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The ARTery

The ARTery Mission

Our mission is to build social awareness, confidence and self-esteem in children through the practice of social dance.

Through standards based, in school residencies, we use the vocabulary of ballroom dance to cultivate the positive feelings that are inherent in every child. The maturity necessary to dance together fosters teamwork, confidence and a sense of joy and accomplishment. Ballroom dance is an ideal medium for nurturing these qualities.

History of the ARTery

The ARTery is a non-profit arts-education organization formed in 2005 to make the arts more accessible. The organization runs the program Dancing Classrooms, featured in the movie, Mad Hot Ballroom and Take the Lead.

The ARTery is dedicated to using the arts to break down cultural barriers, improve critical thinking and communication skills, empower individuals and strengthen the community.

The ARTery brought Dancing Classrooms to Omaha in the spring of 2006, starting with for schools. The program was an instant hit with kids, parents and teachers. The ARTery added four more schools the following semester bringing the number of schools to eight. In 2007 it was in 17 schools and in 2008 the program was in 22 schools, including four middle schools, reaching over 1000 students in Omaha.