From Arthur Murray International; a letter from Pierre Dulaine
Pierre Dulaine is a champion ballroom dancer, a former Arthur Murray instructor, and a contributor in dance documentaries and movies. This letter is about his program he began in Palestine, “Dancing Classrooms,” and the documentary about his experience that has been made.
“Dancing in Jaffa came about because I was fulfilling a life-long dream to give the gift of dance to the children Jaffa. In the spring of 2011, I took my program Dancing Classrooms, back to the city of my birth, Jaffa. Over a ten-week period, I employed my method (the Dulaine Method) and all my strength and taught 10-year-old Palestinian and Israeli children to dance together and compete together. (It was the hardest I have ever undertaken and yet, by the end of the course, the most satisfying). The film explores the complex stories of three different children, who are forced to confront issues of identity, segregation, and racial prejudice, as they dance with their enemy. The classroom becomes a microcosm of the Middle East’s struggle to work together harmoniously while still caught in the politics of the region and race. With my guidance, the children, who live uneasily side-by-side, learn to dance together and trust one another. Dancing in Jaffa offers an up-close-and-personal perspective of how the future might unfold if the art of movement and dance could triumph over the politics of history and geography. Although the film take place in Jaffa, all of the themes and conflicts deal with universal issues.
I know it will seem as though I am biased, but I truly believe this film should be seen by everyone… everyone that is interested in being at peace with one another.”