World renowned ballroom dancer Pierre Dulaine has been working with 5th grade students over the course of the past 10 weeks helping students establish, as he says, "confidence to take the lead in their lives." December 8th proved to be a musical morning, with our fifth graders performing for their families and showing off weeks of training and passion. From rumba to tango, they proved they seriously got talent!
Dancing Classrooms is a 10-week social development program for 5th graders and is now a proven vehicle which changes the lives of not only the children who participate in the program, but also the lives of the teachers and parents who support them. The program is designed to cultivate essential life skills such as good manners, tolerance, self-respect, discipline, teamwork, confidence and self-esteem. For over 20 years, Dancing Classrooms has provided in-school dance education residencies to schools across the US and in the Middle East. In addition to offering a high-quality arts education experience, the mission is to cultivate essential life skills in children while learning the art of social dance. Children develop important social and emotional learning skills as they participate in a ten-week ballroom dance journey.
More about Pierre: Mr. Dulaine was born in Jaffa, Palestine and then in 1948, moved to Amman, Jordan. As a teenager, Mr. Dulaine moved to the United Kingdom and began to dance. He then moved to New York and began his famed dance partnership with Ms. Yvonne Marceau. The two won four World Dance Championship titles together and went on to performed on Broadway as well as in London’s West End. After much personal dancing success, Mr. Dulaine and Ms. Marceau launched Dancing Classrooms as the educational arm of the American Ballroom Theatre.
To view more photos from the event, click on the following gallery: Grade 5 Ballroom Dancing.