Brooklyn Park Sun Post - December 8, 2016

Reporter Kevin Miller visited Athlos Leadership Academy's Culminating Event and learned about how Dancing Classroom goes beyond teaching dance steps. “When instructors show the students mutual respect and step out of their comfort zones, students also step out of their comfort zones and take more risks" and "It's amazing to watch the transition," Jessica Smith, a Heart of Dance Teaching Artist said. READ ARTICLE

Chantel Sings KMOJ Radio 89.9 - November 29, 2016

On November 29, 2016 Chantel Sings talked to Ember Reichgott Junge as well as Nell Collier and Charvez Russell from Friendship Academy of the Arts about Heart of Dance and Friendship's distinction as a national Blue Ribbon School. 



Minnesota Dancer - July 2016

Check out this article written by a parent of one of the Harambee Elementary School students in our spring 2016 semester of Dancing Classrooms. She describes the whole semester experience, saying "I could see her growing in confidence with her new found skills, and watched her maturing right before my eyes....  Thinking back to the beginning, I could see that my child had been transformed from a somewhat sulky, can’t take my headphones off preteen, to a vibrant and engaged young adult." That's the Dancing Classrooms experience!  READ ARTICLE

TV Show "Almanac" - May 13, 2016

Representatives from 4 schools (Harambee Elementary, Academia Cesar Chavez, Stonebridge IB World School, and Cherokee Elementary) danced on the TV show "Almanac" on TPT2 on Friday, May 13, 2016!


Twin Cities Live - May 12, 2016

In preparation for the Colors of the Rainbow Team Match on Sunday, May 15, 2016, four students from Harambee Elementary School in Maplewood, MN  performed on Twin Cities Live on May 12, 2016! Watch them perform at the 3 minute mark.

WATCH THEM PERFORM at the 3 minute mark


My Talk 107.1 - May 2016

Kaleb Nelson from Harambee Elementary School got to talk with Lori and Julia on their radio show on My Talk 107.1.  Here he is with hosts Lori and Julia, along with Andrea Mirenda, co-founder of Heart of Dance. 

John Williams WCCO Radio 830 - May 9, 2016

On May 9, 2016, John Williams talked to Ember Reichgott Junge and Andrea Mirenda about how "Heart of Dance" is bringing ballroom dancing into the classroom and how the students grow during their dancing semester.

Sheer Dance - May 2016

Rebecca and Eliecer Ramirez were judges at the December 2015 Colors of the Rainbow Team Match and Eliecer visited a Dancing Classroom as a Dancing Pro Buddy during the Spring 2016 semester. Read about their impressions of the program - in the May 2016 issue of Sheer Dance . READ ARTICLE

Sheer Dance - April 2016

Read Sidney Pudwell's experience with Dancing Classrooms at Four Seasons Elementary School in St Paul - in the April 2016 issue of Sheer Dance. READ ARTICLE

The Atlantic - January 2016

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

Sheer Dance - January 2016

Check out the fall residency wrap up --- complete with pictures from our first-ever Colors of the Rainbow inter-school team match on December 13 --- in the January 2016 issue of Sheer Dance. READ ARTICLE

Minnesota Dancer - January 2016

Our fall residency students share the fears and triumphs they experienced during their Dancing Classrooms journey in the January 2016 issue of Minnesota Dancer (pages 20-23). READ ARTICLE