a poet at Pittsburgh Colfax

What an exciting week it has been!  This week we had Culminating events at Pittsburgh Banksville, Pittsburgh Miller, Pittsburgh Colfax, and Pittsburgh Weil.  The young ladies and gentleman did outstanding jobs!  And they should- Miss Gena, Miss Jen and Miss Ashley did incredible jobs in teaching them.  Here are a few pictures of our ladies and gentleman:

Pittsburgh Banksville had everyone in the family doing the stomp!
Pittsburgh Banksville had everyone in the family doing the stomp!
Pittsburgh Banksville Students doing their best Scorpion!
Pittsburgh Banksville Students doing their best Scorpion!
Pittsburgh Banksville students tangoing their way through the day!
Pittsburgh Banksville students tangoing their way through the day!
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Pittsburgh Weil students shaking what their mama’s gave them!
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Pittsburgh Banksville perfects their dance frames!
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“Thank you Miss Gena for making  me the best dancer in my family.” Said the young man from Pittsburgh Banksville.
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Pittsburgh Phillips principal, Mr Boonstra, was shaking his pockets!
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Pittsburgh Weil students show off their skills.
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Demonstration of the swing at Pittsburgh Weil
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Pittsburgh Phillips students showing off their scorpion!
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Pittsburgh Phillips 4th grader teacher, Judy Sigal shows that she knows how to shake it!
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This is what the escort position looks like below the knees at Pittsburgh Phillips.
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Pittsburgh Phillips students dong their “C” step for the foxtrot.
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What culminating event wouldn’t be complete without the Heel Toe Polka. Right Right Right!
Pittsburgh Colfax Principal, Adam Sikorski, gets schooled in the proper merengue style.
Pittsburgh Colfax Principal, Adam Sikorski, gets schooled in the proper merengue style.