by fifth graders at McCutcheon Elementary
Why dance? Just ask these fifth graders who participated in Chicago Public School’s newly launched “Having a Ball” program.
I like ballroom dancing because I made lots of friends and I loved all the dresses and being praised for doing such a good job. Ballroom dancing was a great honor. I loved everything. Zorbari age 11
I love Ballroom because it was cool and it was so so fun. I loved the clothes and it was great to see all the people and I wish that some day we will be famous. I love ballroom dancing. It was great. Jennifer age 11
There are a few reasons why I like ballroom dancing. I really enjoyed it because I got to make new friends. At first, I didn’t even want to be by boys, but once I got used to it, I wanted to come to school every day to practice. I even got to talk on national television. Ballroom is the best thing that happened to me. Diana age 10
The thing I liked about Ballroom Dancing was learning the steps, that was fun. Also, I liked getting to go and compete against other schools and winning a gold and a silver metal. That was a great feeling. I love it, too bad the competition is over. Torkeshea age 12.
I like ballroom dancing because it is fun. It teaches us different dances from around the world. We got to meet new people and go to new places and make new friends. Takira age 11
I like ballroom because it’s fun working with a partner you enjoy. You also have fun when our teacher makes a party afterwards. Michael age 10
I like ballroom dancing because of the food at the parties. I liked the food and I also liked being on stage and dancing in front of millions of people. Jeffrey age 11
I like ballroom dancing because it is fun and it helps me in sports. I was on TV because of it. It was a great thing to go through. Michael A. age 11
I like ballroom because you can learn new dances and learn how to be a proper lady. You also dance with kids in your class or kids in another class that you don’t know. Chanavia age 11
What I like about ballroom is that I got to dance with girls. And I learned that it is fun to learn something new. Sincerely, Denzell age 11
Photos: Linda Ozag