Dancing Classrooms Inc.

Creating Connections, Inspiring Confidence

New York City, NY   |  www.dancingclassrooms.org

Mission

Dancing Classrooms' mission is to cultivate essential life skills in children through the joyful art and practice of social dance. Our vision is schools and communities where every child is connected, respected and given an environment in which to thrive. Through standards based, in-school residencies, we use the vocabulary of ballroom dance to cultivate the positive feelings that are inherent in every child. The maturity necessary to dance together fosters respect, teamwork, confidence and a sense of joy and accomplishment, which we hope to bring to every child. Ballroom dance is the medium we use to nurture these qualities.

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Links to our annual reports and 990s are on our website: http://www.dancingclassrooms.com/Page/GetInvolvedDonate/

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Ruling year info

1985

Executive Director

Ms. Nancy Kleaver

Deputy Director

Eve Wolff

Main address

1350 Avenue of the Americas 2nd Floor

New York City, NY 10019 USA

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Formerly known as

American Ballroom Theater Company, Inc

EIN

22-2542960

NTEE code info

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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Our programs

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Dancing Classrooms Core Program

Dancing Classrooms' Core Program is a 10 week, 20 session in-school residency for grades 5-8 led by one of our professional Teaching Artists. Students learn basic steps and patterns in six social dances and develop teamwork, communication and respect through an age-appropriate curriculum that incorporates history, geography and literacy skills. Culminating events showcase the skills of the students and bring together the entire school community for a celebration of social dancing.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Working with schools and Community Based Organizations, Dancing Classrooms offers after school lessons in social dance, both partnered-and non to children of all ages and abilities.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
Adolescents
Children
Preteens
Families

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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Dancing Classrooms aims to increase it's presence in schools in all of our sites. We will continue to strengthen our program in the areas of social emotional learning as well as physical fitness and will be developing a "gender neutral" curriculum which will allow for students to experience both roles in a dance team. We continue to develop ways to increase the effectiveness of our Core Program and work to bring the benefits of social dancing to the school community, strengthening the bonds between adults, caregivers and children.

The Dancing Classrooms Board and Executive Leadership will be embarking on a new strategic planning process in 2020. The Board and Directors seek to expand the National Network and develop partnerships with New York City community arts organizations to broaden our current program offerings. With a focus on development, organizational capacity, and program diversification, Dancing Classrooms will continue to grow the quality learning experiences we have offered students for the past 25 years.

Dancing Classrooms continues to leverage Board and staff expertise and seek out partnerships that help us advance our mission. Thanks to a dedicated staff (many of whom have been with the organization for over 10 years), we have a strong and replicable program with a proven track record and stellar reputation for delivering consistent results. Our Teaching Artists are highly trained (40 hours) in the Dulaine Method, which provides consistent, quality instruction across all schools.

In 25 yrs of program existence, we have reached over 200,000 students in NYC, employed over 300 Teaching Artists nationwide, and grown from our home base in NYC to over 25 sites nationally and internationally. Our program has been the subject of 2 critically acclaimed documentary films ("Mad Hot Ballroom" (2005); "Dancing in Jaffa") (2013); and one feature film ("Take the Lead" (2006) starring Antonio Banderas as DC founder Pierre Dulaine).

In the future we strive to increase the amount of time students spend in our residencies by developing a Middle School program, create an effective professional development product for classroom teachers, and increase the number of meaningful family engagement opportunities.

How we listen

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Dancing Classrooms Inc.

Board of directors
as of 10/21/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Carrie Shea Steinmetz

Non Profit Volunteer/Competitive Ballroom Dancer

Term: 2019 -

Harry Chung

Pierre Dulaine

Dancing Classrooms

Hilary Wolf Bayer

BlueWolf Promotions

Jeannie Egas-Trouveroy

Junior League of NYC

John Entwistle

Executive Leasing, Inc

Sheila Hoerle

Yvonne Marceau

Dancing Classrooms

Sari Roboff

Hudson Chesapeake

Patricia Koyce

Gary Tessitore

Polyair Inter Pack Inc.

Patrice Tanaka

Joyful Planet LLC

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

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