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USA DANCE PGH Youth Program PerformanceUSA DANCE PGH Youth Program Performance
The sixth graders at Dickson Elementary School, Woodland Hills School District put on their Ballroom Dancing Shoes
Sixth grade teacher, Emily Beitler, approached USA Dance Pittsburgh Gretchen Brocks in September 2013 with an interest in the USA Dance Youth Program. Allison Kline, Principal of Dickson Elementary School, was also interested. "Could Woodland Hills be the first school district in Pittsburgh to form a partnership with USA Dance?"
Mrs. Brocks presented the possibility of a volunteer dance program for the sixth graders at Dickson Elementary School to the board members and Janet Smith, along with Mary Ann Gaser, responded "Yes! Lets get started!"
Under the direction of Amanda Wolf, professional dance teacher at Absolute Ballroom, Janet Smith and Mary Ann Gaser recruited USA Dance 7 member volunteers to begin a 12 week course of dance instruction. Sixth grade teachers Emily Beitler and Nicole King learned to dance the Merengue, Rumba and Hustle. Mrs. King said, "The Students are so excited. They love to practice!" Not only have the students learned the proper steps to these dances, they have researched the history of the dances. In addition they have watched the Movie "Mad Hot Ballroom" for inspiration. But best of all they have gained a deeper understanding of utilizing appropriate social skills in regards to: respect, teamwork, leadership, adherence to rules, and etiquette. This has been a very unique opportunity and rewarding experience for the 6th grade students at Dickson Elementary.
Dickson Elementary has also formed partnerships with Candalina Brides, Koda Bridal, and Men's Wearhouse. Candalina Brides, located in Swissvale, and Koda Bridal, located in Mt. Lebanon have donated all of the gowns that the young ladies will be wearing on the night of the showcase event. Men's Wearhouse has donated all of the tuxedos for the young men to wear.
Please join us as USA Dance Pittsburgh at Dickson Elementary School
May 2, 2014 7:00 p.m.
Dickson Elementary School,
7301 Schoyer Avenue,
Swissvale PA 15218