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!
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!!!)
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!!!!
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…
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….
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!
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.