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Dancing Classrooms Block Party
April 20 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
An event every day that begins at 6:00pm, repeating indefinitely
Celebrate for a good cause with live entertainment, dancing, drinks and appetizers between Ford’s Garage and Naples Flatbread Kitchen & Bar. Proceeds benefit the Foundation for Lee County Public Schools Dancing Classrooms program for 5th graders.
Dancing Classrooms is a 10-week social development program for fifth grade children using ballroom dancing to build social awareness, confidence and self-esteem through the practice of social dancing. The program is a proven vehicle which changes the lives of not only the children who participate in the program, but also the lives of the teachers and parents who support them.
The Dancing Classrooms program was brought to Florida for the first time in 2007 by Margaret Antonier, CEO and President of Miromar Development. It is administered locally by The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools and sponsored by Miromar Outlets.
Dancing Classrooms was founded in 1994 by renowned ballroom dance champion and instructor Pierre Dulaine as a project of the American Ballroom Theater.
Based on a holistic approach to build confidence and team work, stretch creative skills and support academic excellence, Dancing Classrooms uses the rich and varied vocabularies of social dance to increase cooperation, improve concentration and explore areas of commonality, understanding and cultural awareness.
Since its inception, the program has more than doubled as it grew from five schools reaching 325 students in its first year, to eight schools reaching more than 900 students in 2017 – 2018.
The program’s success was the inspiration for the award-winning documentary “Mad Hot Ballroom,” the movie “Take The Lead” starring Antonio Banderas as Pierre Dulaine, and the film “Dancing in Jaffa,” which documents Pierre’s experience bringing the Dancing Classrooms program to his hometown.