Based in New York City, Dancing Classrooms is a very special, innovative and distinctively effective "social and emotional learning" (SEL) non-profit that achieves in 10 weeks (20 sessions) through a proprietary ballroom dance curriculum what most SEL programs take a few years to accomplish. Working with upper elementary and middle school students in the US and internationally, Dancing Classrooms transforms previously disaffected girls and boys into mature, self-reliant, highly motivated, elegant young ladies and gentlemen who are successful team players. Where school leadership adopts the Dancing Classrooms philosophy and methodology, entire school cultures are often remade, again in a surprisingly short period of time, into supportive, learning-enhancing environments based on mutual respect, courtesy, and cross-cultural understanding. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Dancing Classrooms currently serves more than 42,000 students each year in over 30 cities or regions.
“Dancing is about connections–to our friends, to our families, to our neighbors. It is one of the most expressive ways we celebrate and communicate our cultures and communities. With Dancing Classrooms, we are able to reach children in existing classroom settings and address fundamental issues of mutual respect and self-esteem – issues that social dance puts into practice. We hope to inspire children through dance to do well, to respect one another, to be proud. This program is about more than dance, it is about teaching children to take a bow.”