By December 13, 2013 Read More →

An elegant day at school in Morgantown

Photos by Bob Gay  Students in Brookhaven Elementary fifth-grade class 502 perform the Merengue during Dancing Classrooms on Thursday.

Photos by Bob Gay
Students in Brookhaven Elementary fifth-grade class 502 perform the Merengue during Dancing Classrooms on Thursday.

Dancing Classrooms teacher Bill Duff (left) looks on as Emma Seanor and Daniel Arthurs demonstrate the Foxtrot.

Dancing Classrooms teacher Bill Duff (left) looks on as Emma Seanor and Daniel Arthurs demonstrate the Foxtrot.

By Ben Conley

The Dominion Post

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Reading, writing and arithmetic gave way to foxtrot, rumba and swing Thursday at Brookhaven Elementary.

About 80 fifth-grade students capped a 10-week Dancing Classrooms program with a performance for schoolmates and family.

Last year, Brookhaven’s fifth-graders became the first kids in West Virginia to boogie by the blackboard when the school was selected to host a pilot program through Dancing Classrooms of the Alleghenies.

The program first launched in 1994 in New York City as a not-for-profit project of the American Ballroom Theater Co.

According to Brookhaven Assistant Principal Sheri Petitte, Thursday went “very, very well.”

“It was well attended by family, friends and fellow students.” Petitte said. “They really did a wonderful job…”

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