Downtown Magazine NYC: Mad Hot Ballroom at the World Financial Center

Fans of the popular 2005 Documentary Mad Hot Ballroom can get of glimpse of the action right in Downtown Manhattan this weekend. On Saturday June 25, Dancing Classrooms NYC (the organization featured in the film) will host their Rainbow Team Match Grand Finals at the World Financial Center- Winter Garden.

Eighth graders from IS 292K, Lady of Lourdes, Mt. Carmel, MS 349M, PS 95X and PS 270Q will be competing for the 6′ tall Challenge Trophy while fourth and fifth graders from PS 144Q, PS 123K, PS 152Q, PS 31Q, PS 69SI, and the Hutchinson school from Westchester will be competing for their own Challenge Trophy.

“We are so very excited for our 15th annual competition at the World Financial Center – what a breathtaking space,” says founder of Dancing Classrooms Pierre Dulaine in a press release.  “Even though it is the same competition we put on every year, it manages to be just as exciting, touching and completely inspiring to watch, as if it were our very first competition.  I certainly feel that way and I know our schools do as well.

Come out to see these talented youngsters strut their stuff in the styles of Merengue, Foxtrot, Rumba or Salsa, Tango and Swing. The event is from 1pm-5:30pm and is free and open to the public.

-Lisa DiCarlucci, Archived Article

Dancing Classrooms NYC on Cablevision

Dancing Classrooms NYC on Cablevision

Dancing Classrooms on FOX 5 News

NYC's best young Ballroom Dancers from Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, The Bronx and Staten Island at The American Ballroom Theater's Colors of the Rainbow Team Match at the Riverside Church in Harlem (Morningside Heights area) on Tuesday, April 7, 2009. These students were competing to see who is the best borough here in New York--when it comes to Ballroom Dancing.

Cornell Obesity Research

Physical Activity Levels of SchoolAged Children in a Ballroom Dance Classroom Program

Written By: Shirley Y Huang, MD; Jeannette Hogg, MA, RD; Stephanie Zandieh, MD; Susan Bostwick, MD

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Fort Worth Evaluation

An Evaluation of Dancing Classrooms North Texas Expansion Pilot Program

Larry P. Nelson and Wendy Guess University of Texas at Arlington
Judy Ramos Hurst, Euless, Bedford Independent School District

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Philliber Social Development Research


Dancing Classrooms, a project of the American Ballroom Theater, was launched in 1994 as a not-for-profit organization, teaching ballroom dance to fourth and fifth grade students in the New York City Public Schools. The mission of this arts-in-education program is to build social awareness, confidence and self-esteem in children through the practice of social dance. Through standards-based, in-school residences, the vocabulary and techniques of ballroom dance are used to foster respect, teamwork, confidence and a sense of accomplishment. Currently, Dancing Classrooms serves 19,000 students in 195 schools.

In 2005, American Ballroom Theater engaged Philliber Research Associates to conduct a oneyear evaluation of the Dancing Classrooms program. The purpose of this evaluation was to document changes in student skills, attitudes, and behavior as reported by classroom teachers, parents, Teaching Artists, and the students themselves. Student pre/post questionnaires, teacher questionnaires, parent questionnaires and Teaching Artist questionnaires were used to measure program objectives in the areas of improved social skills, improved self confidence, increased awareness of student cultural heritage, increased levels of physical activity and exercise, and increased skills in dance and coordination. Research was conducted by Philliber Research Associates in close collaboration with American Ballroom Theater staff.

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