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Happy Holidays!

From all of us at Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh, Mercy Behavioral Health, and Pittsburgh Mercy Health System, we wish you a joyous and safe holiday season.

Thank you for your support. Know that we count you among our many blessings.

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Young ballroom dancers show poise, elegance, talent

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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

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

Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh is back in the swing for 2012-13

A couple from Good Shepherd School does the Swing at Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh's Colors of the Rainbow semi-finals on May 5, 2012 (©2012 Archie Carpenter)
A couple from Good Shepherd School does the Swing at Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh’s Colors of the Rainbow semi-finals on May 5, 2012 (©2012 Archie Carpenter)

It’s hard to believe that we have begun our fourth season of Dancing Classrooms in Pittsburgh. 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

Pittsburgh Linden captures gold in Colors of the Rainbow

Four students from Pittsburgh Linden K-5 (Team Orange) celebrate their victory at Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh 2011-12 Colors of the Rainbow final team match. The ballroom dance competition for fifth-graders, sponsored by Mercy Behavioral Health, took place at Pittsburgh Allderdice High School in front of a standing-room only crowd on May 19, 2012. This is the second year in a row that Linden’s team has earned the title of grand champion. (© 2012 Archie Carpenter)

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

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