Dancing Classrooms is a social development program for 5th,7th and 8th grade children that utilizes 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 these children.The program was developed by Pierre Dulaine 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. During the 2010-11 school year Dancing Classrooms served 42,000 children in 509 schools in 24 cities.All Dancing Classrooms Greater Richmond instruction takes place within the host school’s regular day. It can be integrated with physical education, fine arts, music, social studies, mathematics or other school appropriate curricula. Each class meets twice a week for 10 weeks and the program culminates in a showcase at the school in which every child performs. Audience members can include parents and families, the local community, lower grades and school staff.Two research projects indicate that Dancing Classrooms does make positive changes in participant social development, and another two research projects indicate that Dancing Classrooms has a positive impact on some of the variables that lead to childhood obesity. Furthermore, a recent study of the Dancing Classrooms program sponsored by our Pittsburgh Dancing Classrooms site (Mercy Behavioral Health) demonstrates that 5th grade students who participated in the Dancing Classrooms program had significantly improved grade point averages after three grade-quarters of observation. The grades were also improved for students participating in Dancing Classrooms when compared with the 5th grade students who did not participate for the subjects social science, science and math.The DC curriculum has been reviewed in New York, California, Pennsylvania and Ohio and meets or exceeds the NewYork State Standards for the Arts, New York Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Arts, California Visual and Performing Arts Framework, Ohio's Academic Content Standards and the Pennsylvania Academic Standards for the Arts and Humanities.Dancing Classrooms is a fully-inclusive program that serves a diverse population of children. Classes are conducted in English. All students are welcome - there are no pre-requisites and experience is never required. Each Dancing Classrooms’ residency can culminate in social activities geared toward family members, such as an evening dance for students with their parents, an assembly performance complete with literacy components, or a Ballroom Breakfast.
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