Take your partners, please, for the waltz, tango and fox trot.
Nimble-toed students put on the glitz, fine-tuned their finesse and transformed the auditorium of Public School 38 into a mini-Roseland during a citywide ballroom dance competition presented by Dancing Classrooms.
The smooth steppers, hailing from participating Brooklyn schools, engaged a rapt audience with their suave moves and fancy feet as they twirled in pairs with pomp for the quarterfinals of the Fall Colors of the Rainbow Team Match hosted by the Boerum Hill school, 450 Pacific Street.
“The children may forget the steps but they won’t forget the lesson,” says Pierre Dulaine, founder of the not-for-profit arts-in-education program launched in 1994 by the American Ballroom Theater Company program to create a comfortable structure for students, and to provide guidelines on social interaction and respect for one another.
The winners, who will represent their schools at the semi-finals in Manhattan, were: Pink Team, Public School 116, 515 Knickerbocker Avenue; Emerald Team, UFT Charter School, 800 Van Siclen Avenue; and Orange Team, Public School 107K, 1301 8th Avenue.
The finals will be held at the Winter Garden in the World Financial Center next June.