"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

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Students compete in final ballroom dance competition where kindness, grace take center stage: Cleveland’s Promise

Almira Elementary School students stand in the lobby of Playhouse Square’s State Theater, looking up in awe. Most have never been in such a space, the high ceilings and massive art pieces on the walls mesmerize them, as they wait for the final Dancing Classrooms competition to begin.
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Students rally to help peers during ballroom dance competition: Cleveland’s Promise

As Almira Elementary’s final daily school bell rings, Zoey glances down at her black top and magenta skirt. She’s relieved to see they’re both still clean, as she won’t have time to wash the costume before she heads to the Dancing Classrooms team competition this evening.
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Students find success on the dance floor: Cleveland's Promise

“What’s half of eight? What’s half of four? What’s half of two?” Mr. John Whelan asked his class on a morning in March. But they were not sitting in math class at the time; they were getting ready to practice ballroom dancing, counting the number of shakes, as they warmed up their wrists and ankles.
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Students fight jitters during first day of ballroom dancing class: Cleveland’s Promise

Instead of the usual blocks of four, the desks in Ms. Mary Hejnal’s fifth-grade classroom are pushed against the walls to create space for the students, who are standing in two concentric circles. The first lesson of this year’s Dancing Classrooms program has just started and there are already mixed emotions throughout the room.
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Admiral King Elementary School Students Learn Social Skills Through Ballroom Dancing
The Morning Journal

Admiral King Elementary in Lorain is teaching students the importance of social emotional wellness through ballroom dancing. The school culminated its partnership with Dancing Classrooms Northeast Ohio with a performance on Nov. 10.
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Dancing Classrooms safely returns to Cleveland schools.
Spectrum News

One Ohio organization is making changes to bring dance back into classrooms safely. Clark School in Cleveland is just one school that welcomed dance instructor Jo Jo Carcioppolo back to the classroom.
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