Turn Back the Clock Tuesday? Well, we all can’t be perfect….and I let it go on for too long. What, you ask, did I forget? The 5th grade Colors of the Rainbow Semi-Finals video! Special shout out to Archie Carpenter for the wonderful photos!
Our SIlver Awardees from the fall semi-finals of Colors of the Rainbow
Here is the video from the finals…..enjoy
HERE ARE YOUR TEAMS FOR
THE 2014 COLORS OF THE RAINBOW TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP!!!!!
PITTSBURGH WEST LIBERTY
URBAN LEAGUE CHARTER SCHOOL
SEE YOU AT TAYLOR ALLDERDICE HIGH SCHOOL
2409 SHADY AVENUE
PITTSBURGH, PA 15217
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.
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…..
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!!!!!
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!
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!
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:
Spring is in the air! As my second season as a Teaching Artist is winding down, I can’t help but look back at how far we have come. From first class jitters, to giggling over the Heel-Toe Polka, to preparing for our Culminating Events, I’ve had the joy of watching 5th and 8th grade students grow into ladies and gentlemen.
One of the highlights of my 2013 Spring semester was when I was invited to the Valentine’s Day Dance at Pittsburgh Weil, where I work with the 5th grade class. The dance was for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students, but the teachers thought it would be a great opportunity for the 5th grade to show what they’ve been learning in Dancing Classrooms. To kick off the dance, the ladies and gentlemen of the 5th grade took over the dance floor and danced the Fox Trot. It was a hit!
As the dance continued, the students listened to their favorite songs and snacked on treats. The next thing I know, a group of students ask if they can dance the Swing and the Merengue. This was their time to have fun with their friends and they were CHOOSING to do the dances they learned in Dancing Classrooms! At that moment, I knew the program had made an impact in their lives.
While the 5th graders were doing their dances, I watched the 3rd and 4th graders growing curious and getting closer to figure out the steps. It wasn’t long before they were doing the Merengue along with the 5th graders! Now a seed has been planted — a happy memory has been made. The 5th graders set a mature, positive example for the underclassmen and now those underclassmen are excited for their chance to participate in Dancing Classrooms.
Years from now, as the students move on in their schooling, graduate, and go to college, it’s my hope that they look back and smile as they remember what they learned in Dancing Classrooms.
Miss Ashley Douglas
Teaching Artist, Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh