Documentary "Dancing in Jaffa" highlights the power of dance in schools

Several Pierce County schools offer the same program highlighted in the film

Tacoma News TribuneApril 23, 2014 

The documentary film, "Dancing in Jaffa," which tells the story of a dance educator who used ballroom dancing to bring together Israeli Jewish kids and Israeli Palestinian kids, opens in Seattle on Friday.

The film documents the efforts of Pierre Dulaine, four-time ballroom dancing champion and the founder of Dancing Classrooms. The program is used in schools in Puyallup, Tacoma and Buckley.

The film will screen Friday at the Landmark Varsity Theater in Seattle, where Dulaine will join moviegoers for a reception prior to the film and a question-and-answer session afterwards.

Dancing Classrooms aims to cultivate essential life skills in elementary and middle school students through the practice of ballroom dancing. The organization is active in more than 25 cities and in the Puget Sound region, it is provided by Pacific Ballroom Dance, which is based in Auburn.

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