How is Dancing Classrooms in North Carolina funded? Dancing Classrooms is offered by Take the Lead North Carolina (TLnC), a non-profit organization. Through grants, donations and partnerships, TLnC raises funds to offer the program and each school we work with is a funding partner.  Generally, each school pays 50% of the program fees, and TLnC provides 50% through fundraising. Dancing Classrooms is a community effort and requires a “partnership” between you and our non-profit, 501 (c)(3) organization. We are creative in funding solutions and urge you to contact us even if you do not have the funds to pay 50% of the costs of the program.   Why should I support a dance program? Actually Dancing Classrooms isn’t a dancing program; Dancing Classrooms is a character education, social development, arts in education program that utilizes ballroom dancing as the tool to generate social change in the participants and overall school culture.   How can I support Dancing Classrooms in North Carolina? There are many ways you can support.  View the many projects you can Get Involved with or click the DONATE TODAY button above to make a tax-deductible donation.   Does Dancing Classrooms make a difference? Absolutely!  The data from multiple research projects supports and underscores the difference Dancing Classrooms can make in academic and social engagement and success. Ask us for the full reports.   What can I expect to gain from a Dancing Classrooms residency? Anecdotal feedback suggests the implementation of the Dancing Classrooms program improves:
  • Self Confidence
  • School attendance rates
  • Student behavior
  • Overall school culture
  • Respect for self and others
  • Student focus and engagement
  • Classroom productivity
  • Academic scores
  • Family involvement
  • Variables leading to childhood obesity and diabetes
  • Alternatives to violence and criminal activity
  What will my donation do for the children of our area? Your donation will give 5th and 8th grade children the opportunity to receive our program at no cost and provide the children, their schools, and our communities with the many benefits listed above.   How are students selected to participate? The class is not an “elective” or after-school class – all students within the grade (5th or 8th) participate in the program, along with the classroom teacher, ensuring maximum impact from the program for all students.
Dance is a means of breaking down barriers, learning about honor and civility, treating others respectfully, building confidence and self-esteem, collaborating and working as a team, and accepting and appreciating differences.