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New Jersey's Dancing With The Stars

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Newark, New Jersey (My9NJ) - Students from some of the toughest neighborhoods in New Jersey were transformed into elegant princes and princesses of the ballroom at the NJ Performing Arts Center in Newark thanks to a new dancing program offered in some local public schools.

Kids from different schools across the Garden State teamed up to compete for the ultimate dance trophy in front of family and friends.

Giselle Hernandez and Harol Campucano of Union City, New Jersey said they learned so much from ballroom dancing.

“I feel like boys respect me because usually in school boys are just there saying ‘hi’ and ‘bye’, but here we get to practice together, laugh and all that and I just love it,” Hernandez explained.

“Actually it teaches me how to be elegant, how to be graceful for them and how to think about each other and like be in new friendships,” Campucano shared.

The 11 year-olds both feel that dancing teaches them about discipline and offers them an opportunity to express their feelings.

New Jersey public schools can opt to purchase this program which would then make the lessons free for their students. In most situations ballroom dance lessons costs thousands of dollars.


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