Fifth-grade students across Lee County have begun ballroom dancing lessons in their classrooms as part of the Dancing Classrooms program, a national program that utilizes ballroom dancing as a vehicle to build social awareness, confidence and self-esteem through the practice of social dance.
In its seventh year, the program is administered locally by The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools and funded by Miromar Outlets. Students from seven Title I schools participate in 10 weeks, or 20 lessons, of training from certified dance instructors and show their skills at exhibitions at Miromar Outlets.
The final ballroom dancing competition, called "Colors of the Rainbow," will be held April 12 at 4:30 p.m. at Miromar Design Center. Participating schools are Bonita Springs Elementary, Colonial Elementary, Edgewood Academy, J. Colin English Elementary, Lehigh Acres Elementary, Tortuga Preserve Elementary and Spring Creek Elementary.
The 2013 Colors of the Rainbow Culminating Event at Miromar Design Center.
The program was brought to the foundation in 2008 by Margaret Antonier, founder and chief executive officer of Miromar Development. Since its inception, the program has grown from five schools reaching 325 students in its first year, to seven schools with 28 classes for a total of 595 students. To date, more than 6,000 students have participated in Dancing Classrooms.
An exhibition showcasing students from Edgewood Academy, Lehigh and Spring Creek Elementary Schools will take place today, Feb. 22, at 11:30 a.m. at the Miromar Outlets.