Our mission is to cultivate essential life skills in children through the practice of social dance. Our vision is to meaningfully participate in the development of schools and communities where every child is connected, respected, and provided a safe environment in which to thrive.
Through standards-based, in-school residencies, we use the vocabulary of ballroom dance to cultivate the positive feelings that are inherent in every child. The maturity necessary to dance together fosters respect, teamwork, confidence and a sense of joy and accomplishment, which we hope to bring to every child. Ballroom dance is the medium we use to nurture these qualities.
Toni Walker passionately talks about the impact Dancing Classrooms had on her fifth grade students and challenges her fellow principals to give the program a try. Watch: Dancing Principals Special Edition - Toni Walker, Lehigh Elementary, Lee County, FL
Dr. Lois Habtes relates the effect Dancing Classrooms had on her fifth graders’ test scores and academic performance and provides some of the data to support that claim. Watch: Dancing Principals Special Edition - Dr. Lois Habtes, E. Benjamin Oliver School, St. Thomas, VI
JOHN WILSON UNLEASHED...on DANCING CLASSROOMS
John Wilson, Head of the National Education Association and senior fellow at the Pearson Foundation, highlighted the impact and value of Dancing Classrooms in his February 2013 Edweek blog entry.
We all hear about great educational programs in a few school districts, and we wish that these were available to all students in every district. When you see the faces of students who are participating in excellent programs and you grasp the impact that these programs have, you just want to shout from the rooftop, "Do whatever it takes to give every student this gift of educational excellence!" That is the way I felt last week when I attended a benefit for Dancing Classrooms in New York City.
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