Dancing Classrooms Phoenix Transforms the Lives of 5th Graders at St. Louis the King School
Phoenix, Arizona— The children of St. Louis the King in Glendale, Arizona, are stepping out and showing off their moves by celebrating their second season with local 501c3 non-profit, Dancing Classrooms Phoenix. Established in 2011, Dancing Classrooms Phoenix is part of Dancing Classrooms, an organization that started in New York City in 1994 teaching the children of the New York Public Schools the benefits of ballroom dance.
Dancing Classrooms Phoenix believes it’s more than dance; it is about transforming lives one step at a time. And they are making a difference in several schools throughout the Phoenix area.
“Throughout the 10-week program, these fifth graders learn life skills they will use for the rest of their lives. We believe that dance is the vehicle they use to achieve that,” states Tebble Dickerson, Site Director. Dancing Classrooms vision is to help create schools and communities where every child is connected, respected, and provided a safe environment in which to thrive. Dancing Classrooms currently serves more than 45,000 students each year in over 30 cities or regions.
“These children join together twice a week during the school day to learn not only to become great dancers, but even better ladies and gentlemen,” said Theresa Molina Slaiman, Dancing Classrooms Phoenix Teaching Artist. “They learn to respect each other, manners, and most importantly to treat everyone the same no matter their differences.”
St. Louis the King School’s culminating event is scheduled on Tuesday, November 22 at 6:30 pm at 4331 W. Maryland Avenue, Glendale, Arizona 85301. The children will perform live to showcase to the rest of the school (teachers and students) as well as their parents what they have learned.
Launched in 1994 as a not-for-profit project of the American Ballroom Theater Company, Dancing Classrooms has been hailed as an effective program for teaching social dance but with many other benefits. The program creates an atmosphere that allows students who are typically introverted and reserved to step out and shine. It builds self-esteem and interactive social skills as it improves children’s confidence and ability to relate to others. Dancing Classrooms was featured in the 2005 award-winning documentary Mad Hot Ballroom and the 2006 Motion Picture, Take the Lead, with Antonio Banderas.
About Dancing Classrooms Phoenix: Dancing Classrooms is a social development program for 5th grade children that utilize ballroom dancing as a vehicle to change the lives of not only the children who participate in the program but also the lives of the teachers and parents who support them. Dancing Classrooms was developed by Pierre Dulaine, Director of Dancing Classrooms (a project of the American Ballroom Theater or ABrT) in New York City in 1994. Based on a holistic approach to build confidence and team work, stretch creative skills and support academic excellence, Dancing Classrooms uses the rich and varied vocabularies of social dance to increase cooperation, to improve concentration, and to explore areas of commonality, understanding and cultural awareness. DC Phoenix is part of a worldwide program serving 45,700 kids. Dancing Classrooms Phoenix is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit Arizona corporation – EIN 273351578. Your donation may be tax deductible, Please consult your tax advisor.