"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


As a special activity, each school in the Dancing Classrooms program has the option to participate in the Colors of the Rainbow Team Match, as seen in the hit documentary film 'Mad Hot Ballroom'. At the close of each course, twelve students are selected to represent their school.

Students/schools earning Gold in the Semi-Final rounds will advance to the Grand Finals at Playhouse Square.

These events are FREE, Family Friendly, and open to the public - all are welcome to attend (no reservations are required).

This event not taking place in 2022.

The 2019-2020 Colors of the Rainbow Team Match events were supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.  

Additional support is provided by: Cleveland Clinic, Cuyahoga Community College, The Millennium Fund, and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northeast Ohio.