Dance academy

Dancing Classrooms relaunches social dance academy

Dance halls will collaborate with Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning (JCAL) in Queens in October to relaunch its beloved “Dancing Classrooms Academy” – free weekly social and ballroom dancing classes for New York City students in grades 6-8.

The Academy is an opportunity for students to immerse themselves in Merengue, Fox Trot, Rumba, Tango, Swing, Waltz, Salsa, and more – and delve deep into cultural histories and evolutions social dances from around the world. Under the guidance of a senior teaching artist Akemi Kinukawa, students will hone partner dance techniques, expand their repertoire, improve social and leadership skills, and forge meaningful connections with other young dance enthusiasts across the city. They will have the opportunity to work with guest artists and participate in at least two performances throughout the year. Classes will take place on Wednesdays from 3:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. from October 12, 2022, until May 2023. Click here to apply before Friday, October 7, 2022. Limited slots are available.

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 New York City middle and high school students who credit it with helping them develop life skills and friendships. inter-schools they maintain into adulthood.Due to Covid disruptions, the program had to be discontinued in 2021. The company saw the hiatus as an opportunity to restructure the program with accessibility in mind and equity. With dozens of long-time partner schools located in Queens with students who could benefit from the program if it was closer to home than in a midtown Manhattan studio, they decided to start over at JCAL, a trusted institutional ally in the borough. Registration will be free.

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

In a statement, Dancing Classrooms Executive Director Nancy Kleaver said: “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 through our school programs or others.In the aftermath of the pandemic, opportunities like this to reconnect with other young people and get around in fun and meaningful ways are so crucial to their well-being. adulthood.”

Added Executive Director of JCAL Leonard Jacobs“We are delighted that Dancing Classrooms has chosen to bring its unique and distinctive program to our institution. equity and inclusion that are at the heart of our mission.”