Dancing Classrooms is not just about dancing. Ballroom dancing is a means of breaking down social barriers, learning about honor and civility, treating others respectfully, improving self-confidence, communicating and working as a team, and accepting others whatever their differences may be. Dancing Classrooms is life lessons wrapped around social dancing.
Dancing Classrooms is a 10-week – 20 session character education, social/emotional learning, arts in education program for 5th and 8th grade students. Dancing Classrooms uses a curriculum-based teaching approach and ballroom dancing to build self-esteem and help students achieve social awareness. The program changes not only the lives of the children who participate in the program, but also the lives of the teachers, parents and families who support these children.
What can I expect to gain from a Dancing Classrooms residency?
Anecdotal feedback suggests the implementation of the Dancing Classrooms program improves:
School attendance rates
Overall school culture
Respect for self and others
Student focus and engagement
Variables leading to childhood obesity and diabetes
Alternatives to violence and criminal activity
Dancing Classrooms students are taught the colorful vocabulary of various social dances in a classroom setting. The classes reinforce elements of the academic curriculum including geography, math, science, social studies, writing, art and physical education. Against the alarming rise of gang activity, absenteeism, obesity and Type 2 diabetes among school age children, Dancing Classrooms introduces a healthy, wholesome and engaging cardiovascular activity for both genders, with the potential for lifelong enjoyment.
Dancing Classrooms culminates in a “Colors of the Rainbow” gathering geared toward families and friends, which may be an evening dance for students with their parents, an assembly presentation of dances by students which includes their writings and artwork, or a Ballroom Breakfast with parents, teachers and friends.
Our classes serve a diverse population of children and cultural backgrounds. There are no pre-requisites and experience is never required. In Dancing Classrooms, we follow the highest standards of excellence to ensure a successful and meaningful experience for each student.
For more information, click on the BRING DANCING CLASSROOMS TO YOUR SCHOOL under GET INVOLVED or call Ann Guill, 336-409-0672.