Children are not born with hatred, they are taught it. The opposite can be learned as well. Pierre Dulaine has proven his ability to teach children to overcome extreme prejudices through the language of dance.
Join us in chronicling Pierre's journey to Jaffa where he will overcome the impossible by pairing Israeli and Palestinian children together as dance partners in a competition. Pierre's proven program has the ability to change lives -Pierre has accomplished the impossible in the past. Come be a part of an inspirational approach to what was up till now an insurmountable conflict. Help us so we can film this ground-breaking film to share with the world.
In 1994 Pierre Dulaine, an internationally renown ballroom dancer, decided to do something that had never been done - to go into the public schools of NY to teach inner city kids to ballroom dance. Facing tremendous resistance, he convinced one school to let him do it on a volunteer basis and started with a class of 30 children. Since then 128,000 children have gone through his program in New York alone and over 200,000 children have participated as the program has rolled out nationally. He faced many obstacles and challenges in his efforts to create this program. His belief was that ballroom dancing would teach the children life skills including discipline, teamwork and self-esteem. They were taught to hold each other, touch each other and respect each other –none of which came easily. Although at the time no one saw the value of ballroom dancing, now they realize he was right; he has changed the lives of many children and their families through his program. TAKE THE LEAD, starring Antonio Banderas was a feature film about Pierre and his program.
Pierre was born in 1944 in Jaffa to a Palestinian mother. In 1948 they fled to Amman Jordan where he grew up and when he was 14 the family moved to London. Pierre has traveled the world and had many achievements and successes in his career, but he still has one remaining dream.
Now Pierre is planning to fulfill that dream of so many years - to take his program, DANCING CLASSROOMS, to Jaffa, where he was born. He will be teaching 10-year-old Palestinian and Israeli children to dance together. They will train for 10 weeks beginning the end of February building to a final competition where each competing team will be composed of an Israeli and a Palestinian. The final competition will be judged by well-known International celebrities. He has already arranged for five schools to participate. This will obviously be a unique and groundbreaking film. Pierre will have to get the parents to agree as well as the teachers and principals. If some of the Palestinian girls say they can't dance with a boy then he will pair them up with an Israeli girl. We will spend time with the children as well as with their parents. We will see the struggle, realization and change as they move through the program. If anyone can change the way people think and treat each other, it is Pierre. Not only will he change the lives of the kids he is teaching but also the lives of those watching the documentary.
Director: Hilla Medalia (TO DIE IN JERUSALEM)
Producers: Diane Nabatoff (TAKE THE LEAD), Neta Zwebner-Zaibert
THAT'S WHERE WE NEED YOUR HELP!!!
We need to raise $10,000 to help cover the cost of these upcoming shoots. THIS PROJECT IS HAPPENING IN REAL TIME. Because Pierre's trip to Jaffa is happening now we have to start the shooting in order to document his dream and to be able to follow the kids from their first dancing class , through the 10 weeks training in order to win the dancing competition. Your support will make it possible for us to travel to Jaffa, to rent the equipment, and most importantly to document Pierre's dream to bring Jewish and Palestinians kids together so the next generation can live in a better world!!!
PLEASE open your HEART, open your MIND, and JOIN US IN TRANSFORMING LIVES. A small donation can lead to a world of change.
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