Dancing Classrooms is a 10-week, 20-lesson program for 5th and 8th grade children. Students are taught a variety of contemporary social dances in a physical education setting, each class introducing new steps and reinforcing what has been previously learned through practice and repetition. The program is not just about teaching ballroom dancing… The dance is a tool for getting children to break down social barriers, practice honor and respect by treating others carefully, improve self-confidence, and work together to overcome obstacles and accomplish big goals.
The teaching philosophy is one of inside out versus outside in. The program takes the dance that is inherent to students’ bodies and helps them bring it out in a supportive and collaborative setting utilizing a technique called the “Dulaine Method”, which grooms youth for positive social interaction and teaches them how to use appropriate forms of verbal and non-verbal communication. It is the reinforcement of manners and the respectful language transformations that fascinate program supporters most.
Research has shown that children engaged in the Dancing Classrooms program have improved their ability to relate to peers from other cultural groups, improve their social skills, improve their ability to manage behavior, and grow their respect for others. These educational outcomes are highlighted in the original Mad Hot Ballroom and Dancing in Jaffa documentaries.
Studies have shown that effective social development programs impact public safety through the teaching of self-control and cultivating other “soft-skills”. The development of early prosocial skills decreases the likelihood of youth receiving public assistance, being involved with law enforcement, and spending time in detention. More and more, policy-makers are considering large-scale programs aimed at self-control and social-emotional learning to improve citizens’ health and reduce disrespectful behavior and criminal activity.
Dancing Classrooms instruction is aligned with the Texas Associations for Health Physical Education, Recreation & Dance (TAPHERD) and is monitored by independent evaluators and educational liaisons. We follow the highest standards of excellence to ensure the best experience for our students. With the alarming rise of obesity and Type 2 diabetes among school age children, Dancing Classrooms also introduces a healthy and wholesome cardiovascular activity with the potential for lifelong enjoyment.
Our classes serve a diverse population of children and languages. Classes are conducted in English. All students are welcome; there are no pre-requisites and experience is never required. Dancing Classrooms’ courses culminate in an assembly performance complete with literacy components geared around parents, faculty/staff, and other students.
Dancing Classrooms North Texas is made possible through the generosity of many individuals; we invite you to join us by making a contribution to this internationally respected social development program.