Dancing Classrooms North Texas

Congratulations to all of our Fall 2013 Dancing Classrooms Schools! For a complete list of winners click here.

"Dance Takes Center-Stage for Competition and Research at UT-Arlington"

20 May 2013

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Media Contact: Traci Peterson, Office:817-272-9208, Cell:817-521-5494, tpeterso@uta.edu


...a ground breaking program that's changing attitudes in North Texas." - Cliff Caldwell, CBS 11 News

"Dancing Classrooms is one of the few coed and group-oriented physical education activities in which girls exhibited a greater cardiovascular response than the boys." - Dr. Larry Nelson, Univerity of Texas at Arlington

"...the social development is really visible in this program..." Brenda Teele, WFAA 8 Good Morning Texas

The Dancing Classrooms Story

Dancing Classrooms was launched in 1994 as a not-for-profit project of the American Ballroom Theater Company in New York City. It is an arts-in-education program teaching ballroom dance to the upper elementary and middle school students of participating schools.

In 2005, an awared winning documentary titled, Mad Hot Ballroom was released which journeyed the program from the classroom experience to the culminating "Colors of the Rainbow Team Match." Take the Lead was released in 2006 and depicted Pierre Dulaine's efforts to utilize ballroom dancing to help NYC youth regain a sense of self-respect, pride and elegance. Both these movies greatly accelerated national and international interest in Dancing Classrooms. 

In 2006, Dancing Classrooms began spreadaing through the US and internationally. As of 2011, the program has expanded to 22 US cities, 15 states, 4 coutnries, and the US Virgin Islands. Dancing Classrooms now serves nearly 45,000 students annually in over 500 schools and nearly 1,500 classrooms.                                             


Our mission is to build social awareness, confidence and self-esteem in children through the practice of social dance.

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.

Using 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, team work, confidence and a sense of joy and accomplishment, that we hope to bring to every child. Ballroom dance is the medium we use to nurture these qualities.

Dancing Classrooms Objectives:

  • Increase student awareness of other cultures
  • Increase student social skills
  • Increase student self esteem
  • Increase student perception of school
  • Increase student physical exercise levels
  • Decrease student behavior mangement difficulties

How Can You Help?

You can help make this program accessible to as many children as possible. School contributions and/or grant funds cover just half of the costs of the program. When you financially partner with us you help us bring Dancing Classrooms North Texas to more children and schools.

How will your donation be used?

  • $3,000 "Adopt a Class" funds a full DCNT semester program for one classroom
  • $1,500 - funds one half of the cost of a full DCNT program
  • $500 - Sponsors a portion of Colors of the Rainbow Team Match (great for businesses)
  • $200 - Funds one "couple" or team of two for a full semester program
  • $100 - Funds one student for a full semester program
  • $50, $20, $10 - Every donation helps!!!

How to Donate

Support us today! You can also make a secure donation online by clicking below. Your contributions can always be mailed; a receipt will be mailed back to you. Checks can be make payable to: Dancing Classrooms North Texas or Tarrant County Youth Collaboration, and mailed to TCYC, 6707 Brentwood Stair Rd, Suite 228, Ft Worth, TX 76112. Or just click the Donate tab below!

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