The Colors of the Rainbow Dancing Classrooms ballroom dance countywide competition will be held Sunday, May 15 at 3 pm at the Marathon High School Auditorium. Fifth grade students from across the county, including Glynn Archer, Montessori Elementary Charter, Sugarloaf, Stanley Switlik, Plantation Key and Key Largo Schools, will perform an array of dances for the 2011 championship title. Showcases will be presented by: ACE/KCA high school students, 8th grade Plantation Key students and the ECMC Youth Ballroom Team.
Mr. Rodney Lopez from the documentary Mad Hot Ballroom will be emceeing the event. This research based program is chronicled in the films Mad Hot Ballroom and Take the Lead. Jon Landau Academy Award winner, producer of Titanic and Avatar will be a celebrity guest judge. This program was made possible through the Educational Coalition for Monroe County (ECMC) in collaboration with the American Ballroom Theatre NYC and Monroe County School District, sponsored in part by the ECMC Incredible Fruit Stand, State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Keys Council of the Arts.
Dancing Classrooms began with a pilot program at schools in Marathon in January 2009 and expanded to Upper and Lower Keys schools last spring.
The community is welcome at the Colors of the Rainbow Event! Event admission is $4 for students and $8 for adults. Dancing Classrooms is in need of financial support, to make a donation or for more information please call (305) 743-6215 or visit www.educationalcoalitionmc.org.