What is Dancing Classrooms?
Dancing Classrooms is not about teaching ballroom dancing. The dance is a tool for getting the children to break down social barriers, learn about honor and respect, treat others carefully, improve self-confidence, communicate and cooperate, and accept others even if they are different.
Dancing Classrooms is a 10 week, 20 session social development program for 5th grade children that utilizes ballroom dancing as a vehicle to change the lives of not only the children who participate in the program but also the lives of the teachers and parents who support these children.
Dancing Classrooms uses a curriculum-based teaching approach to achieve social awareness and build self-esteem. Students are taught the vocabulary of various contemporary and social dances in a classroom setting. Each class in the series introduces new steps, reinforcing what has been previously learned through practice and repetition.
Dancing Classrooms instruction is aligned with the California Department of Education’s benchmarks for Academic Content Standards in dance and is monitored by independent evaluators and educational liaisons. We follow the highest standards of excellence to ensure the best experience for our students. With the alarming rise of obesity and Type-2 diabetes among school age children, Dancing Classrooms also introduces a healthy and wholesome cardiovascular activity with the potential for lifelong enjoyment.
Our teaching philosophy is one of inside out versus outside in. The program is not just about teaching dance, it’s about teaching pride, confidence and respect. We take the dance that is inherent in students’ bodies and help them bring it out, not force it in, enabling students to increase their self-esteem as they learn.
The 5th Grade class performed on Friday, March 9 at for their fellow students and parents. Then six couples went on to compete in the ‘Winter Session Rainbow Match’ against five other elementary schools in the program. Our ‘purple team’ took home gold medals and will now go on to participate in a city-wide team match, the Colors of the Rainbow in June at the Coconut Grove.
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