The Fine Arts program at St. Rose of Lima Catholic School includes lessons in art, music, dance and theater. This year fifth-grade students received a ten-week lesson in Ballroom Dance through a partnership with Dancing with the Students – a program founded by Susan Martinelli Shea, who is a great friend to Saint Rose of Lima.
Through the Dancing with the Students program, students paired up to learn Merengue, Foxtrot, Rhumba, Tango and Swing. Over the course of the ten-week program, fifth-graders received ballroom dancing lessons twice a week from dance instructors specially trained for the program. At the end of the instruction period, the students performed for their school, parents and community.
Students also has the opportunity to explore different aspects of ballroom performance such as custom design and formal wear. They even wrote poetry and journals expressing how they felt about what they were learning. In addition to learning about the fine art of Ballroom Dance, students built confidence and learned the invaluable lesson of teamwork!
About Dancing with the Students
Founded in 2005, Dancing with the Students, a 501 c3 non-profit organization, offers ballroom dancing classes to students, teachers and parents in low socio-economic areas. Dancing with the Students develops positive self-esteem, proper manners and respect for others, while creating an atmosphere of confidence and fun.