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Three Ways Dance Can Be a Platform for Teaching Social Skills

Tue, 03 Jul 2018

Not too long ago, I  found a note while picking up some leftover scraps of paper in my second grade classroom.  On this note, a student terminated a friendship with another student through crayon. Does this sound familiar? If it does, then you are not alone. Now, more than ever, empathy and social skills can […]

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Understanding Trauma-Informed Dance Education

Tue, 03 Jul 2018

Present day times show us that traumatic responses to the world around us are prominent. Now more than ever, people are being more open about how the past, and present, external influences affect their internal well being. Through Trauma-Informed  care, people are becoming more aware of how violence, aggression, abuse, and neglect can impact us […]

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DwC Teaching Artist Spotlight: Miss Itza Riedas

Tue, 03 Jul 2018

We are excited to announce our Summer DwC Teaching Artist Spotlight: Miss Itza Riedas!   Miss Itza has been bringing a great amount of joy and energy to her students at Dawes Elementary, as well as many other schools, for over 4 years.  See below for her perspective on her residency at Dawes! I have been […]

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Catalyst Circle Rock Youth Social Dancers: Brian and Vonn

Tue, 03 Jul 2018

Today we are excited to highlight two more of our youth social dancers from Catalyst Circle Rock.  Meet Brian and Vonn, two students who spent the past school year studying ballroom, Latin and swing dance.  Check out their interview below! Brian-  Youth Social Dancer What do you like about dancing? I like dancing because dancing […]

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Fourth Graders Reflect on Dance in School

Mon, 21 May 2018

This year, a group of 4th-6th graders at Chicago’s Gunsaulus Scholastic Academy took the Dancing with Class core program journey, spending 10 weeks learning different styles of partner dance and then traveling to a Dance-Off event for a friendly competition with other schools. The program is designed to support Social Emotional Learning (SEL) goals and […]

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Jewel Makes Her Choreographic Debut

Tue, 15 May 2018

Jewel Baker is a high school sophomore who we first met when she was a fifth grader at Poe Classical School. She represented Poe at one of our city-wide Dance-Off events and was nominated to join our scholarship program, the DwC All-Stars. Since then, she has been one of our most reliable and dedicated dancers, […]

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Students Take the Spotlight at Edwards Elementary

Wed, 14 Mar 2018

Richard Edwards Elementary is a Dual Language Fine and Performing Arts IB School that Dancing with Class has had the pleasure of partnering with for many years. It’s a right of passage for all 5th graders at Edwards to spend 10 weeks learning ballroom dance. In addition to sending a team of dancers to represent Edwards in our city-wide […]

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Catalyst Circle Rock Ballroom Dancers: Camya and Corey

Mon, 18 Dec 2017

Dancing with Class decided to follow one of our amazing partners, Catalyst Circle Rock, for the 2017/18 school year.  Catalyst is a huge supporter of social dance and we wanted to highlight the star dancers in their DwC program.  First up we celebrate Camya and Corey!   Camya – 6th Grade Dancer  One thing I […]

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Miss Denita talks about what it means to teach the DwC All-Stars

Wed, 13 Dec 2017

Denita Inez, the Director of Outreach, talks below about what it means lead the DwC All-Stars. “I joined Dancing With Class 7 years ago. I have always wanted to work with an organization that taught dance to young people because I knew the power of social dance.  The past years of working with the DwC […]

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Find out what being a DwC All-Star means to a CPS student!

Thu, 07 Dec 2017

Hello my name is Eli, (pictured with her is fellow All-Star Elliot) and this is my second year in the Dancing with Class All-Stars program.  Being an All-Star really changed my summer because before my summers were boring.   If we didn’t go out with the family, I didn’t go out at all.   Dancing with Class […]

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