SEMIFINALS SUCCESS!!!!!!!

It was a great Saturday at Pittsburgh Allderdice as our nine semifinal teams battled it out.  Close as always….Here are the results.  Gold teams adavnce to the finals Saturday May 2nd, 10am  Pittsburgh Allderdice High School!

#DancingClassrooms Pittsburgh!!!!!

All photos by the one and only Archie Carpenter

GOLD TEAMS

GOLD-BANKSVILLE
Pittsburgh Banksville
Pittsburgh Colfax
Pittsburgh Colfax
Pittsburgh Lincoln
Pittsburgh Lincoln
Pittsburgh Linden
Pittsburgh Linden
Urban League Charter School
Urban League Charter School

SILVER TEAMS

Pittsburgh Brookline
Pittsburgh Brookline
Pittsburgh Carmalt
Pittsburgh Carmalt
Pittsburgh COncord
Pittsburgh Concord

Environmental Charter School at Frick Park
Environmental Charter School at Frick Park

Highlights from the Spring Semis

Pittsburgh Concord students await the word....
Pittsburgh Concord students await the word….
Pittsburgh Weil students and their teahing artist Ms. Ashley Douglas
Pittsburgh Weil students and their teahing artist Ms. Ashley Douglas
Pittsburgh Weil students celebrate their advancement to teh finals next week!
Pittsburgh Weil students celebrate their advancement to teh finals next week!
Pittsburgh Phillips students cross their fingers before the announcements of who would be moving on to the finals!
Pittsburgh Phillips students cross their fingers before the announcements of who would be moving on to the finals!
These Pittsburgh Spring HIll students wait to see what their fate would be.
These Pittsburgh Spring HIll students wait to see what their fate would be.
Pittsburgh Spring Hill teachers showed that they could "shake what their mamas gave them!"
Pittsburgh Spring Hill teachers showed that they could “shake what their mamas gave them!”
Promenade with Pittsburgh Phillips
Promenade with Pittsburgh Phillips
Swinging!
Swinging!
Pittsburgh Colfax swinging like there is no tomorrow
Pittsburgh Colfax swinging like there is no tomorrow
Swinging with the Pittsburgh Brookline kids
Swinging with the Pittsburgh Brookline kids
Spring semi final judges (left to right)  Gerry Lavan, Kelly Photopolous, and Adam Glatz
Spring semi final judges (left to right) Gerry Lavan, Kelly Photopolous, and Adam Glatz
Team Captains and school staff
Team Captains and school staff
Pittsburgh Banksville principal, David May, shakes it!
Pittsburgh Banksville principal, David May, shakes it!
Pittsburgh Colfax principal, Adam Sikorski, shows off his moves with the Colfax Team Captain.
Pittsburgh Colfax principal, Adam Sikorski, shows off his moves with the Colfax Team Captain.
Pittsburgh Brookline students
Pittsburgh Brookline students
"Will the owner of a pair of 2014 silver glitter shoes please come to the stage..."
“Will the owner of a pair of 2014 silver glitter shoes please come to the stage…”
Corte!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Pittsburgh Linden students
Corte!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Pittsburgh Linden students
Everybody corte!
Everybody corte!
Scorpion!!!!!  Only one dance....the tango!
Scorpion!!!!! Only one dance….the tango!
Pittsburgh Colfax takes their dancing seriously.
Pittsburgh Colfax takes their dancing seriously.
Mr. Terry Sweeney counting the dancers in.
Mr. Terry Sweeney counting the dancers in.
Pittsburgh Phillips students
Pittsburgh Phillips students

 

Pittsburgh LInden students saying "cheese" while getting ready for the semi finals!
Pittsburgh LInden students saying “cheese” while getting ready for the semi finals!

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

100th Post! The 8th Annual Pittsburgh Conference on Child Maltreatment

100 posts.  Sounds like a line from a fencing company.  But it is a big deal to us at dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh.

A few months ago, we received a request to make a presentation at a conference being held here in Pittsburgh.  The 8th Annual Pittsburgh Conference on Child Maltreatment, presented by the Child Advocacy Center at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.  They recognized the value of what we offer these young ladies and gentleman  and wanted to afford us the opportunity to share this with other professionals.  Oh yeah, and they wanted us to have the kids come and perform!   So we did.  We had students representing Pittsburgh Langley, Pittsburgh Concord,  Pittsburgh Lincoln, Pittsburgh Sunnyside, Pittsburgh Weil, and Pittsburgh Montessori.  Pittsburgh Langley sent some of their 5th graders, and some of their 8th Graders.  Our teaching artist, Miss Ashley Douglas was on hand to run the show for more than 250 conference attendees on Thursday April 25.  WPXI tv was also on hand and they filmed a little bit and aired it at the 530PM news.  Take a look at how our ladies  and gentleman did…

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Our 5th graders warming up
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5th graders from Pittsburgh Concord doing the foxtrot.
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Here comes the Scorpion in the Tango!
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8th graders from Pittsburgh Langley performing the foxtrot under the watchful eyes of Miss Ashley Douglas
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Pittsburgh Langley 8th graders performing the foxtrot.
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The fifth graders getting their scorpion on the move!
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Our 5th graders checking out the 8th graders moves

So the 5th graders and the 8th graders totally wowed the audience.  They were elegant, they were respectful, they were just plain awesome.  They made us and their schools proud.

So the next day, we made a presentation about the program.  In what might have been one of the greatest  “aha!” moments, the looks on the faces of the participants in our presentation when we told them to go to the back of the room and form a circle.  Yes! We did a sample first lesson.

Miss Gena Melago rounded them up and began to teach.  Mr. Pierre Dulaine would have been proud.  We went from red light to green light to pancakes to burnt pancakes to crispy chicken wings.  It was great.  A lot of laughter and joy.  A lot of smiles.  A lot of fun.  A lot of people wanting to come and see the upcoming events!  Take a look at how much fun they had….

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“May I have this dance please?”
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and she responded “Yes, with pleasure” and some burnt pancakes thank you very much!
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Looks like they are going from burnt pancakes and starting to get those crispy chicken wings….
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Everyone had a good time.

All in all, it was 2 really great days for Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh.  Special thanks to Rob Wittman and Jamie Mesar from Children’s Hospital.  We are already looking forward to having the kids come and perform next year!

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

Swing, swing, swing: video from Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh’s May 5 semi-finals [video]

Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh’s newest video features the May 5 Colors of the Rainbow semi-final team match. Let us know what you think by leaving a comment below or on YouTube. We like to hear from you. And please share the link with your friends.

For more Dancing Classrooms videos, including last semester’s semi-finals, click here.

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

Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh featured on KD Country

Pittsburgh Concord fifth-grader John Collie-Paylor admits he was “at little nervous” when he first started Dancing Classrooms. “Then it became fun,” he told Dave Crawley.

This morning, Pittsburgh Concord K-5 welcomed Dave Crawley, reporter for KDKA-TV News, to their culminating event. Mr. Crawley videotaped the young ladies and gentlemen as they performed for their parents, teachers, and classmates in preparation for the May 5 Colors of the Rainbow semi-final team match.

Read more and watch Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh on KDKA-TV  here.

Fifth graders Shreya Khanai, Ashlyn Wilkes, John Collie-Paylor, Kahlyla Washington, and Daniel Antantis shared their thoughts about Dancing Classrooms for tonight’s “KD Country” report. 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