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North Middle’s “Dancing Classrooms”

North Middle School’s eighth-graders participated in the “Dancing Classrooms” arts-in-education curriculum that culminated in a gala evening performance in the school gym. The 10-week, 14-hour program integrates physical education, music, and character education. Students learned self-confidence, respect for others, social awareness, and cooperative teamwork. They also gained an appreciation of cultural diversity through the variety of dances taught, including foxtrot, merengue, rumba, salsa, swing, tango, and waltz.

In addition, students journaled their dance experiences. Several read their journal entries at the evening event that was attended by parents, family members, faculty, and administrators.

Professional dancing classrooms teachers instructed the students in conjunction with North Middle physical education teachers Mitch Braun (department head), Sherri Beaudoin, Carlos Mendoza, and Kristin Randazzo.

Dancing classrooms was introduced in the district by David Zawatson, district director of physical education, recreation, and athletics, through a pilot program at South Middle School in 2011. It now flourishes at both middle schools. This year’s programs were funded through support from the Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) Grant, which the district received in September.