ABOUT US

A compassionate and gifted teaching artist joins your classroom twice a week. She – or he – believes in you and who you can be, sets high expectations and then lifts you to a secure and joyful place you may have never known. From the very first lesson, you and your classmates are treated respectfully as “ladies” and “gentlemen,” and quickly, you’ll feel that you are. Thanks to the engaging approach of your teaching artist who encourages you with humor, empathy and imaginative storytelling, you and your classmates will soon be mastering several dances, step by step…and loving it! And when you are asked, “May I have this dance, please?,” your confident answer will be, “Yes…with pleasure!”

OUR MISSIONAND VISION

Our mission is to cultivate essential life stills in children through the joyful art and practice of social dance. Our vision is schools and communities where every child is connected, respected and given an environment in which to thrive.

OUR RESULTS

Dancing Classrooms works. Research proves it. Our proprietary program develops the best of what academics call Social Emotional Learning or SEL, life skills like motivation, grit, connection and listening that help us relate, interact and advance as respectful, empathetic human beings in a coarsening world. Good news for educators: two forty-five-minute sessions a week in a school’s gym or auditorium result in better student performance in the classroom and beyond. Year after year, school principals and teachers witness the elevated self-esteem, shared experience and engagement of each Dancing Classrooms cohort that propels enhanced performance in the semesters that follow. That’s why so many schools sign up year after year to become our best advocates as we expand the program to more communities.

QUICK FACTS

Who first unlocked the surprising but brilliant insight that ballroom dance could affect children’s potential and outcomes? That visionary was our founder, Pierre Dulaine, who knew what it meant to be an awkward, lonely young man. The emotional and physical discipline of dance reshaped his life and catapulted him to the galaxy of the international dance world. Pierre never forgot where he came from and in 1994, he constructed the brilliant, multi-dimensional curriculum that has fueled 25 years of Dancing Classrooms’ success. His vision has been enlarged though the daily work of the teaching artists who are trained in the Dulaine Method and who use his beautifully scaffolded curriculum to continue to change young lives, alongside school teachers and staff.

Through the joyful art and practice of social dance, Dancing Classrooms build the foundation for successful lives of character and leadership.
Through standards-based, in-school residencies, we use the vocabulary of ballroom dance to cultivate the positive feelings that are inherent in every child. The maturity necessary to dance together foster respect, teamwork, confidence and a sense of joy and accomplishment, which we hope to bring to every child. Ballroom dance is the medium we use to nurture these qualities.

In fiscal year 2015 we dedicated 84% of our total expenditures to program services.

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