Dance academy

Dance Academy Relaunches at Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning –

Dance hallsa non-profit organization that cultivates essential life skills in youth through the practice of social dancing, collaborates with Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning (JCAL) in October to relaunch his beloved Dancing Classrooms Academy.

The academy is a free weekly after-school ballroom and social dance class for New York City students in grades 6-8. Classes will take place on Wednesdays from 3:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. from October 12 until May 2023.

This is an opportunity for students to immerse themselves in dances such as merengue, foxtrot, rumba, tango, swing, waltz, salsa and more, while delving deeper into the stories cultures and developments in social dances around the world.

Under the guidance of a senior teaching artist Akemi Kinukawa, students will perfect couple dance techniques; expand their repertoire; improve their social and leadership skills; and forge meaningful connections with other young dance enthusiasts across the city.

With the Core Residency Program, the proven program made famous in “Crazy hot ballroom“, the academy has been the cornerstone of Dancing Classrooms’ work since 1999, serving thousands of NYC middle and high school students who credit it with helping them develop life skills and interpersonal friendships. -schools they maintain as adults.

Due to COVID-related disruptions, the program had to be discontinued in 2021. The company saw this hiatus as an opportunity to restructure the program with accessibility and equity in mind. With dozens of longtime school partners located in Queens with students who could benefit from the program if it was closer to home than in a downtown Manhattan studio, they decided to restart at JCAL, a trusted institutional ally in the borough. Registration will be free.

“Dancing Classrooms is thrilled to welcome the Academy to JCAL for young people in Queens who have been bitten by the dance bug – whether through our school programs or otherwise,” said Nancy Kleaver, Executive Director of Dancing Classrooms. “Still recovering from the aftermath of the pandemic, opportunities like this to reconnect with other young people and get moving in fun and meaningful ways are so crucial to their well-being. The skills and relationships young people develop through social dancing can carry them through college, into their careers and into adulthood.

JCAL Executive Director Leonard Jacobs said the center is delighted that Dancing Classrooms has chosen to bring its unique and distinctive program to the arts institution.

“We are constantly moved – and impressed – by social dancing which is connected to cultural history and, equally important, to the broader values ​​of equity and inclusion that are central to our mission,” said Jacobs. .

The Academy @ JCAL pilot program is funded by grants from the Ellis L. Phillips Foundation and American dance movement.

Click on here to apply to Dancing Classrooms Academy by Friday, October 7. Limited places are available.