Colors of the Rainbow 2019 Grand Final – June 22

The Dancing Classrooms program currently delivers our in-school residency program in approximately 200 schools in all 5 boroughs of NYC. The Colors of the Rainbow Team Match is an optional, extended journey beyond the residency for schools that want to give twelve of their students a special experience and offer their student body an additional opportunity to foster school spirit.

The team match was originally designed to bring children from around the city together. It shows them that they are part of a larger dancing family, and unites the vast diversity of cultures and ethnicities of NYC. All team matches confirm the core values of the Dancing Classrooms program: mutual respect, tolerance, teamwork, sportsmanship and elegance amongst children.

The Colors of the Rainbow Team Match is also a wonderful community builder as we bring together students, schools and parent communities that otherwise may not interact. They work together as a larger group to create and share a new “safe space”.

Students move through the Team Match cycle as follows:  In the Fall, Winter and Spring Terms we host borough quarter finals whose winners move on to the borough semi-finals, whose winners move on to the city-wide semester final.

The winners from each semester final will be all meet at the city-wide Colors of the Rainbow Grand Final on June 22. The Grand Final is free and open to the public. We hope to see you there!

Middle School Final starts at 1:00pm.
Elementary School Final starts at 4:00pm.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

The Riverside Church
490 Riverside Drive
New York, NY 10027

Middle School Final starts at 1:00pm.
Elementary School Final starts at 4:00pm.

The Colors of the Rainbow Grand Final is free and open to the public.

Spring Luncheon & Panel Discussion – June 12th

Join us for a spring luncheon and panel discussion moderated by Karen Akers on Wednesday, June 12th at the Astor House, a beautiful townhouse on the upper east side.

Karen Akers, one of the most illustrious concert and cabaret entertainers working today, has performed throughout the United States (including three White House performances), Europe and the former Soviet Union. In addition to television and film performances, Karen appeared on Broadway as one of the original stars of the Tony Award-winning musical “GRAND HOTEL,” directed by Tommy Tune. She made her debut on the Great White Way in 1982 in “NINE,” for which she won a Theatre World Award as well as receiving a Tony Award nomination. Karen is a long-time friend and supporter of Dancing Classrooms.

Karen Akers will lead the panelists comprised of alumni, a Teaching Artist, a parent ambassador, and a school representative to provide friendly insight on the impact of the Dancing Classrooms program.

This is a fundraiser to benefit Dancing Classrooms, Creating Connections, Inspiring Confidence One Step at a Time.

It is encouraged to register early due to limited seating.

Early ticket pricing of $200 will end on May 22nd. Tickets will increase to $250 on May 23rd. Click here to purchase your ticket online.

If you wish to pay by check, send to Dancing Classrooms, 1350 Avenue of the Americas, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10019.

We would like to thank the hostesses: Jeannie Egas-Trouveroy, Chair, Mary Latimer-Chung, Sheila Hoerle, Patricia Koyce, Yvonne Marceau, Sari Roboff, Carrie Steinmetz and Patrice Tanaka for their unwavering support of Dancing Classrooms.

Wednesday, June 12 2019
11:30am – 2:30pm

The Astor House
130 East 80th Street,
New York, NY 10075

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SoulCycle Charity Ride with Stacey Griffith! – June 2nd

Join us for a SoulCycle Charity Ride on Sunday, June 2nd as we ride with Founding Senior Master Instructor and Author of Two Turns from Zero, Stacey Griffith! All of the proceeds from this event will benefit Dancing Classrooms!

Date: Sunday, June 2nd at 3:00pm

SoulCycle – East 83rd Street
1470 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10028

Purchase Tickets: Facebook or Eventbrite

You will be assigned the best available bike for your ticket purchase.

If you are new to SoulCycle and have never taken a class before, you will need to fill out a “Corporate New Rider Information and Waiver Form” and bring it with you to the studio on the date of the event. This is a standard safety measure for all newbies. Existing riders do not need to create an account or fill out a form.

If you would like to sponsor someone for the ride, please e-mail Stephanie Carvajal at

Shoes and water will be provided to all riders.

Please arrive twenty minutes before the class begins so we can check you in and assist you with setting up your bike.

Purchase Tickets and share the event: Facebook | Eventbrite

Ovations from a Champion

A salute from Mayo Alanen, one of the most awarded ballroom dancers in the US today and the recipient of the 2018 Gala Humanitarian Award.

Meet Pierre Dulaine: Taking the Lead with Generations of Children

Pierre Dulaine grew up as a poor, shy boy in London kid, trying to fit in and survive a bullied youth. He first saw ballroom dancing as a 14 year old. Scraping together his earnings for lessons, he practiced his newfound passion and shifted from awkward teen to winning every major ballroom award with superstar Yvonne  Marceau, his partner since 1976. Together they won numerous awards including the 1977, ’78, ’79 and ‘82 British Exhibition Championships, the Fred Astaire Award for Best Dance on Broadway, Dance Magazine’s award for excellence, the National Dance Council of America award, the Dance Educators of America award, and the Americans for the Arts “Arts in Education” 2005 award.
In 1984, together with Otto Cappel, they founded American Ballroom Theater Company which eventually became the birthplace of Dancing Classrooms. Pierre created a unique and proprietary teaching methodology that coupled the joy and practice of ballroom dance with the development of essential life skills of respect, collaboration and partnership for children.

The Weekend Academy Has A New Location!

Beginning February 2, 2019 Academy classes will now be held at:
Pearl Studios
500 8th Avenue
Manhattan / between 35th and 36th Streets
Classes will take place at their regularly scheduled time.
Student and families should show IDs when they arrive at the building.

DancesportLife: 2019 Dancing Classrooms “Mad Hot Ball” Gala – Celebrating 25 Years of Making the World a Better Place

Bianca Tohăneanu of wrote a shares a great writeup about the history of our Mad Hot Ball Gala and what to expect this year

The “Mad Hot Ball” Gala 2019 will be a special year. It’s the 25th Anniversary and will be held at The Pierre Hotel in New York City on April 10th…another unforgettable heart-warming event.

Rodney Lopez, the executive director of Dancing Classrooms, told us that, unlike other similar events, they try to keep speeches to a minimum so they can leave as much time as possible for socializing and dancing. Besides this, the guests get to enjoy the performances of the current year’s class of fifth-graders and the amazing Youth Dance Company.

Fundraising being one of the key moments, you get to participate in a Live Auction and Paddle Raise where you can bid for some interesting prizes and contribute to their program. There is also a portion of the ticket and table sales that go directly to Dancing Classrooms.


The 2019 Mad Hot Ball Gala will take place on April 10, 2019 at the historical Pierre Hotel in Manhattan.

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Karla Cariño, a Dancing Classrooms Academy student, was featured on the hit Univision TV Show Mira Quien Baila.

Dance Teacher Magazine: A New Ballroom Documentary About NYC Teens Builds a Bridge to Israel

Ballroom dance could be the best form of diplomacy, according to New York City teenagers starring in a new documentary, Taking New Steps—The Dancing Classrooms Youth Dance Company Goes to Israel.

Saturday, members of the Youth Dance Company and their loved ones watched the private screening with family and friends at the Film Society of Lincoln Center in Manhattan. Produced by SingularDTV, the 18-minute documentary captured individual interviews and sweeping drone shots during the company's 2017 trip to Israel for the Karmiel Dance Festival. Dancers in the audience, now a year older, cheered as they viewed younger versions of themselves on the movie screen.

Assisted by four chaperones and artistic director Alee Reed, they had adult supervision. For many of the kids, this was their first time away from home, not to mention their first time out of the country. They were nervous. One YDC member admitted in the film, "I kind of rely on my parents for everything."

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