ive Fort Worth ISD elementary ballroom dance teams are advancing to the North Texas finals competition next spring after earning gold recently in the Fall 2019 Colors of the Rainbow Semifinal.
The ballroom dance competition, hosted December 3 at FWISD’s Southwest High School by nonprofit Dancing Classrooms of North Texas, featured 18 District fifth-grade teams. Each team of 12 students showed off their mastery in merengue, foxtrot, rumba, tango, jitterbug and waltz.
The five teams finishing with gold and advancing to the finals next May are M.L. Philips, Dolores Huerta, the Leadership Academy at Como, Greenbriar and S.S. Dillow elementary schools.
Finishing with silver medals were M.H. Moore, W.M. Green, Bonnie Brae, A.M. Pate, Springdale and Sam Rosen elementary schools.
Bronze medal winners included J.T. Stevens, Charles Nash, Milton L. Kirkpatrick, Waverly Park, Versia Williams, Washington Heights and Rufino Mendoza elementary schools.
Approximately 20 other FWISD elementary schools will compete in the spring semifinal next May for the chance at advancing to finals.
Students participate in a 10-week program in a physical education setting that teaches various contemporary social dances as well as manners, respect for others and teamwork. The 10-week program culminates with Colors of the Rainbow semifinals and finals competitions in which students audition to represent their home campus. Since 2006, Dancing Classrooms of North Texas has been implemented in fifth and eighth grade classrooms in seven school districts in Tarrant and Dallas counties. It currently serves more than 100 schools and more than 50,000 students.