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

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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Picture perfect: photos from Colors of the Rainbow

Tango couples from Pittsburgh Lincoln K-5 (Yellow), Pittsburgh Spring Hill K-5 (Blue), and St. Benedict the Moor K-8 (Emerald)

On Saturday, January 7, 108 fifth graders from nine Pittsburgh elementary schools competed in the Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh Colors of the Rainbow semi-final team match.

Here are a few of many memorable moments from the ballroom dance event as captured by photographer Archie Carpenter. Continue reading

Four elementary schools advance to Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh final ballroom competition

Pittsburgh West Liberty, Team Red (©2012 Archie Carpenter)

Following ten weeks of bi-weekly lessons during the fall 2011 semester, 108 fifth-grade students from seven Pittsburgh Public and two Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh/Extra Mile Foundation elementary schools competed today in the Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh Colors of the Rainbow semi-final team match. Continue reading

The start of something big

In your travels around the City of Pittsburgh over the next two weeks, don’t be surprised if you spot a billboard — or two, or three — promoting Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh Colors of the Rainbow finals.

The young lady and gentleman featured in the public service announcement, Faith Hubert and Nature Askew of  Pittsburgh Allegheny K-5, were beautifully captured  by photographer Archie Carpenter as they performed at the Colors of the Rainbow semi-finals last December. This talented pair of dancers helped to lead their team to the finals, so look for them on stage on May 21. Continue reading