“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

NORTHEAST OHIO PROGRAMS

Since 2008, Dancing Classrooms Northeast Ohio has served a cumulative total of more than 12,000 children, many who fall within some of our most underserved communities.  

Anecdotally school administrators and classroom teachers have correlated the Dancing Classrooms program with an improved attendance rate, improved focus and attention in the classroom leading to improved academics and testing, reduced behavioral management problems leading to more productive class time, and an increase in parental involvement at the school.  Research studies have been completed on the program and the results support the mission of social development.  Additional research has indicated that the program also has a positive impact on some of the variables leading to childhood obesity.

Beyond the ten week residency, Dancing Classrooms Northeast Ohio engages the entire community through our Colors of the Rainbow Team Match events - free, family friendly, and open to the public.  The Semi Final rounds take place in the Auditorium of Tri-C's Metropolitan Campus and the Grand Finals take place in the Ohio Theatre at Playhouse Square.  These events provide students, their families and the entire school's community the opportunity to be exposed to Northeast Ohio's renowned theater district but also support participating students as they represent their school utilizing their newfound abilities and level of confidence.  Please visit our "Events" page for more information on these events.