Dancing Communities general public
Learning ballroom dancing together in a fun and accessible way
Encountering others through ballroom dancing
Dancing Communities, a program based on ballroom dancing, was born of the method developed by Pierre Dulaine whose life inspired the movie “Take the lead ” with Antonio Banderas.
Dancing Communities is more than ballroom dancing, it is an opportunity to meet your neighbors and members of your community in an open, welcoming, caring and cheerful atmosphere to the rhythm of merengue, rumba, fox- trot, tango and swing. It is a space that promotes integration and a sense of belonging to the community.
Dancing Communities is open to all, to more experienced dancers and to those who dance for the first time, to those who come alone or with a partner, to those who are confident and those who are afraid, to those who want to meet new people and to those who come with their friends. Dancing Communities is open to anyone and adapts to the needs of each participant.
« An environment full of kindness and humor. I would have never encountered the people I met there, outside this context. This is very beneficial for our neighborhood. »
The Dancing Communities program is now present in Geneva. It takes place in modules of 8 sessions (1h15 each) over 2 months with a session per week. Ballroom dances from Cuba, Dominican Republic, Argentina, United States and Europe are taught: merengue, foxtrot, rumba, tango, swing, waltz.
Il n’est pas nécessaire de venir avec un partenaire.
It is not necessary to come with a partner.
Throughout the year we intervene at events open to everyone (parties in community centers, la Fête de la Danse, festivals organized by various non-profit organizations).
« Dancing was an opportunity to bring together people from different backgrounds. It created a very rich and strong exchange. It encouraged our ability not to judge others. It is the participation that was important. I take back with me the joy of sharing something with someone. »
The implementation of the program, the communication and the supervision are provided by Dance with me.
Our teachers – Teaching Artists – are trained by a Senior Teaching Artist who has been trained by Pierre Dulaine, creator of the program, and authorized by the American Ballroom Theatre. The Teaching Artists follow an ongoing training and supervision to ensure the quality of the program. The Teaching Artist is accompanied by a Coordinator who is responsible for the support of the participants, the overall organization and the liaison with the various associations and institutional partners.
« I am isolated and I am afraid of people. The first session I panicked. Gradually, I felt closer to others, accepted and even appreciated. In the end, I felt fine. I was very excited to go and I enrolled for the following module. It has unlocked something in me. I felt useful, there was life. I overcame the fear of not being able to learn and I learned to accept that I may be wrong. When we made mistakes, we laughed. »
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Some testimonials of the participants to our program Dancing Communities open to the general public