The Dancing Classrooms Board of Directors cordially invites you to MAD HOT BALL 2024. 

When: September 20th, 2024, 6:30 pm – 11:30 PM

Where: The Bohemian National Hall
321 E. 73rd Street, New York, NY (73rd between 1st and 2nd Avenue)

Attire: Cocktail or Business

6:30 pm VIP Cocktail Hour 

7:30 pm Doors Open for General Admission Ticket Purchasers

7:45 pm Honoree Presentations

Performance by the Dancing Classrooms All-Stars

Platters and Passed Bites by Shay Gourmet

9:30 pm Social dancing and live music

About Dancing Classrooms 

Through the joyful art and practice of social dances, Dancing Classrooms (DC) cultivates engaged learners, collaborative leaders, and inclusive spaces. DC envisions a world that values social dance as foundational to every child’s well-being and joy, celebrates the beauty of diversity, and amplifies our shared humanity. We are proud to be the first organization to offer the powerful benefits of partner dance to public school students and the largest provider of dance education to the NYC Department of Education. 

The core values of Connection, Inclusion, and Joy are the throughline in all aspects of our work. By partnering with schools and community organizations across New York City, we reach over 13,000 K-12 students in NYC and thousands more through our national network annually to inspire the next generation of compassionate, global citizens. Since the program’s founding in 1994, DC has reached over 700,000 young people globally. 

About the Gala 

The Mad Hot Ball 30th Anniversary Gala returns at a new time of the year. Enjoy an open bar, hearty hors d’oeuvres and sweet bites. To commemorate our 30th anniversary, a company of  student dancers from across the city will perform. There will be table seating and plenty of delicious offerings when you are not dancing the night away or taking a spin around the floor with a ballroom pro. It’s a night not to be missed! 

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Please use the hashtag #MadHotBall2024

Humanitarian Award

Yang Chen

Dancing Classrooms Champion Award

Carrie Steinmetz

Social Dance Innovator Award 

Maria Torres

Alumni Achievement Award

Alejandro Mejia


Gala Chair

Patrice Tanaka

2024 Board of Directors

Dr. Jephtha Tausig, Board Chair

Patrice Tanaka, Vice Chair

Biana Arbit, Secretary

Harry Chung, Treasurer

Ron Aizen

Emma Goodman

Yash Gupta

Regina Hardatt 

Carla Matero

Vrinda Mishra

Adam Plotkin

Jeff Poulin

Mary Shelton

Dancing Classrooms

Nancy Kleaver, Executive Director

Kindly RSVP by September 9, 2024 to guarantee your ticket

We hope you will join us to make Dancing Classrooms programs available to thousands more children in the year to come!  For more information about the 30th Anniversary Gala and to purchase tickets, please visit or contact Development Director Ellen Claycomb at 212-244-9442 ext. 101 or