photo by Lucia Techera
photo by Lucia Techera

“When it came to performing and competing you saw the effect of the kids coming together and being part of the team. It was really a different strategy to use—that wasn’t so apparent to the kids—to help them interact with one another.”

Principal

The Colors of the Rainbow Team Match is an optional, extended journey beyond the residency program for those schools that want to give twelve of their students a special experience and offer their student body an additional opportunity to foster school spirit.

The team match was designed to bring children from across Long Island together. It shows them that they are part of a larger dancing family, and unites the vast diversity of cultures and ethnicities in our communities. All team matches confirm the core values of the Dancing Classrooms program: mutual respect, tolerance, teamwork, sportsmanship and elegance among children.

The Colors of the Rainbow Team Match is also a wonderful community builder as we bring together students, schools and parent communities that otherwise may not interact. They work together as a larger group to create and share a new “safe space.”

The event includes several rounds of competition. As seen in the documentary film Mad Hot Ballroom, the match culminates with each team earning either a bronze, silver, or gold medallion.

The next Spring Colors of the Rainbow Team Matches will be:

 

SUFFOLK SCHOOLS: Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at 6 p.m.

Barton Elementary, 199 Barton Ave, Patchogue, NY 11772

 

 

NASSAU SCHOOLS: Thursday, May 30, 2019 at 7 p.m.

Memorial Education Center, 150 Abbey Lane, Levittown, NY 11756