Much of the arts subjects schools offer these days are considered secondary, meaning, they are not funded by the government, rather by the school and the parents.

Nine years ago Larry and Gloria Weinstein pioneered the Best Foot Forward Dance Festival Competition. On June 3, 2017, at the El Camino Charter High School, in Los Angeles County, the ninth annual dance festival competition took place.

 The competition logo

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 Photo: April 18, 2009, Gloria and Larry Weinstein, the founder of the dance programs for elementary school students

After Larry and Gloria watched the movie ‘Mad Hot Ballroom’ the couple decided to create a USA West Coast dance program for 4th and 5th grade public school students. In 2006 their dream came true when they launched the Best Foot Forward Program. What began at six west Fernando Valley schools has now grown to eighteen schools throughout the Valley.



 Junior Navy Officers at the opening ceremony


With all of the growing pains, Larry and Gloria have had their heart and soul in Best Foot Forward. Larry has passed away over three years ago and is greatly missed.

But the kids who partake in the program will forever make the Weinstein couple proud.  And Gloria still keeps on making sure that all goes well to the very last detail.

4th and 5th grade students from ten elementary schools participated today in the end of year competition and danced the Marengue, Tango, Foxtrot, Disco, Salsa and Swing. They were nothing but a delight. It was much fun, rather emotional and very exciting to see these young students perform ballroom dances. It was not ‘Dancing With The Stars’, rather, dancing as stars. Some danced so well they have shown a budding talent as future professional dancers.


 The dancers

 The Dancers

 The Dancers

 The Dancers

 The Dancers

 The Dancers


Each school has a dance instructor who, throughout the year, in after school activity and beyond expectation dedication teaches the young to dance and along with it, discipline, communication, social interaction, rhythm, coordination, creativity, physical exercise, learn to have a competitive edge, all while having much fun.

Not everyone won but as the dance instructor teaches his students, “your winning best may not have shown up today, but it is there and it will show up one day, sooner or later.” Meaning, work harder, try harder and you will get to win, you will reach your goal. What a way to teach the young to form a strong and determine character.

As far as it is known there is no other such program in California or in the United States. If that is the case, it should become a national dance fever. Every state should emulate this program.

It is not easy to keep such spectacular and precious program going. It certainly can do with greater support and much more financial contribution, as well as volunteers’ work. Put your Best Foot Forward and help.

For the future of our country.

 The participants at the school's sports arena



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