For Almost 30 Years

Dancing Classrooms has partnered with schools and communities to bring the joy of social dances to young people.

Our culturally responsive programs develop Social Emotional Learning (SEL) skills like motivation, perseverance, connection and listening to develop engaged learners and collaborative leaders. School principals, teachers and families have witnessed the elevated self-esteem, shared experience and engagement of each Dancing Classrooms student that propels enhanced performance in- and out-of-school in the following semesters. Right now, students are facing many obstacles, and school leaders need creative solutions that support their students’ well-being so they’re ready to learn, grow, and thrive. Third party research has shown time and again that our programs result in better student performance and engagement in the classroom and beyond.

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Residencies

Offered In- and Out-of-School, centered in our core values of connection, inclusion and joy. 

During a Dancing Classrooms residency our Teaching Artists celebrate the diversity of dance and create inclusive spaces for students of all backgrounds, abilities, and gender identities. They model behaviors that offer young people a place to thrive and engage in the joy, discipline and teamwork of social dance.

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Lower Elementary (K-3)

Dancing with Rhythms & Stories

This in-school residency program explores rhythms from social and folk dances allowing students to learn about other cultures and celebrate their own creativity through teamwork and dance-making.

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Upper Elementary & Middle (4-8)

Social Ballroom

Our tried-and-true intro-to-ballroom program made famous in “Mad Hot Ballroom”, where students build confidence, self-awareness, and collaboration skills through learning merengue, foxtrot, swing, salsa, waltz, tango, and so much more!

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ELEMENTARY (K-5)

Sensory Steps

This program for students with
Autism Spectrum Disorder blends dance therapy with social dance and cultural learning. Led by two teaching artists, each residency focuses on one social dance (merengue, rumba, or tango).

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K - 12

Social Dance Clubs

Offered in partnership with schools and community based organizations, Social Dance Clubs bring the joy of Dancing Classrooms to after school and summer settings. Using games and our unique approach to teaching dance, students explore social dance styles such as salsa, bachata, hip hop, Lindy Hop, and more! Social Dance Clubs can be offered at an introductory level, or built over semesters to enhance students’ dance, social and leadership skills.

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All Ages

Professional Development

Give your hard-working teachers a fun and meaningful professional development experience! Participants will learn 2-3 dances while experiencing the transformative feelings of collaboration, teamwork, reflection and applicable classroom strategies. Can also be offered as a series!

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All Ages

Family Workshops

Bring your community together with our engaging Family Workshops, which can be customized for multiple-generations or specific caregiver groups. Participants will learn 2-3 dances from one of our talented teaching artists and engage in dancing together to foster stronger relationships based on fun, teamwork, laughter and respect. Can also be offered as a series!

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“I’m really happy and proud of myself. I also think that it was good that we learned different dances from different cultures, that way we can celebrate each other and get to know each other better. I might even learn some dances of my own culture!”

Zoey, 4th grade Student at PS 52R

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