September 23, 2020 Breaking News, Latest News, and Videos

SMMUSD Fifth-Grade Students Dance Hearts Out At Ballroom Madness Comp:

Fifth-grade students from each of the 11 Santa Monica-Malibu elementary schools danced their hearts out, with their peers, parents, teachers and principals cheering, at the first-ever Ballroom Madness Competition on Friday, Dec. 19.

After 10 weeks of lessons learning the merengue, waltz, swing, fox trot, salsa and tango, the top five boys and five girls from each school competed against each other at the nearly packed Barnum Hall at Santa Monica High School.

“This program exemplifies our commitment to a comprehensive visual and performing arts program for all of our students, as provided by our Vision for Student Success goals,” said Superintendent Sandra Lyon. “Watching our fifth-graders learn and perform such intricate and beautiful dances is a wonderful experience, not only for them, but for our community. We are so proud of all of our students for their dedication this semester.”

The event was funded by the Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation and a $21,400 grant from the Los Angeles County Arts for All program. Dancers were judged on a point system, with the top teams awarded first-, second- and third-place trophies. First place went Franklin Elementary School, second place went to Edison Language Academy, and third place was awarded to McKinley Elementary School.

While this is the first year the program is active District-wide, Ballroom Madness, under the leadership of Executive Director Danny Ponickly, has worked with Santa Monica-Malibu fifth-graders for five years.

Ballroom Madness is a nonprofit organization founded to provide a dynamic dance program to develop creative potential while setting a foundation of respect, teamwork, confidence and a sense of accomplishment in fifth- and sixth-graders.

in News
Related Posts

Risks Posed by Wildfire Smoke

September 22, 2020

September 22, 2020

UCLA pulmonologist on how people can tell if the wildfires are making them sick By Toi Creel Even if you...

Will Los Angeles County See Another Spike in COVID-19 Cases?

September 22, 2020

September 22, 2020

County health officials keeping close eye on data this week By Sam Catanzaro Los Angeles County health officials are monitoring...

Edify TV: Santa Monica Fire Department Fighting Blazes Across State

September 21, 2020

September 21, 2020

The Santa Monica Fire Department has been busy helping combat wildfires burning throughout the state. Learn more in this video...

Lawmakers and Residents Take Steps Towards Police Reform

September 21, 2020

September 21, 2020

Santa Monica residents will soon have more control of policing after local lawmakers took significant steps to reform the Santa...

2020 Census Due September 30th: Santa Monica Beat – September, 21, 2020

September 21, 2020

September 21, 2020

Local news and culture in under 5 minutes. * 2020 Census Due September 30th * Bobcat Fire Reaches Historical Size...

UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica Offers Free “Living With Diabetes” Zoom Patient Conference

September 21, 2020

September 21, 2020

By Staff Writer Although the novel coronavirus has dominated the health space this year, other diseases — like diabetes —...

SMa.r.t. Column: Spending and Pension Policies Are Undermining Our City’s Future

September 21, 2020

September 21, 2020

Our guest columnist this week is Marc L. Verville. He is a native of Santa Monica, now lives in Sunset...

4.6 Quake Felt in Santa Monica

September 19, 2020

September 19, 2020

4.6 magnitude quake recorded Friday night By Sam Catanzaro A 4.6 magnitude earthquake struck the San Gabriel Valley Friday sending...

Edify TV: Miramar Santa Monica Redevelopment

September 18, 2020

September 18, 2020

The Santa Monica skyline may look different in the future with a major redevelopment of the Fairmont Miramar Hotel &...

‘Fresh Prince Of Bel Air’ Mansion For Rent On AirBnb

September 18, 2020

September 18, 2020

Today on Westside Cribz, 30th anniversary of “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air” Airbnb is renting out the mansion for...

SMMUSD Kindergarten Enrollment Down 20% : Santa Monica Beat – September, 17, 2020

September 17, 2020

September 17, 2020

Local news and culture in under 5 minutes. * SMMUSD Kindergarten Enrollment Down 20% * As Covid-19 Cases Drop Will...

Edify TV: Sit-down Dining Safety?

September 17, 2020

September 17, 2020

Despite a recent CDC report stating the risks of in-person dining, many Westside restaurant patrons feel the experience is safe....

Sur La Table Closing Santa Monica Location

September 16, 2020

September 16, 2020

1930s building listed for lease By Sam Catanzaro Sur La Table, the popular kitchenware retail chain, is closing its downtown...

Death by Suicide at Santa Monica Place

September 16, 2020

September 16, 2020

Man dies by suicide Wednesday morning By Sam Catanzaro A man died by suicide at Santa Monica Place mall Wednesday....

Santa Monica Partners With Local Elementary Schools to Provide More Outdoor Spaces

September 16, 2020

September 16, 2020

Playground Partnership agreement goes live By Toi Creel The City of Santa Monica and local schools are working together to...