Pacific Ballroom Dance Programs
Dancing Classrooms builds social awareness, confidence and self-esteem in children through the practice of social dance. Through standards-based, in-school residencies
, we use the vocabulary of ballroom dance to cultivate the positive feelings that are inherent in every child. The maturity necessary to dance together fosters respect, teamwork, confidence and a sense of joy and accomplishment which we hope to bring to every child. Ballroom dance is the medium we use to nurture these qualities. Find out more about Dancing Classrooms at www.dancingclassroomsseattle.com
Any young person age 9 to 18 can join the Pacific Ballroom Dance Company. We have five teams where students are placed according to their varying ages and ability levels. Students on teams learn to believe in themselves, to create synergy with a partner and with the group as a whole, and to express themselves as individuals.
Pacific Ballroom serves the community at large by providing dozens of free or inexpensive performances each year. These performances provide access to the arts for thousands of people, young people in particular, throughout the Puget Sound region.
Pacific Ballroom Dance also offers world-class ballroom instruction for individual couples. Students are given the opportunity to take medals exams and receive certification when they reach various levels of proficiency. These certifications are recognized worldwide
Through our Academy we offer classes at all levels and have something for all students, whether they want to dance just for fun or one day become a professional dancer.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
In 2010, we launched our Dancing Classrooms pilot program with 8 local classrooms participating. The project was a tremendous success, with children starting out exclaiming "I'm NEVER going to ballroom dance!" and then transforming into elegant ladies and gentlemen. At some schools we even received reports of parents driving by and seeing the children dancing on the playground at recess--evidence that dance had truly become a part of their lives.
Also in 2010, we finished the renovation of our studio in Auburn, which has had an enormous impact on the quality of our teams, classes, and overall program.
Our goal is to bring Dancing Classrooms to every 5th grader in the Puget Sound region! We'd love your help to get us there!