• Social Emotional Learning & The Magic of Dance Part I
    by Ciera Shimkus on November 16, 2018 at 9:32 pm

    Social Emotional Learning & The Magic of Dance – Part I Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is not just a buzz phrase here at Dancing with Class. In fact SEL is an important intervention that contributes to a person’s cognitive development and mental health from childhood into adulthood. In this 4-part series, we will define Social […] The post Social Emotional Learning & The Magic of Dance Part I appeared first on Dancing With Class. […]

  • Three Ways Dance Can Be a Platform for Teaching Social Skills
    by Colleen Uspensky on July 3, 2018 at 9:56 pm

    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 […] The post Three Ways Dance Can Be a Platform for Teaching Social Skills appeared first on Dancing With Class. […]

  • Understanding Trauma-Informed Dance Education
    by Colleen Uspensky on July 3, 2018 at 9:48 pm

    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 […] The post Understanding Trauma-Informed Dance Education appeared first on Dancing With Class. […]

  • DwC Teaching Artist Spotlight: Miss Itza Riedas
    by Colleen Uspensky on July 3, 2018 at 9:44 pm

    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 […] The post DwC Teaching Artist Spotlight: Miss Itza Riedas appeared first on Dancing With Class. […]

  • Catalyst Circle Rock Youth Social Dancers: Brian and Vonn
    by Colleen Uspensky on July 3, 2018 at 9:40 pm

    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 […] The post Catalyst Circle Rock Youth Social Dancers: Brian and Vonn appeared first on Dancing With Class. […]

  • Fourth Graders Reflect on Dance in School
    by Margot Toppen on May 21, 2018 at 4:33 pm

    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 […] The post Fourth Graders Reflect on Dance in School appeared first on Dancing With Class. […]

  • Jewel Makes Her Choreographic Debut
    by Margot Toppen on May 15, 2018 at 8:52 pm

    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, […] The post Jewel Makes Her Choreographic Debut appeared first on Dancing With Class. […]

  • Students Take the Spotlight at Edwards Elementary
    by Colleen Uspensky on March 14, 2018 at 10:13 pm

    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 […] The post Students Take the Spotlight at Edwards Elementary appeared first on Dancing With Class. […]

  • Catalyst Circle Rock Ballroom Dancers: Camya and Corey
    by Colleen Uspensky on December 18, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    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 […] The post Catalyst Circle Rock Ballroom Dancers: Camya and Corey appeared first on Dancing With Class. […]

  • Miss Denita talks about what it means to teach the DwC All-Stars
    by Colleen Uspensky on December 13, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    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 […] The post Miss Denita talks about what it means to teach the DwC All-Stars appeared first on Dancing With Class. […]

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