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!

It’s January! Time for the start of new classes!!!!

Pittsburgh Montessori (front), Pittsburgh Sunnyside, Pittsburgh Roosevelt
It won’t be long before everyone is on the big stage…..

After a successful fall calendar-our teaching artist’s have started back to work already!

Despite the cold and the snow here is the line-up:

5th grade:

Pittsburgh Banksville-taught by Ms. Gena Melago

Pittsburgh Brookline-taught by Ms. Gena Melago

Pittsburgh Concord-taught by Ms. Jennifer Milligan

Pittsburgh Colfax-taught by Ms. Jennifer Milligan

Pittsburgh Linden-taught by Ms. Jen Hoffman

Pittsburgh Manchester-taught by Ms. Kathy Moran

Pittsburgh Phillips-taught by Ms. Jen Hoffman

Pittsburgh Spring HIll-taught by Mr. Terry Sweeney

Pittsburgh Sunnyside-taught by Ms. Jennifer Milligan

Pittsburgh Weil-taught by Ms. Ashley Douglas

8th grade:

Pittsburgh Arsenal-taught by Ms. Jennifer Milligan and Mr. Terry Sweeney

Pittsburgh Brookline-taught by Ms. Gena Melago

Pittsburgh Langley-taught by Ms. Gena Melago

Pittsburgh Montessori-taught by Ms. Gena Melago

Sister Thea Bowman Academy-taught by Ms. Rozana Sweeney

St. Benedict the Moor-taught by Ms. Rozana Sweeney

Watch for updates and pictures!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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.

On to the finals!

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2013 Colors of the Rainbow Spring semi-final participants
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Some of the lovely ladies from Pittsburgh Linden

It was a beautiful sunny day.  The young ladies and gentleman were elegant and filled with smiles.  And the occasional set of butterflies.  After 20 lessons, it came down to today.  Who was the most proficient at the Merengue?  Who was the smoothest when it came to the Foxtrot   Who brought the bling in their Rumba? Which team Tango-ed into the judges hearts? Which team showed how to shake what their mamas gave them in the Swing?  Sure there were four teams that will be moving on to the finals next week.  I’ll get to that in a minute.  But, as Mr Terry Sweeney says, lets show the love to the whole group.  We had eight amazing schools out there today.  They all looked fabulous.  Smiles, bow ties, dresses, cummerbunds.  and even more smiles.  We are ail proud of what they have done.  They started with pancakes-a simple way to get into dance frame, and now they have traveled the world of dance.  They have become ladies and gentleman.  Just take a look…..

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One of the young men from St Benedict the Moor having his tie adjusted
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Pittsburgh Colfax team members getting the finishing touches on.
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Pittsburgh Linden with final hair adjustments
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Making sure the cummerbund on securely. No wardrobe malfunctions please.
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Pittsburgh Weil principal, Holly Ballrd takes a moment prior to the semi-finals to get a team photo.
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Pittsburgh Spring Hill principal Todd Van Horn, making sure everyone is ready to go.

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Mr. Terry Sweeney warms up the dancers.
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Pittsburgh Miller looking fabulous!
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Pittsburgh Weil dancers know how to get it done!
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everyone loves the Tango and it is because of this-the Scorpion!!!!
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Pittsburgh Colfax knows how to Corte!
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Pittsburgh Linden getting ready to swing back to the finals!
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Pittsburgh Miller supporters once again took over the balcony!

and congratulations to our four teams who will be advancing to the finals next week:

Pittsburgh Miller, Pittsburgh Colfax  Pittsburgh Linden, and Pittsburgh Phillips

watch for more pictures and other updates all week long.  See you at Allderdice on May 11th 10am for the 5th grade finals!!!!!

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!

Pittsburgh Spring Hill brings swing to the house where they usually sing….

The 5th graders of Pittsburgh Spring Hill K-5 came to “shake what their mama’s gave them” today at the Pittsburgh Opera’s Downtown facility.What a magnificent space to hold their culminating event for family and friends.  Principal Todd Van Horn welcomed the families and introduced Mr Terry Sweeney, their teaching artist, and the fun began.  See for yourself….

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Pittsburgh Spring Hill K-5 students dance the merengue at their culminating event on April 24, 2013 at the Pittsburgh Opera House.
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Pittsburgh Spring Hill K-5 students dance the tango-specifically the Corte step, at their culminating event on April 24, 2013 at the Pittsburgh Opera House.
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Pittsburgh Spring Hill K-5 students dance the rumba at their culminating event on April 24, 2013 at the Pittsburgh Opera House. Here they are starting the square step where the ladies “show their diamonds and comb their hair!”
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Pittsburgh Spring Hill K-5 students dance the rumba at their culminating event on April 24, 2013 at the Pittsburgh Opera House.
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Even the parents “shake what their mama’s gave them” at their culminating event on April 24, 2013 at the Pittsburgh Opera House.

Four elementary schools advance to Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh final ballroom competition

Pittsburgh Dilworth PreK-5 (Team Red)

Following ten weeks of bi-weekly lessons during the winter/spring 2012 semester, 96 fifth-grade students competed today in the Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh Colors of the Rainbow semi-final team match.  Seven teams were from Pittsburgh Public Schools; one from an elementary school in Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh.

Of the eight schools, four will now advance to the 2011-12 Colors of the Rainbow final team match, scheduled for Saturday, May 19, 2012. Continue reading

Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh: the big picture

Starting Friday, May 4, look for Dancing Classrooms on billboards around the Greater Pittsburgh area, courtesy of Lamar Advertising.

Pictured above, left to right, are Adrian Carter and Messiah Anderson from Pittsburgh Lincoln K-5 (Team Yellow), and  Christopher Spudich and Lidia Pietrusza from Pittsburgh Spring Hill K-5 (Team Blue). Continue reading

Everybody dance now: highlights from Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh’s semi-final competition [video]

Watch highlights from Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh Colors of the Rainbow team match held on January 7, 2012. Let us know what you think by leaving a comment here or on YouTube. We appreciate your opinion.

Click here to see more of our videos.

Picture perfect: photos from Colors of the Rainbow

Tango couples from Pittsburgh Lincoln K-5 (Yellow), Pittsburgh Spring Hill K-5 (Blue), and St. Benedict the Moor K-8 (Emerald)

On Saturday, January 7, 108 fifth graders from nine Pittsburgh elementary schools competed in the Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh Colors of the Rainbow semi-final team match.

Here are a few of many memorable moments from the ballroom dance event as captured by photographer Archie Carpenter. Continue reading