The program is not as simple as it sounds. The students, together with the teachers, are going through a fascinating social process. Where speech is usually used, instead kids are taught to express themselves through dance. It teaches them new and different social and cultural code which they will carry for the rest of their lives.
Dancing Classrooms is a program to bring dance to school kids. Miri Shahaf Levi, the former general director of the Netanya Cultural Center, knocked on Pierre Dulaine's, ballroom dancing world champion and the founder of Dancing Classrooms, door and asked him, “How can I bring your wonderful program to the children of Israel?”
Six years later Pierre Dulaine arrived in Jaffa, his birth city, to fulfill his dream of bringing the children of Israel an educational and social program that uses ballroom dancing.
Dancing Classrooms suggests the creation of new school culture which is based on several principles: respecting authority, respecting other competitors, team work and breaking barriers, respecting order, rhythm, and norms, feeling of belonging (school team spirit), politeness, reconciliation, self-confidence and Elegance
The program is active in six elementary schools: Rabin, Begin, Shazar, Nordau, Itamar, Neomi Shemer. 16 classes total (600 students).
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