Welcome To Dancing Classrooms Long Island (DC/LI)
Launched in 2008 as a not-for-profit program of CoDanceCo, Inc., Dancing Classrooms Long Island is the licensed Global Network Site for Dancing Classrooms: Transforming Lives One Step at a Time.™ Download Our Brochure
Transforming lives one step at a time.
Our mission is to support Long Island youth in developing essential life skills through the art of social dance: self-confidence, respect for others, social awareness, increased physical and emotional well-being, cooperative teamwork with the opposite gender, appreciation of the world’s cultural diversity, and academic excellence.
Dancing Classrooms is not about teaching ballroom dancing. 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, communicate and cooperate, and accept others even if they are different.
Dancing Classrooms is a ten-week 20 session residency program 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.
Dancing Classrooms uses a curriculum-based teaching approach to achieve social awareness and build self-esteem. Students are taught the vocabulary of various contemporary social dances in a classroom setting. Each class in the series introduces new steps, reinforcing what has been previously learned through practice and repetition.
Our teaching philosophy is one of inside out versus outside in. The program is not just about teaching dance, it’s about teaching pride, confidence and respect. We take the dance that is inherent in students’ bodies and help them to bring it out, not force it in, enabling students to increase their self-esteem as they learn.
“Dancing is about connections … to our friends, to our families, to our neighbors. It is one of the most expressive ways we celebrate and communicate our cultures and communities. With Dancing Classrooms, we are able to reach children in existing classroom settings and address fundamental issues of mutual respect and self-esteem – issues that social dance puts into practice. We hope to inspire children through dance to do well, to respect one another, to be proud. This program is about more than dance, it is about teaching children to take a bow.” – Pierre Dulaine & Yvonne Marceau