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What if someone told you that all it takes to teach kids a whole host of crucial life skills is a little…ballroom dancing? Tatiana Lingos-Webb has spent years getting 10-year-olds to tango with their classmates, and her work reinforces the growing consensus that social and emotional intelligence plays a major role in children’s academic outcomes and life success. She argues that if you want to change a school, engage a classroom, and turn out gritty, socially mature, high-achieving students, you should spend some time “teaching to the steps” instead of just “teaching to the test”.

Tatiana Lingos-Webb is the founder of Dancing Classrooms New England, a social and emotional learning program for 5th graders that brings mandatory lessons in ballroom dance to public school classrooms.


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Tatiana Lingos-Webb

Tatiana Lingos-Webb

Tatiana Lingos-Webb began her work in education while taking a break from Wall Street to spend time as a professional trapeze artist. Through her background as a dancer and aerialist, she was recruited to join Dancing Classrooms, a social & emotional learning program for 5th graders that brings mandatory lessons in ballroom dance to inner city classrooms. Since 2006 she has taught the program’s syllabus in dozens of New York City schools, primarily in the Bronx and Brooklyn. She returned to her native Boston in 2009 to pursue an MBA at Babson College and found Dancing Classrooms in the New England area.