Dancing Into First Place

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Twelve fifth-graders from Shaw Avenue Elementary School proudly represented their school and Valley Stream District 30 by earning first place in the Dancing Classrooms of Long Island “Spring Colors of the Rainbow Team Match and Festival.” Shaw Avenue was among seven Nassau and Suffolk elementary schools and 84 fourth- and fifth-grade students who participated in the competition on May 1 at George W. Hewlett High School. The students received a large gold trophy and individual medallions for their achievement. 

Students who took part in the ten-week, 20 lesson residency program, “Dancing Classrooms: Creating Connections. Inspiring Confidence,” during the winter of the 2017-18 school year, were invited to put their dancing skills to test during the event which was a community celebration of the students’ accomplishments. Each school was represented with a color as students danced with partners and were judged on dances such as the Merengue, Tango, Foxtrot, Rumba and more. Shaw Avenue teachers Karin Savino and Lauren Rosenthal helped the students prepare for the event. 

“It is an amazing feeling as students worked so hard over these past four months to perfect each dance,” said Principal Alejandro Rivera. “Their excitement and dedication to becoming the best dancers they could be helped them as they competed against students from other schools. This is a well-deserved honor. A big thank you goes to the fifth-grade teachers, the families of each student, and obviously the students themselves! We are ready to put on our dancing shoes again next year!”