Bring Dancing Classrooms To Your School

To bring Dancing Classrooms to your school please e-mail or call us to set up an appointment to meet one of DC/LI’s Educational Liaisons. E-mail us at info@dancingclassroomsli.org or call (631) 352-0648.

It is important for our introductory meeting that the primary decision-makers for your school and/or district are present: building Principal or Assistant Principal, grade level Classroom and Specialist teachers, Coordinator for Art & Music programs if there is one, PTA representative, Superintendent of Curriculum.

Our teaching philosophy is one of inside out versus outside in. The program is not just about teaching dance, it’s about developing social and emotional skills that will set up each student for success in life. We take the dance that is inherent in students’ bodies and help them to bring it out, through “disciplined-fun”, thus enabling students to increase their self-esteem as they learn.

Residency Highlights

ORIENTATION MEETING with the Principal, Dancing Classrooms Coordinator, Teaching Artist(s), Classroom Teachers and/or Specials Teachers, i.e., Physical Education, Music.

CURRICULUM INTEGRATION: Teaching Artist (TA) collaborates with Classroom Teachers to integrate the ballroom residency experience into other academic subject areas.

FIRST CLASS: Liaison and assigned TA ‘team’ teach the first class, a magical moment in which the children first experience the journey of imagination, respect, politeness, danceframe and escort position.

CHECK-IN: Liaison visits on the 6th or 7th lesson to review progress.

A VIDEO of professional dancers in a variety of settings is shown on the 10th lesson with discussion led by TA and Classroom Teacher.

GUEST BUDDY TEACHING ARTIST visits on the 12th lesson to do a DANCE DEMONSTRATION with the Teaching Artist for the students and provide coaching tips as students prepare for their upcoming Culminating Event.

PLANNING: Liaison visits each class on the 14th lesson and facilitates a meeting with School Team and TA to finalize plans for the CULMINATING EVENT.

THE CULMINATING EVENT, a celebration of all the children have achieved, is on the 20th lesson. This event is geared toward family members, such as an evening dance, a ballroom breakfast, or assembly performance complete with literacy components.

Post-residency EVALUATION meeting with School Team DC Educational Liaison.

Program Requirements

Dancing Classrooms is an in-school artist-in-residency program.

One course for one classroom consists of a total of 20 lessons, taught 2 days a week for 10 weeks.

  • A minimum of 2 courses with a maximum of 30 students per class, taught back-to-back, is required. A balanced number of girls to boys is preferred.
  • No pre-requisites or previous dance experience needed. All children are included; lessons are conducted in English. Teacher participation is strongly encouraged as it sets the students up for the best learning environment possible.
  • We need a clean, well-lit space with optimum dimensions of 30’ by 40’, cleared of all desks, chairs, and objects. A gym or auditorium stage is ideal. The space should be quiet, contained and away from foot traffic.
  • It is best if the floor is hard wood or masonite/linoleum; no carpeting. A boom box with speakers sufficient to fill the space and an electrical outlet is required. An extension cord may also be necessary.
  • For lesson #10 a DVD player and monitor are required.