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Mad Hot Akron

By John Published: January 28, 2011

Here's a video that goes with a story I'm writing about two dozen Akron fifth graders competing Saturday at 4 p.m. in a ballroom dance competition at Cuyahoga Community College.

 The students from Leggett and Crouse elementary schools have been participating in the Dancing Classrooms Northeast Ohio program, which teaches social development skills through ballroom dance.

The program began in New York City 16 years ago and inspired the movies Mad Hot Ballroom (2005) and Take the Lead (2006). It's spread now to Northeast Ohio. Here's 11-year-old Kassidy Bernard and Elijah Young of Crouse elementary describing what the program is about and what they learned. I attended their rehearsal on Wednesday.

Video by Akron Beacon Journal education reporter John Higgins

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