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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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!”
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
“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 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.
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