Fifth graders dancing at CORTM
You are invited!  
Eight Fifth Grade Dancing Classrooms Teams To Compete May 15
About 100 fifth graders representing eight Twin Cities schools are ready to swing, tango, foxtrot, rumba, merengue, and waltz at the exciting all-school spring Colors of the Rainbow Team Match (CORTM) May 15, 2016, 3-5 pm.  You are invited and there is no admission charge!  This Star Tribune video captures the rockin' excitement of students and parents at the inaugural Colors of the Rainbow event last December.  You can see the Respect, Elegance and Teamwork in our fifth graders--they learn so much more than dance steps in Dancing Classrooms!

Professional ballroom dance judges will judge the event.  Winning teams will receive trophies, and every student will receive a medal.  In tribute to Prince, all students, parents, and audience members will be invited to dance together in the finale as one team:  The Purple Team.

Register Now for best seats! 
Sunday, May 15, 2016 
3:00 - 5:00 PM
Doubletree by Hilton Hotel 
7800 Normandale Blvd 
Hwys 494 & 100 
Bloomington, MN 55439 

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Congratulations to our Spring Semester Schools!

Seventeen classrooms in eight Twin Cities schools just completed their 10-week Dancing Classrooms residency with a special showcase for parents and schoolmates.  Congratulations to all fifth-grade students at Academia Cesar Chavez, St. Paul; Cherokee Heights Elementary School, St. Paul; Harambee Elementary School, Maplewood; Jackson Preparatory School, St. Paul; Partnership Academy, Richfield; Stonebridge IB World School, Minneapolis; St. Paul City School, St. Paul; and Wellstone Elementary School, St. Paul.  Each school selected a team of 12-14 fifth-graders to participate in the upcoming Colors of the Rainbow Team Match.

Educators: There is More Room for Schools in 2016-2017! 

Due to demand, Heart of Dance will expand Dancing Classrooms to at least 50 classrooms in the Twin Cities or Minnesota for school year 2016-17.  If you are a teacher, principal, or parent who would like to see Dancing Classrooms in your child's school next year, join us May 15 to learn more!  Or contact Ember at
We want to hear from you!

Get Involved with Heart of Dance  
We could not do this without the generous support of individuals and organizations in our community.  Would you like to join Heart of Dance as a classroom sponsor or donor?  Every contribution you make to Heart of Dance, a 501c3 nonprofit, helps more fifth graders experience the social and emotional learning benefits of partner dance.  You will help to transform young lives!  Donate here today!  Heart of Dance also provides speakers for your local service club or group.  Contact Ember at

Do you believe in the transformative power of the arts, and of music and dance in particular? You may be our next team member! Heart of Dance is now accepting applications for Teaching Artists for the 2016-2017 school year! We encourage applications from people of color and multilingual speakers. No dance experience is necessary - we hire for personality and dedication and will train skills. Apply to be a Teaching Artist for 2016-17 here or contact Creative Director Andrea Mirenda at

Are you interested in volunteering to support our Teaching Artists during sessions at participating schools? You don't need to be a dancer to experience the joy of working with our fifth grade students! For more information, contact our Classroom Assistant Coordinator, Dede Ouren at:

Are you able to connect us with interested schools, teachers, donors, and volunteers? Become an Ambassador for Heart of Dance. Use your personal and professional networks to help us be more successful. Please contact Ember to share your connections!

We look forward to sharing this journey with you!
Ember Reichgott Junge | 612-750-1262 |
Andrea Mirenda | 651-283-6799 |