East School fifth-graders demonstrate dances

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Fifth-graders at East School in Long Beach danced the night away on March 9, when they showcased the classic choreography learned through the Dancing Classrooms of Long Island program. East culminated this dance residency program with its annual Spring Fling showcase, attended by students’ family members, teachers and friends.

Dancing Classrooms provides ballroom dancing lessons that cultivate mutual respect, teamwork, collaboration and self-esteem. Students spent 10 weeks practicing and perfecting Tango, Foxtrot, Rumba, Swing, Merengue and Waltz choreography, and presented these steps and skills in teams and with partners. Students also shared readings that described the history and cultural significance of each dance.

Students worked with Dancing Classrooms Teaching Artist Katie de Bruin and Buddy Teaching Artist Martin Rebello, as well as their teachers.
“This culminating event is a true representation of teamwork,” said East School Principal Kathleen Connolly.

She and Ms. De Bruin explained that the experience taught students resilience, dedication, poise and the art of dancing.