The essence of Dancing Classrooms

7236989242_8e6e2ca6c8_m“Sometimes programs don’t live up to their hype, but this one does.”

That’s what John Wilson of Education Week has to say about Dancing Classrooms. Wilson attended a recent benefit for the program in New York City and, today, shared his impressions.

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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

A “Mad Hot” evening for a great cause: Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh

Jane and Bob Bukk, Team Orange, representing Tobacco Free Allegheny, took top honors at Mad Hot Ballroom Pittsburgh, a benefit for Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh. The Bukks were named 2012 grand champions for their award-winning performance. (Photo ©2012 Laszlo Bartos)

By Linda Ross

Congratulations to the winners of Mad Hot Ballroom Pittsburgh, held last night at The Westin Convention Center Pittsburgh Hotel, Downtown. More than 200 guests attended, raising approximately $35,000 for Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh.

Guests were treated to cocktails, dinner, a silent auction, dancing, and a special live performance from children who recently participated in the Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh Colors of the Rainbow 2011-2012 final team match, held last month.

Setting the stage for the adult ballroom dance competition, 24 young ladies and gentlemen demonstrated elegance, poise, and maturity when performing the Merengue, Foxtrot, Rumba, Tango, Continue reading

Second annual Mad Hot Ballroom Pittsburgh set for June 10 to benefit Dancing Classrooms

On Sunday, June 10, 2012, join us for Mad Hot Ballroom Pittsburgh, the second annual benefit for Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh.

From 5 until 9 p.m., enjoy cocktails, a silent auction, buffet dinner, live entertainment, dancing, and more. Once again this year, Mr. Pierre Dulaine, internationally renowned ballroom dancer and founder of Dancing Classrooms, will serve as master of ceremonies and treat everyone to a group dance lesson. Continue reading

Dancing Classrooms life lesson: respect

trust and create
Denise Carbonell via Flickr

By Kimberly Flaherty

“R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Find out what it means to me.”  ~ Aretha Franklin

Respect.

We know it when we see it.

When we respect ourselves and others, it shows… in our attitude,  in our words, and in our behavior. We may smile a little more. Others may notice us walking a bit taller. Continue reading

Much more than dance: a brief history of Dancing Classrooms [video]

People often ask us, “What’s  the story behind Dancing Classrooms?” and “Why would schools make a ballroom dance class mandatory?”  Continue reading

In step with teaching artist Luisa Nayhouse

By Luisa Nayhouse

Ms. Luisa prepares students from Pittsburgh Whittier K-5 for competition in May 2011

It’s been just over a year since I trained with Pierre Dulaine in New York City to become a teaching artist for Dancing Classrooms.

The fall 2011 semester was especially meaningful to me. When we started at Pittsburgh West Liberty in September, it seemed as though a few students were on a mission to disrupt our classes. With one term of experience at Pittsburgh Whittier in the spring of 2011, and because of my psychology background, I felt more than prepared to handle and manage the classroom despite the challenges. Continue reading

Let’s dance: a new semester of Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh is in full swing

Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh logoNow that the fall 2011 semester is a wrap, the winter/spring 2012 session of Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh is under way.  This semester, 10 schools will train to vie for four spots in the Colors of the Rainbow semi-final team match in May. Continue reading