Our mission is to cultivate essential life skills in children through the practice of social dance. Our vision is to help create Schools and communities where every child is connected, respected, and provided a safe environment in which to thrive. Dancing Classrooms NYC, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization, was founded by Pierre Dulaine in 1994.
Dancing Classrooms is a 10-week – 20 session social development program for 5th and 8th grade children that utilizes ballroom dancing as a vehicle to change the lives of not only the children who participate in the program but also the lives of the teachers and parents who support these children. The dance is a tool for getting the children to break down social barriers, learn about honor and respect, treat others carefully, improve self-confidence, communicate and cooperate, and accept others even if they are different.
Dancing Classrooms uses a curriculum-based teaching approach to achieve social awareness and build self-esteem. Students are taught the vocabulary of various contemporary social dances in a classroom setting. Each class in the series introduces new steps, reinforcing what has been previously learned through practice and repetition.
We take the dance that is inherent in students’ bodies and help them to bring it out, not force it in, enabling students to increase their pride and self-esteem as they learn.