Dancing Classrooms Greater Richmond (DCGRVA) uses the Dulaine Method
to teach children to dance while simultaneously developing their social awareness and building their self-esteem. In addition, DCGRVA improves the students' physical fitness through the joy of dance. Furthermore, the boy-girl interaction inherent in partner dancing boosts the children’s confidence and their ability to relate to others. This program teaches more than dance, it teaches children to take a bow.
IN-SCHOOL RESIDENCY PROGRAM
All DCGRVA instruction takes place within the host school’s regular day. It is integrated with the physical education, fine arts, music, or other school appropriate curricula. Each 5th or 8th grade class meets twice a week for 10 weeks.
The program culminates in a showcase in which every child performs. Audience members can include parents and families, the local community, lower grades, and school staff.
DCGRVA uses the curriculum-based Dulaine Method
to teach the vocabulary of various contemporary social dances in the 5th and 8th grade classroom setting. Each class includes the introduction of new dance steps while reinforcing what has been previously learned. Expertise is achieved through practice and repetition.
Dancing Classrooms’ instruction is aligned with the benchmarks for academic content standards for the Department of Education for both Palm Beach and Broward Counties. The Program is monitored on an ongoing basis by evaluators and educational liaisons. We adhere to the highest standards of excellence to ensure the best experience for our students.
Our classes serve a diverse population of children. Classes are conducted in English. All students are welcome - there are no pre-requisites and experience is never required. Each Dancing Classrooms’ residency culminates in social activities geared toward family members, such as an an assembly performance complete with literacy components.
Dancing Classrooms is not just about teaching ballroom dancing. The dance is a tool for:
• breaking down social barriers
• discouraging and reducing bullying
• learning about honor and respect
• improving self-confidence
• communicating with and accepting those of different backgrounds
• leveling the field; equalizing the “coolness” or popularity factor
• exercising and enjoying a more healthy lifestyle
Dance is one of the most expressive ways to celebrate and communicate. Dancing Classrooms is able to reach children in an existing classroom setting and address fundamental issues of mutual respect and self-esteem, issues that social dance puts into practice. Dancing Classrooms hopes to inspire children through dance to do well, to respect one another, and to take pride in their accomplishments.