Long Beach Students Earn Silver in Ballroom Dance Competition

Schools and Libraries

May 8, 2014

A team of Long Beach students from East Elementary School earned a silver award at the Dancing Classrooms Colors of the Rainbow Team Match, held at Sachem North High School on April 27. Team members were fifth graders Stella Ambroise, Anna Ast, Maura Conway, Jack Gannon, Dylan Goldstein, Deanna Guerrero, Anaya Johnson, Kevin Lopez, Jossmarc Oliva, Matthias Roth and Ryan Tuffy. Students prepared for the competition under the supervision of fifth-grade teacher Christine LaMarca, music teacher Christina Reime and teacher-in-charge, Sharon Weiss.   

Dancing Classrooms is an innovative character education program that encourages students to cultivate mutual respect, collaboration and self-esteem through ballroom dancing. In the process, students also learn to do a mean tango, foxtrot and waltz. Earlier in the year, the entire fifth grade at East School completed ten weeks of classes through a Dancing Classrooms residency. The festival gave these students the opportunity to come together with other Nassau and Suffolk school communities in a display of elegance, partnership and civility that paid tribute to the invaluable life lessons the participants have acquired through Dancing Classrooms. 

The team selection process was threefold: a combination of student, teaching artist and classroom teacher nominations. Students were nominated based on their ability to demonstrate the Dancing Classrooms values of honor, respect, acceptance and self-confidence, as well as a passion for social dance.