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!
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!
As we approach our upcoming Semi-finals and Colors of the Rainbow Team Finals, we received this in the mail today…Just being nominated was an honor unto itself. The letter we received from the CEO of the Catholic Health Association of the United States, Sr. Carol Keehan, DC, said, “To be nominated for this prestigious award is truly an honor. Congratulations to everyone at your organization and thank you for the service to God’s people through the church’s health ministry.”
A special thanks to our team-Rozana and Terry Sweeney, Ashley Douglas, Jennifer Milligan, and Gena Melago. They have truly taken the lead and have helped to transform these young ladies and gentlemen’s lives, one step at a time!
Starting on June 1, 2013, Pittsburgh Mercy Health System will be auctioning a number of fun and unique items to benefit Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh. 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. 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 me (Lorry Perkins) at 724.934.3538 or email@example.com.
On Sunday, June 10, 2012, join us for Mad Hot Ballroom Pittsburgh, the second annual benefit for Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh.
From 5 until 9 p.m., enjoy cocktails, a silent auction, buffet dinner, live entertainment, dancing, and more. Once again this year, Mr. Pierre Dulaine, internationally renowned ballroom dancer and founder of Dancing Classrooms, will serve as master of ceremonies and treat everyone to a group dance lesson. Continue reading →
The fall 2011 semester was especially meaningful to me. When we started at Pittsburgh West Liberty in September, it seemed as though a few students were on a mission to disrupt our classes. With one term of experience at Pittsburgh Whittier in the spring of 2011, and because of my psychology background, I felt more than prepared to handle and manage the classroom despite the challenges. Continue reading →
Last night marked the 8th and final lesson for the couples who will compete at Mad Hot Ballroom Pittsburgh, a benefit for Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh, on Sunday, June 12.
All were novice dancers when they volunteered for the event. Four of the six couples are married, including a pair of newlyweds. One is a pair of coworkers. Another barely know one another. Continue reading →
Treat yourself to an entertaining evening of ballroom dance, cocktails, a buffet dinner, silent auction, and special performances by students from Pittsburgh Linden K-5, champions of Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh 2010-11 Colors of the Rainbow.
Most importantly, you’ll take the lead in helping Pittsburgh children.
In addition to his impressive dance repertoire, Dulaine’s influence extended into film with the release of the 2005 documentary Mad Hot Ballroom, an inspiring look inside the lives of children on a journey into the world of ballroom dancing. His teaching experience in New York City schools was also the inspiration for the 2006 film, Take The Lead, starring Antonio Banderas as Dulaine. Continue reading →