POST BULLETIN (Rochester, MN) - December 2017
The Culminating Event at Riverside Central Elementary School in Rochester, MN allowed the students to show off their moves. Principal Matt Ruzek saw that "It's not just dance, it's social-emotional learning." Read the article.
FOX 47 (Rochester, MN) - December 2017
Fifth graders at Riverside Central and Pinewood Elementary Schools are the first in Rochester to learn ballroom dancing in class. At their Culminating Events, students were able to show off their work for parents and other classmates, performing the Foxtrot, Tango and Rumba. See the news clip.
USA Dance Minnesota Dancer - September 2017
"One Classroom Assistant's Delightful Experience" gives a glimpse of what its like to be in the Dancing Classroom. Not only does Classroom Assistant Leslie Koepke have a "blast", she is able to dance with children, "who are part of our greater community and need the influence of competent, caring adults in their lives." Find out more about Leslie's experience with Dancing Classrooms 5th graders. Read the article.
Minnesota Womens' Press - September 2017
Follow Jovan's transformation through the Dancing Classrooms program. On her first day, Jovan refused to dance with her classmates. By the end of the second class, she was dancing in an elegant dance frame, demonstrating respect and teamwork. . Read the article.
Minnesota Monthly - July 2017
Minnesota Monthly's Give 2017 issue features stories from Harambee Elementary School. Principal Griebel discusses how her students have been able, “to take a risk and try something that is a little bit scary” and overcome their fear through Dancing Classrooms. Read the article.
Minnesota Dancer - July, 2017
Fifth grade student Jose shares his words of wisdom as he reflects on his friendships made and life lessons learned through Dancing Classrooms. Hear more about the Colors of the Rainbow Team Match and Heart of Dance's first annual Dancing with Heart Event. Read the article.
Minnesota Philanthropy Partners - June, 2017
Heart of Dance is proud to have been featured as a "Nonprofit to Know" by Minnesota Philanthropy Partners. See their article featuring Heart of Dance in the MN Sights e-newsletter here. We are grateful for the support of Minnesota Philanthropy Partners through grant partnerships with the F.R. Bigelow Foundation, Mardag Foundation and The Saint Paul Foundation.
Sheer Dance - June 1, 2017
"Life Lessons from Heart of Dance" tells that back story of Sam, his friend Luis, and their experiences at the Spring 2017 Color of the Rainbow Team Match - an amazing display of teamwork, elegance, and respect!
Read the article.
Southwest Journal - May 16, 2017
The students at Windom Dual Immersion School demonstrated new skills in teamwork, elegance, and respect at the Colors of the Rainbow Competition. Two of the gentlemen offered to help a competing team when some of the ladies on the Learning for Leadership team needed a partner. Now that's teamwork! Read the article.
KARE-11 - April 2017
The students at Windom Dual Immersion School in SW Minneapolis got a visit from the KARE-11 crew as they performed for their parents and others in the school community. This is their Culminating Event, the end of the 10-week Dancing Classrooms Residency at their School. Watch the video to the left to get a glimpse of what they have learned!
Minnesota Dancer - March 2017
Julie Jacobson Kendle shares her observations from her perspective as a mom and a Classroom Assistant. She takes her readers on the journey of fifth graders from the first class through the Colors of the Rainbow Team Match including quotes from her daughter as well as some of the teachers. Take the journey! READ ARTICLE
Sheer Dance - February 1, 2017
Inspiring fifth-grade students from ten Twin Cities schools rocked the ballroom with Tango, Swing, Merengue, Rumba and other dances during the Colors of the Rainbow Team Match, the finale for in-school residencies of Dancing Classrooms. "I have never seen him smile so much. He has been trying to teach everyone, including his little sister," said a parent attending the event. READ ARTICLE