Phillips K-5 dancers earn honors
Pittsburgh Phillips K-5 fifth graders earned gold and bronze medals in the Dancing Classroom Pittsburgh Color of the Rainbow dance competition.
Pittsburgh Phillips K-5 fifth graders received a gold medal during Dancing Classroom Pittsburgh Color of the Rainbow Semi-Finals on Saturday, May 10 after competing in ballroom dancing with eight other elementary schools, including Pittsburgh Banksville, Pittsburgh Brookline and Pittsburgh Concord.
The following week they competed in the final competition with nine other schools, including Pittsburgh Brookline, Pittsburgh Carmalt and Pittsburgh West Liberty. They received a bronze medal for their efforts.
Phillips has been involved with Dancing Classrooms since its inception in Pittsburgh five years ago. This year, all of the fifth grade students at Phillips began taking dance lessons in January.
Twice a week for 10 weeks, students learn the following dances: Merengue, Foxtrot, Rumba, Tango and Swing. During the lessons, the teaching artists and classroom teachers are observing students, not only their dancing skills but also their willingness to work as team members who help and support their fellow students during the lessons and throughout their days at school.
Six couples are chosen to represent the school.
Although many of the students are not comfortable dancing at the beginning of the lessons, the lessons are taught in a way that allows the students to become more comfortable and confident in their interactions with their classmates. Those who are asked to participate in the competition take their roles seriously and know they are representing their classmates.
More information about Dancing Classrooms - Pittsburgh can be found at http://www.dancingclassroomspittsburgh.com.