Pierre Dulaine Takes the Lead

Pictured above:  Pierre Dulaine and Antonio Banderras

I was inspired by the movie  ‘Take the Lead’ starring Antonio Banderras who depicted well-known ballroom dancer and dance instructor Pierre Dulaine – who invented the Dulaine method of teaching dance.

It was in 1994 that Pierre volunteered to teach a dance class at a school on West 48th Street in Manhattan.  He did this to  help New York City youth regain a sense of self-respect, elegance and pride.  Dulaine, was already a successful dance instructor with may accolades to his name such as the 1977,1978,1979 and 1882 British Exhibition Championships, to name but a few.

Dulaine’s intention was to give something back to the youth and more importantly a tool they could use to build their self-esteem, self-respect, dignity, pride and most importantly of all – a vision for a better future for themselves.

When interviewed about why he offerred to do this as this was not something he was being paid for, he answered  “Because I was successful and I did what I wanted to do.  I had a lot of fun, a lot of friends and Iwanted to give something back.  I enjoy that.  I find pleaseure in seeing people blossoming and getting out of problems through something that I love very much- which is dancing”.

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