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Dancing Classrooms Los Angeles' mission is to build social awareness, confidence and self-esteem in children through the practice of social dance.
The Dancing Classrooms program was first launched in Los Angeles in 2011 as a not-for-profit organization. It is an arts-in-education program teaching ballroom dance to 5th grade elementary school students throughout Los Angeles County. As seen in the documentary film Mad Hot Ballroom, Dancing Classrooms is an in-school residency for every child, regardless of background or experience. While Dancing Classrooms has been hailed as an effective program for teaching social dance, the program provides many other benefits. Dancing Classrooms is about creating an atmosphere which allows students who are typically introverted and reserved, to step out and shine. It focuses physical energies and increases health through the joy of movement. It builds self-esteem and interactive social skills as it improves confidence and children’s ability to relate to others.
Dancing Classrooms Los Angeles launched in the 2011-2012 school year in 19 elementary schools from all over Los Angeles County, reaching more than 1200 students and 500 parents and educators in the first year alone. Now in our fourth year we have reached over 50 elementary schools, over 5,000 students! Join us as we bring social dance and build leaders of tomorrow throughout Southern California!
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