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!

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!

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.

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]