Students from Helen Hefferan Elementary School, 4409 West Wilcox, and Charles Evans Hughes Elementary School, 4247 West 15th Street, competed in the semi-finals of the Ballroom Dance championships at Little Village High School. Although neither school’s dance teams won, the students had a ball!
The competition culminated a 20-week program involving 5th grade students in 15 elementary schools across the city. The popular program has expanded with the assistance of a 3-year U.S. Department of Education Carol M. White Physical Education grant. The rigorous curriculum focuses on the International Style of ballroom dance, which is taught worldwide, and includes lessons in history, culture, geography, health, nutrition, and character education. Principals and teachers agree that the program is extremely popular with students, who work hard to be chosen for the performance teams.
Participants are required to learn and perform the Cha Cha, Waltz, Paso Doble, Tango, and Jive. Students agree the Waltz is the hardest dance. They like the Cha Cha and the Jive.