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Building the foundation for a lifetime of character and leadership through the joyful art and practice of social dance. Learn More....
We are a not for profit educational and arts resource for the city’s public schools. We depend on the generosity of our donors who are helping thousands of children take the lead in their own lives. Join us!
The Weekend Academy Has A New Location!
Beginning February 2, 2019 Academy classes will now be held at:
500 8th Avenue
Manhattan / between 35th and 36th Streets
Classes will take place at their regularly scheduled time.
Student and families should show IDs when they arrive at the building.
Meet Pierre Dulaine: Taking the Lead with Generations of Children
Pierre D grew up as a poor, shy boy in London kid, trying to fit in and survive a bullied youth. He first saw ballroom dancing as a 14 year old(?)…Scraping together his earnings for lessons, he practiced his newfound passion and shifted from awkward teen to winning every major ballroom award with superstar Yvonne Marceau, his partner since 1976. Together they won numerous awards including the 1977, ’78, ’79 and ‘82 British Exhibition Championships, the Fred Astaire Award for Best Dance on Broadway, Dance Magazine’s award for excellence, the National Dance Council of America award, the Dance Educators of America award, and the Americans for the Arts “Arts in Education” 2005 award. Photo of Pierre and Yvonne in embrace.
In 1984, together with Otto Cappel, they founded American Ballroom Theater Company which eventually became the birthplace of Dancing Classrooms. Pierre created a unique and proprietary teaching methodology that coupled the joy and practice of ballroom dance with the development of essential life skills of respect, collaboration and partnership for children.
Dancing Classrooms starring role in films continued after “Mad Hot Ballroom” with “Taking the Lead” featuring Antonio Banderas as Pierre, as well as the 2015 documentary “Dancing in Jaffa” which chronicled Pierre’s 10 weeks training Israeli and Palestinian children to dance and compete together in the city of his birth. The rest is history.
Ovations from a Champion
A salute from Mayo Alanen, one of the most awarded ballroom dancers in the US today and the recipient of the 2018 Gala Humanitarian Award.
You've seen the films, now read the story that inspired them!
Taking the Lead is the inspiring story of Pierre Dulaine, the world champion ballroom dancer whose creation of the Dancing Classrooms Program has enhanced the lives of more than half a million children.
Read Pierre's firsthand account of how ballroom dance transformed a shy young man into a world renowned artist and advocate for the transformative power of the arts.
Purchase the book here!