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

2014 5th grade Finals video is here

 

Here is the video from the finals…..enjoy

 

County Councilman Tom Baker Proclaims May 17, 2014 “Dancing Classrooms Day” in Allegheny County!

Allegheny County Councilman, Tom Baker, proclaimed Saturday May 17, 2014, as Dancing Classrooms Day in Allegheny County.  Councilman Baker spoke of the wonderful work done by the teaching artists and the benefits of such a program.

Thank You Councilman Baker!!!

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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

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!!!!

Pittsburgh Mercy Health System Online Auction opening on Saturday, June 1 !!!!!!

Broadway……PNC Park……..Dance Lessons……..Walnut Grill……….Evgenyi Malkin……Arnold Palmer………..Washington Wild Things………..     Just a few of the names attached to our online auction!  Starting on June 1, 2013, Pittsburgh Mercy Health System will be auctioning a number of fun and unique items to benefit Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh. Bid from Pittsburgh or wherever you may live!  Looking for an unusual graduation or wedding gift for someone and a great bargain for yourself? Then you won’t want to miss the Pittsburgh Mercy Health System Online Auction opening on Saturday, June 1 at 9 a.m. and ending Sunday, June 16 at 9 p.m. Place your bids on Pittsburgh Pirates Luxury Suite for 15, or Pittsburgh Pirates Lexus Club tickets for the baseball fan in your life, a $100 Pampered Chef gift certificate for the bride, or passes to the Carnegie Science Center to keep the kids busy this summer. Take in a Broadway show-NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT, along with a backstage tour!  Relax while watching a Washington Wild Things baseball game or take out-of-town visitors to the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium. For those who enjoy the greens, place a bid on 18 holes at Glengarry Golf Links located in the beautiful rolling hills of Latrobe, PA or an autographed copy of “Arnold Palmer: Memories, Stories and Memorabilia.”  Or maybe you are a big hockey fan and would like a Evgenyi Malkin autographed picture, or even a Matt Niskanen autographed jersey.   It is easy to register and place your bids, so bid early and often. Know that every bid gets us closer to our goal. To register go to http://biddingforgood.com/pmhsauction. If you have an auction item you would like to donate or any questions, please contact Lorry Perkins at 724.934.3538 or lperkins@mercy.pmhs.org.

The Original Dance Moms

The "Dance Moms" of Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh.  (left to right) Sally Rogalsky, Janet Yuhasz, Stephanie Murtaugh, Michelle Rone Cooper, Dr. Barbara Rudiak, Cindy Thomas  photo by Archie Carpenter
The “Dance Moms” of Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh. (left to right) Sally Rogalsky, Janet Yuhasz, Stephanie Murtaugh,
Michele Rone Cooper,
Dr. Barbara Rudiak, Cindy Thomas photo by Archie Carpenter 2013

While the reality TV show , “Dance Moms,” is set in Pittsburgh.  They are not the original ones.

Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh officially kicked off Mother’s Day weekend 2013 by recognizing our “Original Dance Moms.”  That’s right-our six dance moms pictured above were honored for their “unrelenting and never-ending support of Dancing Classrooms.”  Each “mom” played a key role in the evolution of Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh.

After seeing Mad Hot Ballroom in the theater, Sally Rogalsky called her son, Mark, to encourage him to take his children to see the movie.  Needless to say he didn’t, but upon viewing it a year later, thought it would be a great addition to prevention programming that he oversaw in the Pittsburgh Public Schools.

A phone call was then placed to Janet Yuhasz-Student Services Coordinator in the Pittsburgh Public Schools-where he told her about Dancing Classrooms and it’s virtues.  Hmm, something to think about.

One day during supervision, Mark raised the idea of a new and innovative addition to the Pittsburgh Mercy Health System’s prevention department.  What could it be?  Dancing Classrooms, of course.  Stephanie Murtaugh was given copies of Mad Hot Ballroom and Take the Lead (with Antonio Banderas) to watch and see what the program was all about.  After watching the movies, her interest was peaked, and the movement was on to bring this program to Pittsburgh.

Not too long after that meeting, a conference call took place, with McAuley Ministries and their executive director, Michele Rone Cooper.  The subject matter was not Dancing Classrooms  but Ms. Murtaugh was so excited about DC, that she told Ms. Cooper, who in turn got very excited about it-you could hear in her voice that this was something she was interested in helping with.

A meeting was set where the National Network Director for Dancing Classrooms came to town.  Potential funders, agency personnel, school personnel and others were invited.  Dr. Barbara Rudiak, an assistant superintendent for the Pittsburgh Public Schools announced that the district stood behind the program and would welcome it into their schools.  Dr. Rudiak had heard of the program years before, and had even brought along future teaching artists, Rozana and Terry Sweeney to this meeting.  It was also during this meeting, that Cindy Thomas, the executive director of Tobacco Free Allegheny, stepped forward and offered financial support of the program.

We felt that these six women should be honored for the roles they played in the creation of Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh.  They are at every event, and they take every opportunity they can to tell others of the success of the program.  We would not be where we are today without them.

On behalf of the principals of the schools and their staff, on behalf of the teaching artists, on behalf of the Prevention Staff of PMHS, on behalf of the almost 3000 students in the Pittsburgh area  whose lives have been changed by Dancing Classrooms, we all say “Thank You, Partner.”

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.

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!