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

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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

Shalom Chaverim (“Hello Friends” in Hebrew)! DCPittsburgh and Karmiel (Israel) Connect!


Shalom Chaverim!  We finally did it!!!  Finally?  Yes, FINALLY!  Well, not really finally because this is only the beginning.  When I first met Miri Shahaf-Levi the summer of 2012 in New York City.  The Annual Dancing Classrooms Site Director’s Conference.  No sooner do I walk into the pre-conference festivities, than Pierre Dulaine grabs me by the arm to introduce me to Miri.  We talked about our programs ( you have heard us talk about “Dancing in Jaffa,” she oversees Dancing Classrooms Israel.) and began a conversation of how can we connect Pittsburgh and Israel.

Fast forward to February 2015.  Miri emails me and she tells me how Pittsburgh’s sister city in Israel, Karmiel, has two schools participating in Dancing Classrooms this year.  We talk details – especially the time difference as Israel is 6 hours ahead.  No problem as they will have their 20th lesson/Culminating event later in the day.  Perfect!  And when does everything go perfect????

Well, we did it.  Wasn’t easy, but it was truly a great experience.  Pittsburgh Linden ( special thanks to Ms Darla Jackson and parent volunteer, Mrs. Lori Smolar for all their help), Pittsburgh Colfax (Special thanks to Ms Conroy and Ms Stefanyak), and Pittsburgh Lincoln (special thanks to Principal Virginia HIll!) Face-timed and Skyped with the students at the Kalanit School and the Hadekel School in Karmiel, Israel.  Wow!  The Pittsburgh kids learned some Hebrew, cheered on their new “chaverim,” did the STOMP along with their chaverim at Kalanit School, and said “Todah Rabah (Thank You Very Much),” when it was time to say goodbye.  Miri, we look forward to SKYPE-ing with our new friends again soon!  Enjoy the pictures from this incredible event!!  Thanks to everyone, but especially all of the kids-both here in Pittsburgh and in Karmiel!  ( Thanks to our photographers from Dancing Classrooms Israel, Mark Rogalsky, Principal Virginia Hill, and Jennifer Hoffman!!!)

 

The Hadekel School students dance while Pittsburgh Colfax and Pittsburgh Lincoln students watch from thousands of mile away.
The Kalanit School students get to see the Pittsburgh Linden students-Facetime Dancing Classrooms style!
The Kalanit School students get to see the Pittsburgh Linden students-Facetime Dancing Classrooms style!
The Kalanit School students get to see the Pittsburgh Linden students-Facetime Dancing Classrooms style!
The Kalanit School students get to see the Pittsburgh Linden students-Facetime Dancing Classrooms style!
The Hadekel School students dance while Pittsburgh Colfax and Pittsburgh Lincoln students watch from thousands of mile away.
Pittsburgh Lincoln students cheer on their "chaverim" - friends in Hebrew - at the Hadekol School in Karmiel, Israel.
Pittsburgh Lincoln students cheer on their “chaverim” – friends in Hebrew – at the Hadekel School in Karmiel, Israel.
Pittsburgh Colfax teacher, Ms. Robyn Stefanyak, holds her ipad so that the Hadekel School students in Karmiel, Israel can see their new friends in Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh Colfax students watch their chaverim -firends- in Karmiel, Israel at the Hadekel School.
Signs that Pittsburgh Linden students held up while watching the Kalanit School students danced.
Signs that Pittsburgh Linden students held up while watching the Kalanit School students danced.
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Pittsburgh Linden students facetiming with the Kalanit School students in Karmiel, Israel.

 

Colors of the Rainbow Fall 2013 Video

Lights Camera Action!!!    Special thanks to Archie Carpenter for his incredible eye!

2013-2014 Colors of the Rainbow Fall Semi-Final set for December 14!

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Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh’s 2013-2014 Colors of the Rainbow Fall Semi-Final is set for December 14, 2013. This event is free and open to the public.  The event will take place at Allderdice High School, 2409 Shady Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA  15217.  The time is from 2:00PM until 4:00PM.

Students from Pittsburgh Montessori, Sister Thea Bowman Academy, St Benedict the Moor, Pittsburgh Langley, Pittsburgh Lincoln, Pittsburgh Carmalt, Pittsburgh Miller, Urban League Charter School, Pittsburgh West Liberty, and Pittsburgh Dilworth will be vying for four (4) spots in the Colors of the Rainbow Finals to be held in May 2014.

Come on out and watch the kids merengue, fox trot, rumba, tango and swing!  You won’t be sorry!!!!

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!

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

Students in the spotlight: WTAE’s Sally Wiggin visits Pittsburgh Lincoln, news story to air tonight

Sally Wiggin of WTAE-TV interviews Pittsburgh Lincoln fifth grader Keyshawn Jordan about Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh

Tonight, Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh will be featured on the 5 p.m. broadcast of Channel 4 Action News on WTAE-TV Pittsburgh. Earlier today, Sally Wiggin, news anchor, visited Pittsburgh Lincoln K-8 to watch students dance under the direction of teaching artist Gena Melago.

[Edit: watch news story here]

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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