Our History

Dancing Classrooms has its roots in the American Ballroom Theater Company (ABrT) -  a non-profit organization founded in August 1984 by Pierre Dulaine, Yvonne Marceau and Otto Cappel in New York City. 

From 1984 through 1995, ABrT was a performing dance company, staging more than 350 performances throughout the United States and internationally. In 1994, Pierre first volunteered to teach a dance class at the Professional Performing Arts School on West 48th Street in Manhattan. So began what is now Dancing Classrooms; an in-school residency program for every child, regardless of his or her background or experience.

In 2005, this unique arts-in-education program was immortalized in the award winning documentary film "Mad Hot Ballroom".  Dancing Classrooms reputation and influence was further extended with the release of the major motion picture "Take The Lead". The film, starring Antonio Banderas as Pierre Dulaine, was inspired by Pierre's teaching experience in public schools.  

Yvonne Marceau has continuously choreographed for various companies and events, including Julia Roberts and other cast members of the film "Mona Lisa Smile". With the release of these films, the world got to see how The Dulaine Method benefits each and every child, regardless of background or experience. As interest in the program continues to grow, new sites are opening around the Country.  Pierre Dulaine's commitment to the quality and integrity of this unique program is sustained as he is now committed, full time, to train all of the nation's Teaching Artists in New York City.