Colors of the Rainbow Results-May 6, 2017

Congratulations to all of the teams!  They looked great!  They danced great!  Everyone was a winner!!!

BRONZE MEDALISTS

Bronze-Faison
PITTSBURGH FAISON
Bronze-Montessori
PITTSBURGH MONTESSORI
Bronze-Roosevelt
PITTSBURGH ROOSEVELT
Bronze-St Benedict
ST. BENEDICT THE MOOR
Bronze-Sunnyside
PITTSBURGH SUNNYSIDE

OUR SILVER MEDALISTS

Silver-Thea Bowman
SISTER THEA BOWMAN ACADEMY
Silver-Brookline
PITTSBURGH BROOKLINE
Silver-Banksville
PITTSBURGH BANKSVILLE

2017 GRAND CHAMPION

GOLD MEDALIST

PITTSBURGH WESTWOOD GOLD
PITTSBURGH WESTWOOD

 

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!

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.

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!

Look out Fred and Ginger! The Pittsburgh kids are here!

Miss Jen has a poet at Pittsburgh Colfax
Miss Jen has a poet at Pittsburgh Colfax

What an exciting week it has been!  This week we had Culminating events at Pittsburgh Banksville, Pittsburgh Miller, Pittsburgh Colfax, and Pittsburgh Weil.  The young ladies and gentleman did outstanding jobs!  And they should- Miss Gena, Miss Jen and Miss Ashley did incredible jobs in teaching them.  Here are a few pictures of our ladies and gentleman:

Pittsburgh Banksville had everyone in the family doing the stomp!
Pittsburgh Banksville had everyone in the family doing the stomp!
Pittsburgh Banksville Students doing their best Scorpion!
Pittsburgh Banksville Students doing their best Scorpion!
Pittsburgh Banksville students tangoing their way through the day!
Pittsburgh Banksville students tangoing their way through the day!
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Pittsburgh Weil students shaking what their mama’s gave them!
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Pittsburgh Banksville perfects their dance frames!
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“Thank you Miss Gena for making  me the best dancer in my family.” Said the young man from Pittsburgh Banksville.
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Pittsburgh Phillips principal, Mr Boonstra, was shaking his pockets!
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Pittsburgh Weil students show off their skills.
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Demonstration of the swing at Pittsburgh Weil
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Pittsburgh Phillips students showing off their scorpion!
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Pittsburgh Phillips 4th grader teacher, Judy Sigal shows that she knows how to shake it!
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This is what the escort position looks like below the knees at Pittsburgh Phillips.
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Pittsburgh Phillips students dong their “C” step for the foxtrot.
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What culminating event wouldn’t be complete without the Heel Toe Polka. Right Right Right!
Pittsburgh Colfax Principal, Adam Sikorski, gets schooled in the proper merengue style.
Pittsburgh Colfax Principal, Adam Sikorski, gets schooled in the proper merengue style.

What is Dancing Classrooms?

When we began to gather interest to bring Dancing Classrooms to Pittsburgh, a few years back, people would always ask, “What is Dancing Classrooms?”  Is it a dance program? Is it after-school?  What dances do the students learn? Just a few of the questions that would be asked.  I always wished I could show them Mad Hot Ballroom, or Take the Lead.  Most folks hadn’t seen either of those movies.  This past June, at our fundraiser, Mad Hot Ballroom Pittsburgh, we created this video which we believe defines what the program is about.  Sit back and enjoy.  And as always please feel free to share and spread the word!

Some fun tonight [video]

Here’s our video from Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh’s Colors of the Rainbow semifinal team match held December 15, 2012. Be sure to watch in HD and turn it up! Please let us know what you think — here and on YouTube — and share the link with your friends.  

Happy Holidays from all of us at Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh.

Much more than dance: a brief history of Dancing Classrooms [video]

People often ask us, “What’s  the story behind Dancing Classrooms?” and “Why would schools make a ballroom dance class mandatory?”  Continue reading