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DWTS Bracelets Now On Sale!

DWTS Bracelets are now available for purchase. They come in shades of red, white and blue, and all bracelets feature a beautiful charm of two dancers.

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Dancing With the Students is always looking for teachers and other volunteers.

Our Mission

Dancing with the Students , a 501 c3 non-profit organization, offers ballroom dancing classes to students, teachers, and parents in low socio-economic areas.
Dancing with the Students develops positive self-esteem, proper manners, and respect for others, while creating an atmosphere of confidence and fun.

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Our History

In 2005, Susan Martinelli Shea decided to start a ballroom dancing program in Philadelphia. Being a special education teacher, she knew nothing about ballroom dancing! Sue went to the Arthur Murray Dance Studio, armed with a folder of research on children and dancing. There, she met Samantha Bellomo, an Arthur Murray dance teacher/manager/choreographer as well as a Barrymore Award nominee. A friendship and a partnership blossomed. Sue and Sam share the common goals of teaching respect, manners and dance, while enjoying exercise and a lot of fun.

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“My favorite memory at La Salle Academy is Ballroom Dancing. Ballroom dancing lets you how off your personality through dancing. My favorite dance is the Tango. I must really like it because I won Best Tango twice!”

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About Us

Dancing With The Students has developed into a non-profit organization that offers ballroom dance instruction to students in grades five through nine..

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Our Teachers

Dancing With the Students wouldn’t be the success it is without the many professionals who have volunteered their time…

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Dancing Queens

Dancing Queens are a critical part of the Dancing with the Students program. These volunteers become partners with the students. When a student’s partner is absent…

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See our students as they learn their craft, participate in competitions, dance at special events (like Philadelphia 76ers games!) and more…

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