Mission: Our mission is to build social awareness, confidence and self-esteem in children through the practice of social dance.
Programs: During the 2014-2015 school year, dancing classrooms northeast ohio (dcneo) served 78 classrooms (1,872 students) throughout cuyahoga, summit and stark counties. Dcneo's project goals are centered on improving the educational experience of all students involved in a dancing classrooms residency. We intend that our program will foster maturity and respect among participating students and produce tangible progress in their lives, including:- increased school attendance- decreased dropout rates- increased social skills and self-confidence- improved overall academic performancean additional benefit of the dcneo program is improved behavior: as we teach the students to be ladies and gentlemen, that standard is carried over into their daily classroom activity, improving their behavior and increasing academic productivity. Improved student behavior and classroom productivity can help to decrease teacher turnover rates in schools, while increased attendance rates can in turn lead to improved graduation rates. As students learn to carry themselves as ladies and gentlemen, they learn appropriate and necessary behaviors and life skills that will help them throughout their educations and during crucial times such as job interviews.
Dancing Classrooms Northeast Ohio is a social development program that uses ballroom dance as a tool to get children to break down social barriers, build self-confidence, and learn to work together as a team. I have seen the incredible impact this program has had on the children in our communities and am moved to tears, even after being involved for nearly four years, watching the transformation the children of the program go through. When they first start Dancing Classrooms, they don't want to dance, and they especially don't want to dance with each other, but by the end of the 20-session residency, their confidence has skyrocketed, they feel better about themselves, they have made new friends and learned how to treat each other with kindness and respect, and they are proud of their accomplishments. It's truly an amazing program to be a part of.