Turn Back the Clock Tuesday!

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!

2014-15 SILVER AWARDEES FROM THE FALL COLORS OF THE RAINBOW SEMI-FINALS

 

Our SIlver Awardees from the fall semi-finals of Colors of the Rainbow

PITTSBURGH ROOSEVELT 2014-15 SILVER AWARDEE
PITTSBURGH ROOSEVELT 2014-15 SILVER AWARDEE

 

PITTSBURGH SUNNYSIDE 2014-15 SILVER AWARDEE
PITTSBURGH SUNNYSIDE 2014-15 SILVER AWARDEE

 

PITTSBURGH LANGLEY 2014-15 SILVER AWARDEE
PITTSBURGH LANGLEY 2014-15 SILVER AWARDEE

 

PITTSBURGH WEIL 2014-15 SILVER AWARDEE
PITTSBURGH WEIL 2014-15 SILVER AWARDEE

 

ST. BENEDICT THE MOOR 2014-15 SILVER AWARDEE
ST. BENEDICT THE MOOR
2014-15 SILVER AWARDEE

2014 5th grade Finals video is here

 

Here is the video from the finals…..enjoy

 

FINALS ARE SET FOR SATURDAY MAY 17TH 2014

HERE ARE YOUR TEAMS FOR

THE 2014 COLORS OF THE RAINBOW TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP!!!!!

 

 

PITTSBURGH BROOKLINE
PITTSBURGH CARMALT
PITTSBURGH COLFAX
PITTSBURGH DILWORTH
PITTSBURGH LINDEN
PITTSBURGH MILLER
PITTSBURGH PHILLIPS
PITTSBURGH WEIL
PITTSBURGH WEST LIBERTY
URBAN LEAGUE CHARTER SCHOOL

 

SEE YOU AT TAYLOR ALLDERDICE HIGH SCHOOL

2409 SHADY AVENUE

PITTSBURGH, PA  15217

10AM-12PM

 

PITTSBURGH MILLER

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!

100th Post! The 8th Annual Pittsburgh Conference on Child Maltreatment

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…

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Our 5th graders warming up
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5th graders from Pittsburgh Concord doing the foxtrot.
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Here comes the Scorpion in the Tango!
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8th graders from Pittsburgh Langley performing the foxtrot under the watchful eyes of Miss Ashley Douglas
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Pittsburgh Langley 8th graders performing the foxtrot.
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The fifth graders getting their scorpion on the move!
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Our 5th graders checking out the 8th graders moves

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….

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“May I have this dance please?”
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and she responded “Yes, with pleasure” and some burnt pancakes thank you very much!
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Looks like they are going from burnt pancakes and starting to get those crispy chicken wings….
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Everyone had a good time.

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!

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.

A Note from Miss Ashley

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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!

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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.

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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