"I really think the confidence, the ability to have to work with other kids that you might normally not have been able to, or exposed to...and the fact that you have to learn skills to talk to a girl or talk to a boy...I think it's great!"
—Yelena Patish, 6th grade teacher PS 180 Harlem, NY
"I've seen the middle school kids from 6th grade on advance so much [in the BALLROOM BASIX program] I love it!"
"We had BALLROOM BASIX at our school for the first time in Spring 2010. Some of our middle school kids are pretty tough, so it amazed me how Mr. Sid's inclusive, non-competitive approach to partner dancing reached each student so powerfully. We look forward to continuing this tradition in the years ahead, as parents were thrilled with the kids' dancing at graduation...amazing!"
"One of my students who was very shy...all of a sudden started movin' and shakin' and it was like a different student came out! There was light in her eyes, and a smile, and the students even looked at her differently than they do in the classroom environment. And it was kind of her way of expressing herself, and I thought it was a great thing for her! That's just one example of many students that have had that experience."
"I think it's a well-rounded experience. It gives them exposure, it gives them movement, and I think it also helps them academically."