In 2006, Dancing Classrooms began expanding throughout the US and internationally, bringing our unique approach to dance instruction to arts organizations serving their local communities. To date, the Dancing Classrooms Network has brought the power of social dance to over 700,000 young people world-wide.

Each year teaching artists, classroom teachers, and dance educators across the country are trained through the Dancing Classrooms Institute in how to deliver our powerful social emotional and dance learning. Today, in addition to our work in the NYC metro area, Dancing Classrooms programs are delivered through a National Network of nonprofit organizations and educators, furthering our vision of 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.

Interested in joining the National Network? Contact Us!Next DC Institute Training Dates: 9/9-9/13/24 - Apply Here!

“Dancing Classrooms is so much more than dancing lessons. Students begin the program being unsure of themselves and a bit uncomfortable in their own skin. They transform into a family that supports one another in ways that reach beyond the classroom. To be vulnerable with your classmates while learning something new together leads to confidence in all areas of life. I am grateful for the transformation so many children experience through this program!”

— Desi Gibb, 5th Grade Teacher 

Sunrise Elementary School, Seattle WA

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A National Teacher Certificate Program in Dancing Classrooms’ Pedagogy & Social Dance Curriculum

The Dancing Classrooms Institute is a community and network of practitioners committed to making social dance foundational to every child’s well-being and joy, celebrates the beauty of diversity, and amplifies our shared humanity. The DC Institute begins with LEVEL 1, an intimate cohort model that includes joyful and inclusive in-person and virtual gatherings filled with dance, experiential learning, and community sharing. The DC Institute is open to educators with a love of dance who are actively teaching in a classroom, studio, or after-school setting. LEVEL 1 includes:

Five Days of In-Person Training:

  • An immersive introduction to the DC pedagogy and our 5-Unit Social Dance Curriculum
  • Facilitated by experienced ballroom and social dance instructors and long-time DC teaching artists

Introduction to American Style Ballroom and Social Dances:

  • Learn our accessible, beginner-level choreography for tango, merengue, foxtrot, rumba, salsa, swing, waltz, polka, and line dances
  • Be exposed to a diverse mix of US & global cultures through dance & music

License to the Dancing Classrooms 5-Unit Social Dance Curriculum:

  • Renowned curriculum designed for students ages 9+
  • Meets national dance standards 
  • Aligns with CASEL social-emotional learning framework
  • Supports learning outcomes in academic areas
  • Is well-researched with proven student outcomes

Multi-Tiered Support & Professional Development:

  • Pre- and post-training access to supportive videos
  • Effective lesson plans, curricular materials, student and educator resources
  • Group feedback
  • 1:1 coaching

Applications Open!

Join the 2024 Dancing Classrooms Institute! NYC in-person training dates: September 9 – September 13, 2024.

An Affordable Impact

An investment in educator training can have a transformative impact on hundreds of young people! LEVEL 1 of the DC Institute includes: 2-year curriculum license, training, resources, coaching, and access to the DC National Network. LEVEL 1 cost: $1,500. Discounts and scholarships are available! Register for an info session or email Senior Manager Eva Carrozza ( to find out more!

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Network Partner Organizations

Nonprofit, performing arts, and educational organizations across the globe work hard to deliver the transformative power of social dance through Dancing Classrooms programs. Meet these amazing Network Partners.

Interested in joining the National Network? Contact Us!