"He'll Remember this for a Lifetime!"
 
That's what one parent said of her son as they left the Heart of Dance Colors of the Rainbow Team Match Sunday at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel in Bloomington.  Fifth-graders from eight Twin Cities schools danced full out in an all-school competition before a roaring crowd of parents, families and schoolmates, and a professional panel of ballroom judges.  You could see Elegance, Respect and Teamwork as students completed ten weeks of Dancing Classrooms learning tango, swing, rumba, foxtrot and other ballroom dances.

Respect and Joy!

Fifth graders shared their joy of the heel-toe polka as they switched partners and danced with students from other teams they never even met! 
 

Teamwork!

Congratulations to first-place team Stonebridge World School of Minneapolis! And our heartfelt thanks to the team of professional ballroom champions and judges who volunteered their time:  (l to r):  Shinya McHenry, DanceLife Ballroom; Eliecer Ramirez, Costa Rica Ballroom; Alina & Alex Spencer, New York; Nathan Daniels, National Ballroom Dance Adjudicator; and Michelle Hudson, Cinema Ballroom.   Thanks to University of Minnesota Ballroom Dance Club and u partner dance for sponsorship of the Team Match.

Congratulations to all!
 
We applaud our dancers from all 8 spring semester schools. Every student received a medal and every school received a trophy. Heart of Dance is so proud of you!

Academia Cesar Chavez, St. Paul
Cherokee Heights, St. Paul
Harambee Elementary, Maplewood
Jackson Preparatory, St. Paul
Partnership Academy, Richfield
St. Paul City School, St. Paul
Stonebridge World School, Mpls
Wellstone Elementary, St. Paul 


Help Us Double our Classrooms!

When a fifth-grade team member from
Wellstone Elementary dropped this generous gift into our donation box, we couldn't help but be choked up. This was a gift from her heart. Can you help Heart of Dance bring Dancing Classrooms to more schools this fall? You will help transform young lives, one step at a time. Donate here today!

Tribute to Prince!
 
Prince's legacy is about bringing everyone together to celebrate the joy of music and dance.  Our fifth graders became one Purple Team as they danced the Stomp to Prince's hit "1999."

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