Ballroom At School
Bringing the Joy of Dance To Youth: From Cha Cha to Waltz
DanceSport Alberta's Ballroom at School program is a program for Calgary schoolchildren ages 10 to 14 that aims to introduce youth to the joys of ballroom dance, build their confidence, and break down social barriers.
Ballroom dance is a great way to teach children cooperation and communication skills while still having fun and learning to dance along the way!
Ballroom at School is not about teaching ballroom dancing. Dance is a tool for getting the children to break down social barriers, learn about honour and respect, treat others carefully, improve self-confidence, communicate and cooperate, and accept others even if they are different.
Ballroom at School is a 4-week, 8-session social development program for children from grades 5 to 8 that utilizes ballroom dancing as a vehicle to change the lives of not only the children who participate in the program but also the lives of the teachers and parents who support these children.
Ballroom at School's professional instructors use a teaching approach to achieve social awareness and build self-esteem. Each class in the series introduces new steps, reinforcing what has been previously learned through practice and repetition.
Our teaching philosophy is one of inside out versus outside in. The program is not just about teaching dance, it’s about teaching pride, confidence and respect. We take the dance that is inherent in students’ bodies and help them to bring it out, not force it in, enabling students to increase their self-esteem as they learn.
(the above passages are adapted from a similar program called Dancing Classrooms Greater Seattle)
About DanceSport Alberta (DSAB)
DanceSport Alberta is an Alberta Society and registered charity that promotes ballroom dancing for all ages across Alberta. Founded in 1986, we run two competitions each year, in Calgary and Edmonton. We are the regional body for the World DanceSport Federation, which governs the sport of ballroom dancing worldwide. DSAB is run entirely by volunteers for no personal remuneration.
About our Instructors
Our instructors are independent professionals who partner with DSAB to provide instruction to your students. They are passionate about dancing, and teach dancing to students of many ages on a professional level. By keeping the class light and briskly paced, they get kids learning the technique of dance while they are still having fun.
Encouraging Young Talents
All students regardless of interest or talent benefit from the Ballroom at School program, but some kids may want even more. The most promising or enthusiastic students may receive bursaries for further lessons at a dance studio. Past DSAB members have gone on to great competitive success at the Canadian and World Championships.
Sample Program Schedule
On the first day of classes, one of our amateur couples (aged 16+) comes to see your class to do a performance in full costume! This gets your kids excited about dance and gives them a goal to strive for as they follow the instructions.
On subsequent days, children are given progressive instruction in various ballroom dances, including Rumba, Cha Cha, Waltz, Foxtrot, and more.
DSAB's program is available to all Calgary Board of Education elementary schools. If you'd like to see the program at your school, contact the school's principal!
For more information contact the DSAB Ballroom at School Coordinator, Michael Currie, at firstname.lastname@example.org.