Lincoln Center's Midsummer Night Swing 2015 
Saturday, July 11 at 2:30 – 4:00 PM 

You can learn a lot on the dance floor—how to move, how to boost confidence, and other skills with serious legs outside the ballroom. Dancing Classrooms, the social and emotional learning program that teaches these essential life skills to public school children through social dance, brings its magic to Lincoln Center.

Dancers young and old will learn a few steps to the Merengue, Tango, Salsa, and Swing in a fun and family- friendly atmosphere and enjoy a wonderful performance by the Dancing Classrooms Youth Dance Company!

Rodney Lopez of Dancing Classrooms New York City is teaching Ballroom! Recommended for ages 6–10.


10th Anniversary of "Mad Hot Ballroom"

Sunday, June 28
4pm doors; 5pm pre-show dancing demonstrations;
5:30pm movie; 8:15 Q&A with stars and filmmakers

UPCA presents the 10-year anniversary of the hit documentary about Dancing Classrooms New York City "Mad Hot Ballroom" about NYC kids in a dance competition starring children from Washington Heights. The screening will include a reunion of the movie's students, instructors, and filmmakers as well as dance instruction and demonstrations by current kids in the Dancing Classrooms program. The event is FREE and part of UPCA's ongoing "Classic NYC Movies at the Palace" series.
Starring Rodney Lopez, Yomaira Reynoso, and the inspiring kids from P.S. 115. Directed by Marilyn Agrelo . 2005. 105 minutes. On BluRay in English with Spanish subtitles.
IMdb synopsis: Eleven-year-old New York City public school kids journey into the world of ballroom dancing and reveal pieces of themselves and their world along the way. Told from their candid, sometimes hilarious perspectives, these kids are transformed, from reluctant participants to determined competitors, from typical urban kids to "ladies and gentlemen," on their way to competing in the final citywide competition. Providing unique insight into the incredible cultural diversity that is New York City, this film profiles several kids from three schools (out of 60) at this dynamic age, when becoming that "cool" teenager vies for position with familiar innocence, while they learn the merengue, rumba, tango, the foxtrot and swing.


Mad Hot Ballroom Trailer