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Toronto Catholic District School Board

Ballroom Dancing Competition
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Toronto Catholic students danced the fox trot, tango, merengue and swing in a ballroom dance competition hosted by St. Helen Catholic School on June 16th.  Competitors from this City-wide program include teams from All Saints, St. Fidelis and St. Helen Catholic Schools.
Students from All Saints, Our Lady of Lourdes, Our Lady of Victory, St. Fidelis, and St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Elementary Schools will go on to compete in the Dancing Classrooms Ontario “Colours of the Rainbow Team Match on June 17th at the Palais Royale Ballroom. 
The “Dancing Classrooms” program was first launched in the Toronto Catholic District School Board in 2007 and is for students in Grades 4, 5 and 6.It teaches students the basics in ballroom dancing and, by using a curriculum-based teaching approach, students achieve social awareness and build self-esteem.    This year, six Toronto Catholic Schools took part in the program.
The competition is the culmination of the 10-week program, which originated in New York City.  It was first developed by Pierre Dulaine, a ballroom dancer. The Toronto program was launched by Ilsa Abraham, a social worker, and the late Bob Rutherford, retired teacher and vice principal.
Teachers, parents and students observe the progress the young dancers undergo, not only in development of their natural rhythm and dancing skills, but also the effect it has on social skills, self-esteem and the development of discipline.
Congratulations to first place winner St. Thomas Aquinas and second place winner St. Fidelis.