Dancing Classrooms Phoenix is not only about teaching ballroom dance. The dance is a tool for getting the children to break down social barriers, learn about honor and respect, treat others carefully, improve self-confidence and physical fitness, communicate and cooperate, and accept others even if they are different. Developed by Pierre Dulaine, Director of Dancing Classrooms(a project of the American Ballroom Theater) in New York City in 1994, the program builds confidence and team work, stretches creative skills and supports academic excellence. During the 2009-2010 school year Dancing Classrooms served nearly 50,000 children in 525 schools worldwide. Research projects conducted by Philliber Research Associates in St. Louis, Missouri, The University of Texas, Arlington College of Education and Weill Cornell Medical College have all found that Dancing Classrooms does make positive changes in participant social development as well as a positive impact on some of the variables that lead to childhood obesity. School Principals from 230 participating New York City schools in 2009 claimed that of the students participating in Dancing Classrooms they saw a drop in behavior management by 82.5%, a positive impact on academic performance by 79.6%, and a positive change in the way the children treated each other by 94.9%.
How Dancing Classrooms will work in your school: – The program is developmentally designed for 5th (11 year olds) and 8th (14 year olds). – The program is 10 weeks of 20, 45 minute sessions. – The classroom teacher not only participates in the sessions, but, he/she actively work to integrate elements of the program into existing school curriculum. – The 20th class is the Culminating Event, a school showcase for the kids to show the rest of the school (teachers and students) as well as their parents what they have learned.