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Geeking Out

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The Geeking Out Basket Raffle is to help raise funds in support of the Dancing Classrooms Chicagoland program and our upcoming DCC Gala in November 2014.

The HSDF helps each school that participates in the program pay for half of the $3500 program cost. We raise this money through events and raffles throughout the year.
Dancing Classrooms Chicagoland
Dancing Classrooms is not about teaching ballroom dancing. The dance is a tool for getting the children to break down social barriers, learn about honor and respect, treat others carefully, improve self-confidence, communicate and cooperate, and accept others even if they are different.

Dancing Classrooms is a 10-week – 20 session social development program for 5th and 8th grade children that u
tilizes ballroom dancing as a vehicle to change the lives of not only the children who participate in the program but also the lives of the teachers and parents who support these children.

Dancing Classrooms uses a curriculum-based teaching approach to achieve social awareness and build self-esteem. Students are taught the vocabulary of various contemporary social dances in a classroom setting. Each class in the series introduces new steps, reinforcing what has been previously learned through practice and repetition.

Our teaching philosophy is one of inside out versus outside in. The program is not just about teaching dance, it’s about teaching pride, confidence and respect. We take the dance that is inherent in students’ bodies and help them to bring it out, not force it in, enabling students to increase their self-esteem as they learn.

DCC is run by the Heart & Sole Dance Foundation, a not- for- profit 501 (c) (3) arts-education organization, formed in 2012, to provide a unique opportunity to build positive change in our local community. Our main focus is reaching children in the Chicagoland and NWI areas with Dancing Classrooms Chicagoland, an in school social development program.

Dancing Classrooms is an internationally recognized social development program for 5th and 8th grade students. The Dancing Classrooms program, started by Pierre Dulaine in 1994. Dancing Classrooms has been the subjects of three films. The film Take the Lead, starring Antonio Banderas as Dulaine, in the popular documentary Mad Hot Ballroom, and the 2014 documentary Dancing in Ja
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Drawing was held on August 5, 2014.
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This raffle is in no way sponsored, endorsed, conducted, setup, controlled by or administered by, or associated with, Raffle River. Participants voluntarily release, waive, discharge and hold harmless Raffle River from any and all claims, demands or causes of action for property damage, bodily injury, wrongful death, loss of services or other claims arising from or relating to participation in the raffle and/or acceptance, possession and use of any prize.