Harambee Elementary School
“We are a community that is learning together,” says Principal Kathryn Griebel about her school, Harambee Elementary. “We create an environment where it’s okay to take risks and be vulnerable. And Dancing Classrooms is a good metaphor for what we’re trying to do.”
Harambee Elementary is a small, year-round magnet school located in Maplewood. Serving grades Pre-K through 6, it attracts families from Roseville, Saint Paul, and surrounding suburbs. Harambee will participate in its second Dancing Classrooms residency this spring, and its students and staff are already looking forward to the experience. READ ARTICLE
The benefits of the Dancing Classrooms program were recognized in The Atlantic (Jan 22, 2016 )! The article, titled "Learning Empathy through Dance", cites a survey of LA school principals where 66 percent reported an “increased acceptance of others” among their student bodies and 81 percent of students said they treated others with more respect following the program. In NYC, the survey results showed that 95 percent of teachers reported their students improved cooperative and collaborative skills; researchers observed 95 percent of students demonstrating cooperative skills. READ ARTICLE
Any school can bring Dancing Classrooms to their students! Each classroom residency costs $4,000, but the school only pays half of that cost, or $2,000 per classroom. Heart of Dance funds the balance. Don’t let cost deter you! We have developed fundraising resource materials for schools and our experienced development staff is happy to support schools with their fundraising efforts if they don’t have funds available in their budget for their portion of the program cost. To date, our Minnesota school partners have had good success in raising their portion of the costs. The residency is offered at no cost to participating students.
This unique arts education residency cultivates essential life skills through the practice of social dance while utilizing a highly developed, CASEL (Coalition for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning) recommended social and emotional learning (SEL) curriculum to create an environment in which each child is connected, respected, and allowed to thrive.
And our integrated curriculum makes it easy for educators to bring new life and add perspective to standard educational subjects including: reading, writing, math, social studies, geography, music, physical education, and visual arts.
Administrators and teachers at schools that have adopted Dancing Classrooms report their entire school cultures are positively impacted through the mutual respect, courtesy, and cross-cultural understanding emphasized in the program.
Student Demographics in Dancing Classrooms
2015-2017 (5 semesters)
Total Schools - 31
Total Classrooms - 126
Total Students - 3,066
70% are on free/reduced lunch - 2,144
37% African American - 1,129
13% Asian - 386
24% Caucasian - 741
1% First Nations - 16
19% Hispanic - 603
6% Two or more races - 191
Bring Dancing Classrooms to your students next school year!
We are working with schools interested in offering the program to their students spring 2018 semester. We are happy to meet with school representatives at their convenience. Please contact us if you would like to bring Dancing Classrooms to your students or if you can connect us with a school that may be interested in bringing this proven and effective program to their fifth or eighth graders!
We're growing! Fall 2017 is our biggest semester ever as we expand into Duluth and Rochester. Additionally, we will now be teaching eighth graders. Thank you for your confidence in our program!
- Athlos Leadership Academy
- Excell Academy for Higher Learning
- FAIR School
- Field School
- Four Seasons A+ Elementary
- Friendship Academy of the Arts
- LIFE Prep School
- Linwood Monroe Arts Plus
- LoveWorks Academy for Visual & Performing Arts
- Northport Elementary School
- Pilgrim Lutheran School
- Seven Hills Preparatory Academy
- Stonebridge World School
- The Heights Community School
See our Greater Minnesota Page for our participating schools in Duluth and Rochester.
Congratulations to our School Partners for successfully completing their residency! We look forward to working with you again.
- Academia Cesar Chavez
- Benjamin E Mays IB World School
- Cherokee Heights Elementary
- Harambee Elementary School
- Jackson Preparatory
- Learning for Leadership Charter School
- Maternity of Mary--Saint Andrew
- Mississippi Creative Arts Magnet
- Odyssey Academy
- Partnership Academy
- St. Paul City School
- Saint Paul Music Academy
- Paul & Sheila Wellstone Elementary
- Windom Dual Immersion School