In the 2005 documentary Mad Hot Ballroom, New York City school children mastered the rumba, fox trot and tango through a unique in-classroom program. MCHR now partners with Pierre Dulaine’s American Ballroom Theater’s Dancing Classrooms program, and the 4th, 5th, and 8th graders are learning the same dance steps featured in the famous movie.
Twice a week, professional dance instructors teach students the intricate steps of merengue, tango, salsa, foxtrot, rumba and swing. The class develops the participants’ communication, cooperation, and team-building skills while increasing their self-confidence. In addition, cross-cultural studies of music, language, and art are integrated into the Dancing Classrooms curriculum.
All students in the program have the opportunity to advance to a citywide competition. In 2011, the students of MCHR won first place at the final competition held at the World Financial Center. Read more about this exciting accomplishment here.