DANCING CLASSROOMS LONG ISLAND (DC/LI) HISTORY
In 2007, CoDanceCo, in partnership with American Ballroom Theater (ABrT), received a two-year grant from the Dana Foundation to license CoDanceCo as the artistic and administrative home for Dancing Classrooms on Long Island. As such, CoDanceCo joined ABrT’s growing National Network of Dancing Classrooms sites located across the U.S. and abroad.
The support from Dana Foundation was instrumental in providing the following elements necessary for CoDanceCo to establish Dancing Classrooms Long Island (DC/LI):
- Free, rigorous training in the Dulaine Method for two groups of Long Island teaching artists to be certified as DANCING CLASSROOMS teaching artists;
- Periodic site review and coaching during the first two years of program implementation;
- Mentorship in the development of community-based partnerships between CoDanceCo’s administration, teaching artists, and school districts;
- Development of marketing and promotional materials to introduce the program to Long Island school districts;
Dancing Classrooms Long Island’s fall 2007 teacher training course with Pierre Dulaine was hosted by the North Babylon School District’s Belmont Elementary School.This was made possible through the support Dr. Kim Lowenborg-Coyne, North Bablyon School District's Director of Music and Art programs, Belmont Elementary Principal Valerie Jackson and their staff. In addition, Carol Brown, Arts-in-education Coordinator for Eastern Suffolk BOCES worked collaboratively with CoDanceCo and American Ballroom Theater as they planned and implemented the program on Long Island. The combined efforts of these extraordinary individuals were instrumental in the establishment of CoDanceCo as the National Network Site for Dancing Classrooms on Long Island.
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