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 The 50's party was a blast. I won the limbo contest! Think I got gipped on the swing dance contents though. Thanks so much!

 I loved this party. Thank you so much!

  The Parent's Party was so much fun! I have never seen my dad dance like that! Maybe that's a good thing...

I have never done the waltz before. It was a little wierd but extremely fun once I got the hang of it. I tried it with my parents when I got home!

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Manners "What Your Child Should Know"

Article: Today's Family Vol1. Issue 11 September, 2000

Manners "What Your Child Should Know"
By Tammy Hutchinson

Think about it: some people just naturally command respect and are perceived as responsible. They're the ones whose company you most enjoy--you like to be in their corner of the room at a social gathering, on their team at work or play. Children are no different. They gravitate toward other children who are pleasant to be with, who look and act in pleasing, inoffensive ways. You can give your child this invaluable advantage as he/she moves through the challenging developmental years. Common sense good manners--the art of doing what makes good sense with others in mind--can help your child to be the one others want to spend time with, be on a team with, and even sit next to at lunchtime.

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They're Having A Ball


MARCH 12, 2001 VOL. 157 NO. 10

They're Having A Ball
Ballroom dancing--the waltz, the merengue, swing--is not only O.K., it's downright hot with kids

Cool ... Really great! ... Fun! ... Funny ... Nice ... So good ...

These are definitely not the adjectives most parents today would use to describe the formal dance classes they attended as children. But they are the very words Grade 4 students at P.S. 127 in the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn, N.Y., used last month to describe the first ballroom-dance class held at their school. In less than 45 minutes, these 9- and 10-year-olds had learned to dance the merengue, the first of 10 dances they would attempt in a 20-class session. Their dance teacher, Pierre Dulaine, is the artistic director of American Ballroom Theater, a dance company that has introduced ballroom dances to theaters around the world and also has an outreach program, Dancing Classrooms, that instructs almost 3,500 children each week in 37 New York schools. Dulaine treated his young dancers with great respect, addressing them as ladies and gentlemen. He and his talented teaching-artist, Victoria Malvagno, also joked their way through the class, banishing any anxiety the children might have felt about performing or touching a member of the opposite sex. While some of the children resembled little wooden soldiers, they all smiled and laughed as they learned their steps.

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Manners in Motion

What do you get when you cross Miss Manners with Ricky Martin? Definitely not your grandmother's cotillion.

Rock forward two, back two, forward two, back two, stomp stomp, kick turn..."

Some 50 pairs of eyes fixed on her every move, Tammy Hutchinson sings out her steps as she eases through the Electric Slide, with hips swaying, toes tapping, and heads bobbing, youngsters mouth her instructions and prepare to take the floor. It's a Tuesday night in Alpharetta, and these teens are learning how to party -- properly.

"Parents tell me, 'I grew up with these kinds of classes,' " says Tammy, director of this 15-year-old Cotillion. "They'll say, 'We remember this 90-year-old lady who banged her cane in time with the music.' But we want the kids to say we're the fun cotillion."


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