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

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.

 

2014 5th grade Finals video is here

 

Here is the video from the finals…..enjoy

 

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!

FINALS ARE SET FOR SATURDAY MAY 17TH 2014

HERE ARE YOUR TEAMS FOR

THE 2014 COLORS OF THE RAINBOW TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP!!!!!

 

 

PITTSBURGH BROOKLINE
PITTSBURGH CARMALT
PITTSBURGH COLFAX
PITTSBURGH DILWORTH
PITTSBURGH LINDEN
PITTSBURGH MILLER
PITTSBURGH PHILLIPS
PITTSBURGH WEIL
PITTSBURGH WEST LIBERTY
URBAN LEAGUE CHARTER SCHOOL

 

SEE YOU AT TAYLOR ALLDERDICE HIGH SCHOOL

2409 SHADY AVENUE

PITTSBURGH, PA  15217

10AM-12PM

 

PITTSBURGH MILLER

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

May 4, 2013 Semi-Final Video is here!

Just to prove how tough the competition was this past Saturday-check out our video.  Filled with pictures by Archie Carpenter and a few by our own PMHS Prevention staff members.  Archie always captures the essence of Dancing Classrooms.  And there is nothing more that we enjoy than sharing the love with you.  If this doesn’t encourage you to come see the talent on Saturday May 11th, 10am Pittsburgh Allderdice High School.

On to the finals!

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2013 Colors of the Rainbow Spring semi-final participants
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Some of the lovely ladies from Pittsburgh Linden

It was a beautiful sunny day.  The young ladies and gentleman were elegant and filled with smiles.  And the occasional set of butterflies.  After 20 lessons, it came down to today.  Who was the most proficient at the Merengue?  Who was the smoothest when it came to the Foxtrot   Who brought the bling in their Rumba? Which team Tango-ed into the judges hearts? Which team showed how to shake what their mamas gave them in the Swing?  Sure there were four teams that will be moving on to the finals next week.  I’ll get to that in a minute.  But, as Mr Terry Sweeney says, lets show the love to the whole group.  We had eight amazing schools out there today.  They all looked fabulous.  Smiles, bow ties, dresses, cummerbunds.  and even more smiles.  We are ail proud of what they have done.  They started with pancakes-a simple way to get into dance frame, and now they have traveled the world of dance.  They have become ladies and gentleman.  Just take a look…..

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One of the young men from St Benedict the Moor having his tie adjusted
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Pittsburgh Colfax team members getting the finishing touches on.
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Pittsburgh Linden with final hair adjustments
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Making sure the cummerbund on securely. No wardrobe malfunctions please.
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Pittsburgh Weil principal, Holly Ballrd takes a moment prior to the semi-finals to get a team photo.
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Pittsburgh Spring Hill principal Todd Van Horn, making sure everyone is ready to go.

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Mr. Terry Sweeney warms up the dancers.
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Pittsburgh Miller looking fabulous!
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Pittsburgh Weil dancers know how to get it done!
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everyone loves the Tango and it is because of this-the Scorpion!!!!
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Pittsburgh Colfax knows how to Corte!
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Pittsburgh Linden getting ready to swing back to the finals!
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Pittsburgh Miller supporters once again took over the balcony!

and congratulations to our four teams who will be advancing to the finals next week:

Pittsburgh Miller, Pittsburgh Colfax  Pittsburgh Linden, and Pittsburgh Phillips

watch for more pictures and other updates all week long.  See you at Allderdice on May 11th 10am for the 5th grade finals!!!!!

The countdown is on! Semi-finals 10am Saturday May 4

Will you be crossing your fingers for good luck?
Will you be crossing your fingers for good luck?

Will it be Pittsburgh Banksville?  Will it be St. Benedict the Moor?  Will it be Pittsburgh Spring Hill   What about returning champion Pittsburgh Linden?  Or maybe it will be Pittsburgh Colfax? But let’s not forget about Pittsburgh Miller and Pittsburgh Weil?  But then again, maybe the trophy will go back to the very first champion, Pittsburgh Phillips…..

In any case, you need to make sure you are there to witness what might be history.  Watch for updates……

Be there or be square.  Aloha!

Pittsburgh Linden shakes it for their families!

Despite the rain, families showed up in droves to see their students shakin’ what their mamas gave them!  Mr. Terry Sweeney made sure that all of the Pittsburgh K-5 students performed at the top of their game   And that they did…and everyone got into the act.  A great time was had by all-see for yourself!

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Parents and students dancing the Merengue togehter
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Starburst-ing during the 

Merengue

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you name the electronic device and I guarantee in was in this audience

Pittsburgh Linden students perform the Tango at their culminating event on April 29, 2013
Pittsburgh Linden students perform the Tango at their culminating event on April 29, 2013
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Doing the corte in the Tango. How elegant do they look?
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can you tell how hard they are concentrating on counting the number of steps?
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We love out 5th graders. Some days you gotta dance.
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Here comes that scorpion….

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The dad’s were out there shaking it today…well done gentleman!