Photo courtesy of Selina Ayala-Patlan

Photo courtesy of Selina Ayala-Patlan


Student dancers make the grade  

Fifth-graders from Santa Monica – Malibu School District elementary schools danced the tango, merengue, fox trot, salsa and swing during the inaugural Ballroom Madness Competition last Friday at Santa Monica High School’s Barnum Hall.

Students at each of the district’s elementary campuses studied dance for 10 weeks, the classes funded by the Los Angeles County Arts for All and the Santa Monica – Malibu Education Foundation.

The top five boys and five girls from each school entered the competition. First place went to Franklin Elementary School, second place to Edison Language Academy and third place to McKinley Elementary School.

“This program exemplifies our commitment to a comprehensive visual and performing arts program for all of our students,” Superintendent Sandra Lyon said. “We are so proud of all of our students for their dedication this semester.”