At a Dancing Classrooms session at Hazel Park Preparatory Academy in St. Paul, 8
th grader Mason, without prompting, extended a hand to classroom visitor Nicole, and invited her to dance with him. He politely escorted her onto the circle and they danced the Merengue throughout the rest of class. Mason had always struggled with school, but improved thanks to the values fostered by Dancing Classrooms — Respect, Elegance, and Teamwork.
Nicole was so taken by Mason’s kindness that she wrote Principal Dutrieuille to personally thank him for bringing this valuable program to his students. Principal Dutrieuille responded,
“With Dancing Classrooms, we see students respecting each other. Heart of Dance builds community. It builds camaraderie. And it has built more respectful relationships between our students.”
Your support and generosity mean the world to 5
th and 8
th graders like Mason. It takes $200,000 in individual donations and organizational contributions to bring the benefits of Dancing Classrooms to our 2,500+ students each school year. To date, we are halfway to reaching this goal before June 30 for the 2019-20 academic year. Please consider helping us reach our goal so we can transform young lives through the power of partner dance!