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'Dancing Classrooms' Swings Into Fall With Awards and Events.

NEW YORK, Oct. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Pierre Dulaine, Director of the non- profit organization American Ballroom Theater (ABrT), announced the fall season for the company's outreach program of ballroom dance classes in NYC public schools. The recent hit documentary film "Mad Hot Ballroom" was based on this program called "DANCING CLASSROOMS" and featured NYC kids learning ballroom dancing in their schools and competing in the 2004 Grand Final "Colors of the Rainbow Team Match" at the World Financial Center.

"Interest from New York City public schools in our program has increased tremendously for the 2005-2006 school year," said Dulaine. The number of participating schools has increased from 68 to more than 100, and the number of children who will learn American-style ballroom dancing during the 10-week classes has increased from 7,000 to over 11,000, taught by the company's 45 instructors.

Pierre Dulaine and ABrT co-founder, Yvonne Marceau, will be honored on October 11th at a gala event held in NYC by "Americans for the Arts," the country's leading arts advocacy group, with their National Arts Award to celebrate the couple's leadership in arts education. On October 18th, Paramount Classics Pictures will release the DVD of "Mad Hot Ballroom," another notable event for "DANCING CLASSROOMS."

On November 5th, Amy Sewell, producer/writer of "Mad Hot Ballroom," and senior instructors of the company will be honored by "DANCING CLASSROOMS" at the first annual "OTTO Awards" at the Pierre Dulaine Dance Studio. The evening of dancing will raise funds to train new instructors. Other fund- raising activities include the company's annual Benefit Dinner Dance at the University Club (February 15, 2006) that will enable the organization to expand from middle to high schools and to increase participation in the popular Saturday Scholarship classes.

Fans of "DANCING CLASSROOMS" and ballroom dancers everywhere look forward to the 2006 release of "Take the Lead," a major feature film produced by New Line Cinema and starring Antonio Banderas as Pierre Dulaine. The movie portrays a former professional ballroom dancer who volunteers to teach dance in the NYC public school system. When his background clashes with his students' tastes, together they create a completely new style of dance.

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Pierre Dulaine & Yvonne Marceau

CONTACT: Day: Yvonne Marceau, +1-212-244-9442,, or Evening: Kathryn A. Davis, +1-212-496-9363,, both for American Ballroom Theater

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