"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

Frequently Asked Questions

How is Dancing Classrooms Northeast Ohio funded?
By people like YOU!  Each school we work with is a funding partner.  The school pays 50% of the fees and we, Dancing Classrooms Northeast Ohio, fundraise the other 50%.  Dancing Classrooms is a community effort and requires, just like ballroom dance, a “partnership” between you and our non profit 501 (c)(3) organization.

Why should I support a dance program?
Actually Dancing Classrooms isn’t a dancing program; Dancing Classrooms is a social development program that utilizes ballroom dancing as the tool to generate social change in the participants and overall school culture.

How can I support Dancing Classrooms Northeast Ohio?
There are many ways you can support.  View the many projects you can Get Involved with. 

Does Dancing Classrooms make a difference?
Absolutely!  Multiple research projects have been completed on the Dancing Classrooms program and all support our efforts.   Ask us for the full reports.  Please also see this example of our program's impact within CMSD.

What you can expect to gain from a Dancing Classrooms residency?
Anecdotal feedback suggests the implementation of the Dancing Classrooms program improves:

  • Self Confidence
  • School attendance rates
  • Student behavior
  • Overall school culture
  • Respect for self & others
  • Student focus & attention
  • Classroom productivity
  • Academic scores
  • Family engagement
  • Variables leading to childhood obesity & diabetes
  • Antidote to the violence surrounding our communities

What will my investment do for the children of Northeast Ohio?
A lot!  Your investment will allow 5th & 8th grade children throughout Northeast Ohio the opportunity to receive our program at no cost and provide the children, their schools, and our communities with the benefits listed above.

How are students selected to participate?
The class is not an “elective” or after-school class – all students within the grade (5th or 8th) participate in the program along with the classroom teacher ensuring maximum impact from the program for all students.