Fifth Graders Greet April--with Spring in their Steps!


Over 350 fifth-graders in seventeen classrooms in eight Twin Cities schools are polishing their Rumba, Swing, Waltz, Tango and other dances as they prepare to showcase their new skills for parents, teachers and classmates at their school "Culminating Event" the last two weeks of April.  That's what these students from Benjamin E. Mays IB World School did in their showcase last December--they were awesome! 

Is your school interested in bringing Dancing Classrooms to your fifth graders next school year?  See for yourself--attend one of our spring showcases at our participating schools.   You'll see much more than dance steps--including Dancing Classroom fundamentals of Respect, Elegance, and Teamwork.  Fall semester is already filling up fast!  Contact emberrj@heartofdancemn.org of Heart of Dance if you'd like to attend any of these events:

Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Jackson Preparatory School, St. Paul
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Academia Cesar Chavez, St. Paul
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Wellstone Elementary School, St. Paul
Thursday, April 21, 2016
Stonebridge IB World School, Minneapolis
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Cherokee Heights Elementary School, St. Paul
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
St. Paul City School, St. Paul
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Partnership Academy, Richfield
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Harambee Elementary School, Maplewood
 
And don't forget to join us for our spring  Colors of the Rainbow Team Match  on Sunday, May 15 from 3-5 p.m. at the Hilton Doubletree in Bloomington (former Radisson South), sponsored by University of Minnesota Ballroom Dance Club and u partner dance. Check out details at www.heartofdancemn.org .

We couldn't be more proud of our participating students and the school leaders and teachers who have made this inaugural year a huge success. We are on track to double our classrooms for 2016-17! We  couldn't do this without great help from volunteers, donors, and sponsors. We are grateful to  Dancers Studio and Cinema Ballroom  for hosting benefit fundraisers for Heart of Dance so we can expand our reach to more students. We are also grateful to our volunteer professional dance "Buddies" who visited our classrooms this spring, including Dustin Donelan and Michelle Hudson of Cinema Ballroom; Troy Lerum of Dancers Studio; Eliecer Ramirez Vargas of Costa Rica Ballroom; Russell Alliev of DanceLife Ballroom; Joanna Lessard of Fred Astaire Dance Studios; Rebecca Abas of Four Seasons; and independent professionals Chris Kempainen, Robert Foster and Monica Mohn. 

Would you like to join us on this journey? Apply to be a Teaching Artist for 2016-17 here.  We encourage applicants of color and multilingual speakers, and no ballroom dance experience is necessary!   

Would you like to join us as a classroom sponsor or donor? Every contribution you make to Heart of Dance, a 501c3 nonprofit, helps more fifth graders to experience the social and emotional learning benefits of partner dance. You will help to transform young lives! Donate here today!

Let's celebrate this wonderful inaugural year of Dancing Classrooms in Minnesota. Join us in April and May! You'll be smiling for weeks. 

We look forward to sharing this journey with you!
Ember Reichgott Junge | 612-750-1262 | EmberRJ@HeartofDanceMN.org
Andrea Mirenda | 651-283-6799 | AndreaM@HeartofDanceMN.org