Our Impact

 Dancing Classrooms Philly is proud to partner with our schools, community members, and young ladies and gentlemen across the Greater Philadelphia region to make our curriculum a success. Over the years, we have worked with more than 20,000 local fifth and eighth grade students, in public, charter and parochial schools.

Both academic and post-program research with our school partners demonstrate that Dancing Classrooms Philly substantially advances confidence, attachment and motivation, civility and respect, self-esteem, teaming skills, focus, self-control, determination, and joy in the children, through:

Adult modeling and direct student experience of being treated and treating others as “capable and mature ladies and gentlemen.”

The individual and group experience of these various skills and emotions while achieving basic mastery in a new field they can all enjoy.

Transforming their relationships with the adults in their lives, in whom the students generate pride and affection as they blossom and grow.

Our children and community partners have thrived through our programming. See what some of them have to say about their experiences with Dancing Classrooms Philly!

What People Are Saying About Us

“When we first started dancing, I felt excited and nervous. Dancing was a lot more fun than I thought it would be. When I walk into dance class, I get happy. I feel that dancing could help improve our confidence. I feel it could change our future.”St. Cecilia Fifth Grade Gentleman

“I believe the program fits the fifth grade to a tee. It is developmentally appropriate and creates an environment of confidence and creativity. I loved this program. It is fabulous!” – Ms. Kurland, Penn Alexander Teacher

“I love Dancing Classrooms Philly! The artists are amazing. They work with our children and help them to learn not just to dance, but so much more!  I never thought my son Nate could dance like this.  When I see Nate dance, it makes me smile.  He works hard to learn the steps and he moves with ease.  Learning to ballroom dance helps you in many ways, coordination, math skills, poise, grace and self-esteem.  The students have to work together as a team so it also teaches team building as well. I would recommend this program to any school.  Nate is my second son to go through the program.  I have a younger son, Christian who will participate next year and I am so excited for him!” – Ms. Fischer, Parent

“What an outstanding program for our students with special needs!  It was educational in that it requires focus, the following of directions and the completion of a specific movement.  At the same time, it was so enjoyable that our students’ faces lit up whenever they participated in Dancing Classrooms Philly!! Thank you!” – Sr. Judith Moeller, Our Lady of Confidence Principal

 

Read what some of our students have written about their experiences!

See some of our young ladies and gentlemen in action below!