Colors of the Rainbow Results-May 6, 2017

Congratulations to all of the teams!  They looked great!  They danced great!  Everyone was a winner!!!

BRONZE MEDALISTS

Bronze-Faison
PITTSBURGH FAISON
Bronze-Montessori
PITTSBURGH MONTESSORI
Bronze-Roosevelt
PITTSBURGH ROOSEVELT
Bronze-St Benedict
ST. BENEDICT THE MOOR
Bronze-Sunnyside
PITTSBURGH SUNNYSIDE

OUR SILVER MEDALISTS

Silver-Thea Bowman
SISTER THEA BOWMAN ACADEMY
Silver-Brookline
PITTSBURGH BROOKLINE
Silver-Banksville
PITTSBURGH BANKSVILLE

2017 GRAND CHAMPION

GOLD MEDALIST

PITTSBURGH WESTWOOD GOLD
PITTSBURGH WESTWOOD

 

2013-2014 Colors of the Rainbow Fall Semi-Final set for December 14!

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Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh’s 2013-2014 Colors of the Rainbow Fall Semi-Final is set for December 14, 2013. This event is free and open to the public.  The event will take place at Allderdice High School, 2409 Shady Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA  15217.  The time is from 2:00PM until 4:00PM.

Students from Pittsburgh Montessori, Sister Thea Bowman Academy, St Benedict the Moor, Pittsburgh Langley, Pittsburgh Lincoln, Pittsburgh Carmalt, Pittsburgh Miller, Urban League Charter School, Pittsburgh West Liberty, and Pittsburgh Dilworth will be vying for four (4) spots in the Colors of the Rainbow Finals to be held in May 2014.

Come on out and watch the kids merengue, fox trot, rumba, tango and swing!  You won’t be sorry!!!!

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!!!!!

St. Benedict the Moor’s 5th and 8th graders strut their stuff for their schoolmates and families

It was an exciting day in the Hill District    Today was the culminating event for St. Benedict the Moor’s 5th and 8th grade Dancing Classrooms participants.  St. Benedict began Dancing Classrooms in the winter of 2010.  They along with three other schools that were part of the Extra Mile Foundation-St. Agnes, who merged with St  Benedict for the start of the 2011-2012 school year; Holy Rosary School in Homewood and St. James School in Wilkinsburg-the latter two merged to become Sister Thea Bowman Academy in the fall of 2011-12, as well.

This year was also special because the 8th graders had had the program in the 5th grade. When teaching artist, Ms. Rozana Sweeney asked the audience, “How many of you have had Dancing Classrooms wither this year or previously,” almost half of the students in the auditorium raised their hands!  For us at Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh, it was an exciting moment.  Almost as exciting as watching the students themselves!  Speaking of which, lets take a look at some pictures of the three classrooms in action!

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8th graders showing their best corte!
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8th graders showing the swing!
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Everybody dance!!!!!!!
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8th graders showing their best Merengue!
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now 5th graders show the Merengue!
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5th grade foxtrot.
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You know it’s the rumba (can you hear me rolling my “r” when I say that??) when the ladies are showing their bling!

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.

Poll: What’s your favorite dance?

We always ask our young ladies and gentlemen in Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh, “What is your favorite dance?” Now we’d like hear from our readers. What’s your favorite dance? Vote below:

It’s me, you and the dance floor: Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh semi-finals [video]

Four elementary schools take top honors in Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh Colors of the Rainbow, advance to finals

A jubilant "red team," Pittsburgh Dilworth, celebrates advancing to the finals of Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh ballroom competition (©2011 Archie Carpenter)

Today, teams of fifth graders from four Pittsburgh Public Schools — Pittsburgh Carmalt PreK-8, Pittsburgh Dilworth PreK-5, Pittsburgh Linden K-5 and Pittsburgh Whittier K-5 — took top honors in the Colors of the Rainbow semi-finals for the winter/spring 2011 semester of Mercy Behavioral Health’s Dancing Classrooms Pittsburgh.

For their stellar performances, those four teams earned gold medals — and more importantly — guaranteed  spots for their respective schools in 2010-2011 finals on May 21, 2011. Continue reading