Transforming lives one step at a time.
Dancing Classrooms Los Angeles' mission is to promote positive youth development, strengthen and engage schools, and bring diverse communities together through the practice of social dance.
Through a ten-week and twenty-session standards-based, in-school residency, Dancing Classrooms uses social dance as a vehicle to change the lives of all who participate in the program. A curriculum-based teaching approach utilizes the vocabulary of dance to break down social barriers, eliminate bias, teach students to honor and respect each other, and promote self-confidence, communication, and cooperation. Students are taught the vocabulary of various ballroom dances in a classroom setting. Each class in the series introduces new steps, reinforcing what has been previously learned through practice and repetition.
Our teaching philosophy is one of inside out versus outside in. Dancing Classrooms is not just about teaching dance, it is about teaching pride, confidence and respect. We take the dance that is inherent in young people and help them to bring it out, enabling them to increase their self-esteem as they learn.
We believe that the maturity necessary to dance together fosters respect, teamwork, confidence and a sense of joy and accomplishment.
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We are currently accepting schools for the 2013-2014 school year.
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