What are educators saying?
Dancing Classrooms cultivates essential life skills through the practice of social dance while utilizing a highly developed, CASEL (Coalition for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning) certified Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum to create an environment in which each child is connected, respected, and thriving.
According to a 2011 study, Social Emotional Learning (SEL) instruction increases academic achievement scores by an average of 11 percentile points. In a recent follow-up article, CASEL noted "SEL participants later demonstrated a 6% increase in high school graduation rates, and an 11% increase in college graduation rates."
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 alike report their school cultures are positively impacted through the mutual respect, courtesy, and cross-cultural understanding emphasized in the Dancing Classrooms residency.
“I believe that participating in Dancing Classrooms will yield positive, long-term effects for my students. For some, this program has ignited a love of social dance that will stay with them their entire lives. For others, the ability to try something new, persist through discomfort, and get to a successful conclusion will transfer to new experiences. It was lovely to see students grow in confidence and encourage each other. Some of our quietest students were shining stars on the dance floor.”
— Elementary School Principal
“I have the opportunity to see and measure growth from an outside perspective. Dancing Classrooms is wonderful for our kids and I've seen positive improvement socially and academically.”
— School Counselor, Learning for Leadership Charter School