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

Let’s dance: a new semester of Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh is in full swing

Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh logoNow that the fall 2011 semester is a wrap, the winter/spring 2012 session of Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh is under way.  This semester, 10 schools will train to vie for four spots in the Colors of the Rainbow semi-final team match in May. Continue reading

The road to the semi-finals continues

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Family, friends, teachers, and a host of others enjoyed watching the culminating events at schools that took part in the fall 2011 semester of Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh.  All of this, of course, is  leading up to the January 7, 2012 Colors of the Rainbow Team Match.

Most of the Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh culminating events were standing-room only, with all in attendance mesmerized and fascinated by the fifth-grade dancers.

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Pittsburgh Lincoln and Pittsburgh Weil hold culminating events

Pittsburgh Weil Students Tango the day away

As the fall 2011 semester of Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh comes to a close, participating Pittsburgh Public Schools and Pittsburgh Catholic Schools are hosting  their 20th and final lessons, better known as “culminating events.” That’s when students invite friends, families, and teachers to see what they’ve learned over the past 19 lessons in their schools.

Teaching artist Ms. Kelsey Kizina was proud  of her students at Pittsburgh Lincoln and at Pittsburgh Weil.  It was standing room only at both Pittsburgh Public Schools on December 12 as young ballroom dancers “shook what their mamas gave them!”

Pittsburgh Lincoln students shake it at their culminating event on December 12, 2011

16 Dancing Classrooms sites visit Pittsburgh

Dancing Classrooms site directors from across the country gather for dinner on
Mt. Washington to cap off their conference in Pittsburgh

On July 8 and 9, Pittsburgh was the center of the universe for Dancing Classrooms.   Site directors representing the following 16 areas attended the annual conference: Cleveland, Philadelphia, New York, New Jersey, Long Island, Southeast Florida, Dallas-Fort Worth, Phoenix, Seattle, Western Maryland, Lake Charles Louisiana, Omaha, St. Louis, Winston-Salem,  and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Continue reading

They could have danced all night: a recap of Mad Hot Ballroom Pittsburgh

For their outstanding performance, Marcus Poindexter and Kathy Dozzi, team organe representing Tobacco Free Allegheny, captured the first Mad Hot Ballroom Pittsburgh trophy (©2011 Archie Carpenter)

“We had the time of our lives,” said Patrick Flynn of Riverset Credit Union, speaking on behalf of the six couples who competed in Mad Hot Ballroom Pittsburgh, a first-time fundraiser for Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh.

Before the final results were announced, Flynn recognized teaching artists Terry and Rozana Sweeney for training them to ballroom dance in just eight lessons. Like the children who take part in Mercy Behavioral Health‘s  in-school program, the adults learned to Merengue, Foxtrot, Rumba, Tango, and Swing.

Tonight, they showed off their moves in front of an enthusiastic audience of nearly 200 coworkers, friends, family, strangers, and Dancing Classrooms Founding Director Pierre Dulaine. Continue reading

It’s official: Today is Dancing Classrooms Day in the City of Pittsburgh

“It was a great morning event for council,” according to Pittsburgh City Councilman Bruce Kraus.

Kraus is referring to the activities that took place earlier today at Pittsburgh City Council’s meeting where Tuesday, May 24 was named “Dancing Classrooms Day” in the City of Pittsburgh.

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Pittsburgh Linden takes top honors in Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh 2010-11 final team match

The Pittsburgh Linden team and teaching artist Kelsey Kizina celebrate after capturing the trophy in Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh 2010-11 Colors of the Rainbow competition at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall today. The youth program is sponsored by Mercy Behavioral Health. (©2011 Archie Carpenter)

Following an impressive showing  by eight Pittsburgh Public Schools, Pittsburgh Linden K-5, the “orange” team, earned top honors in Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh’s final team match on Saturday, May 21, capping off another successful year of Mercy Behavioral Health‘s in-school program.

For their performances of the Merengue, Foxtrot, Rumba, Tango and Swing, Linden students took home gold medals and the grand prize — the Colors of the Rainbow trophy — for the 2010-11 school year.

Pittsburgh Carmalt PreK-8, the “purple” team did their school proud and placed second in a close race. Continue reading

The excitement is building as teams prepare for tomorrow’s Colors of the Rainbow finals

Fancy footwork by a Pittsburgh Carmalt couple at the May 7 Colors of the Rainbow semi-finals (©2011 Archie Carpenter)

Tomorrow’s the big day when one of eight Pittsburgh Public Schools will be named champion of Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh for the 2010-11 school year.  The Colors of the Rainbow final team match begins at 10 a.m. at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall in Oakland. Continue reading