DANCING CLASSROOMS PROGRAM OVERVIEW
Dancing Classrooms is an in-school social and emotional learning program
that cultivates essential life skills in fifth and eighth grade children though
the practice of ballroom dance. The Dancing Classrooms program transforms girls
and boys into mature, self-reliant, and elegant young ladies and gentlemen
during its 10-week residencies. With core values of respect, compassion and
creating a safe space, Dancing Classrooms Teaching Artists create environments
and model behaviors that offer children a place to thrive during their school
day. Principals, teachers and parents have praised our program for developing
important skills and behaviors in their students, including civility, respect,
teamwork and self-discipline.
Carefully and systematically selected and trained in the Dulaine Method and
the Dancing Classroom Curriculum, our Teaching Artists work very closely with
classroom teachers in creating curriculum connection assignments to support
their academic goals. In addition to work that supports academic content areas,
students write reflections that give the children a voice about how they feel
about learning to dance, working with their classmates, and other SEL-based
DANCING CLASSROOMS RESIDENCY
The core Dancing Classrooms program is a 10-week, in-school residency for 5th
and 8th graders, and some spring semester 4th
graders. (A 7th grade program
is in pilot). With two sessions every
week, each residency includes a video lesson and a guest artist visit, and
culminates in a showcase for all participating classes, where every child
These culminating events are the highlight of
our residencies. The school community and parents get to celebrate the social
development of their students and enjoy an elegant dance performance as well! Time and again, parents are amazed and touched
by the changes they see in their children because of Dancing Classrooms.
CONTINUING WITH DANCING CLASSROOMS
After they finish their residency, all students are invited to continue
their dance education at our Dancing Classrooms
Academy. The Academy is held
weekends throughout the school year at our home studio in Herald Square. The
cost to attend is minimal.
DANCING CLASSROOMS WORKSHOPS 2010 - 2011
For a full description of our Professional Development and Parent Engagement Workshops, please click here.
To bring Dancing Classrooms to your school, please contact us via phone, email or click here to fill out our online form.