Northeast Ohio College Preparatory School Demonstrates the Power of the Arts in Urban Schools through Their Ballroom Dancing Event

Thursday, November 21, 2013 11:59:00 AM


Northeast Ohio College Preparatory School Demonstrates the Power of the Arts in Urban Schools through Their Ballroom Dancing Event
I CAN SCHOOLS is inviting local media to join our fifth grade students at Northeast Ohio College Preparatory School (NEO) for a ballroom dancing event celebrating the culmination of their Dancing Classrooms program.
Who: NEO has partnered with the non-profit program Dancing Classrooms to provide ballroom dance as medium for scholars to build social awareness, confidence, and self-esteem. NEO is an urban campus and its student population is classified as “high poverty” by the Ohio Department of Education.
What: Fifth-grade scholars at NEO will present their ballroom dancing skills as they mark the end of their 10-week ballroom dancing & social development program with Dancing Classrooms. Dance styles will include the merengue, foxtrot, rumba, tango, swing, and some unique curriculum pieces.
Where: Northeast Ohio College Preparatory School –2357 Tremont Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44113
When: Friday, November 22, 2013 at 12:30pm
Why: The constant debate concerning the importance of the arts in schools is a hot topic across the nation with particularly interesting implications for urban schools. In Cleveland, the Dancing Classrooms program is a unique solution to the arts problem: it is integrated into the school day as part of the required academic curriculum and consciously emphasizes social development goals. Audiences are interested in seeing the success of fine arts in action, and will be intrigued to see that ballroom dancing—an activity traditionally associated with high income—has made a tremendous impact on low-income students in urban schools.
Media Info/Visuals: Campus administrators, teachers, parents, and representatives from the Dancing Classrooms program will be on hand for interviews. The Dancing Classroom Culminating Event, where fifth grade students present their ballroom dancing skills, will provide extensive opportunity for high-energy, exciting photographs and videos at both locations for all media representatives.
Contact Information:
Linda Peavy, Director of Communications
Company Information: I CAN SCHOOLS is a non-profit charter school management organization created by passionate, successful educators and teachers. The mission of I CAN SCHOOLS is to prepare students for a college preparatory high school that ensures acceptance and graduation from a four year college and/or university.
I CAN SCHOOLS performance statistics include:
  • After three years of attending I CAN SCHOOLS programs, 100% of the students are performing at or above grade level.
  • 100% of ICS eighth grade graduates have entered a college preparatory high school.
  • I CAN SCHOOLS students outperform their peers in public school districts on achievement tests.
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