Watch as Pittsburgh fifth graders merengue, foxtrot and rumba their way to the gold

Nine teams practiced for ten weeks leading up to Saturday’s competition at Taylor Allderdice High School.

Pittsburgh fifth grade students dance the tango.

Pittsburgh fifth grade students dance the tango.

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Pittsburgh fifth graders from nine schools made ballroom dancing look easy Saturday as they competed in the semi-annual “Colors of the Rainbow” competition on the Taylor Allderdice High School stage.

Seven teams from Pittsburgh Public Schools and two Extra Mile schools from the Hill District and Wilkinsburg practiced the merengue, foxtrot, rumba, tango and swing for 10 weeks leading up to the competition.

Students learned the dances through playful phrases like “away she goes” and “starburst.” And they’re encouraged to “shake their pockets.”