ERIC Number: EJ762959
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
High School Organizes Takeoff on "Dancing with the Stars"
Curriculum Review, v46 n8 p6 Apr 2007
The students at Newburgh Free Academy (NFA), a high school located in Newburgh, New York, organized their own "Dancing with the Teachers" contest in an effort to raise scholarship funds. Their creativity paid off. More than 850 tickets were sold at $5 each to attend this evening of entertainment, contributing more than $4,000 to educational scholarships. The program, based on the popular TV show "Dancing with the Stars," paired students with teachers. The twist: the students served as the "professional dancers" and the teachers assumed the role of "student." In this case, instead of just "pairs," partnerships ranged from two performers to 16. All faculty members and any high school students taking dance classes at NFA could agree to participate in the competition. During the performance, two teachers and one student shared their creative talents with the audience through commentary and antics, similar to that found on "American Idol." They also served as the judges. Performances included belly dancing, salsa, hip hop, disco, jazz, waltz, interpretive, modern, soft shoe and swing. The judges picked the winners based on the difficulty level involved in learning the dance, synchronicity and creativity.
Descriptors: Difficulty Level, Scholarships, Music, Faculty, Dance, Creativity, High School Students, Secondary School Teachers, Fund Raising, Popular Culture
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: New York