Dancing Classrooms Greater Richmond is a 501 c 3 Non Profit founded in 2012 to bring the Dancing Classrooms program to the entire Greater Richmond area. We are currently collaborating with Richmond Public Schools, and concluded a successful Pilot at Swasnboro Elementary School in December 2012.
We will offer the program in another two RPS Elementary schools this semester, and plan to expand further into RPS amd the rest of GRVA. In 2013 , we will also be able to take the program to middle schools.
If you've seen the documentary Mad Hot Ballroom or the feature film with Antonio Banderas, Take the Lead, then you know the Dancing Classrooms story, and you know the positive difference Dancing Classrooms makes in the lives of children, parents, schools and their communities.
Founder Pierre Dulaine started Dancing Classrooms almost 20 years ago by volunteering in one New York City School. From that single school, Dancing Classrooms has grown to serve over 40,000 children in over 500 schools in more than twenty-five locations across the country and around the world.
Our mission is to build social awareness, confidence and self-esteem in children through the practice of social dance. Through standards-based, in-school residencies, we use the vocabulary of ballroom dance to cultivate the positive feelings that are inherent in every child. The maturity necessary to dance together fosters respect, teamwork, confidence and a sense of joy and accomplishment which we hope to bring to every child.
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.
Scrupulous attention to program quality and professional development ensures consistent delivery of the Dancing Classrooms program and maximum benefit to students and schools. In other words, what you see in Mad Hot Ballroom is what you get in every Dancing Classrooms school.
Studies have shown that participation in Dancing Classrooms results in positive impact on key indicators of social and academic success. Post-residency interviews show consistent high levels of satisfaction with the Dancing Classrooms program among students, classroom teachers, school administrators and parents.
Risks and challenges
Once funding is secured, the key challenge is deciding which School District and school to offer the program to. We have been working with Richmond Pubic Schools thus far, and have their endorsement and agreement to expand the program. Our intent would be to offer a Pilot to one or more additional School Districts in the Greater Richmond area in order to drive awareness in the community. The hurdle will be gaining access to decision makers in these school districts and securing their endorsement, but we are collaborating with Communities in Schools and are certain that with their help this hurdle can be overcome. If it cannot , we will use the funds to bring the program to another school in RPS this year.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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