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Pierre Dulaine

Pierre Dulaine, the Internationally acclaimed ballroom champion who introduced ballroom dancing to New York City's public schools, a process which was immortalized in the film “Take The Lead” starring Antonio Banderas. He created the program Dancing Classrooms which started with 30 kids in 1994 and has since impacted over 350,000 children. Pierre, who was born in Jaffa, recently returned to his homeland for the first time to fulfill his lifelong dream of teaching Jewish and Palestinian children to dance together. Bringing the communities together and teaching mutual respect is the focus of the new documentary “Dancing in Jaffa” which will be released by IFC Films on April 11th in NY and April 14th in LA. Pierre takes a break from dancing to jump “On The Couch”.

What do you consider to be your best asset?

My personality & ability to speak several languages.

What was your proudest moment?

Seeing the Jewish and Palestinian children actually 'dancing together.'

What is your favorite drink?

Kir Royale and Diet Coke – not together.

What is your favorite food?

Bagels & Cream Cheese.

What is your favorite condiment?

Apricot Jam.

What is your current obsession?

Sharing the benefits of Dancing Classrooms globally.

If you could give up one of your vices, what would it be?


What is the one professional accomplishment you long for most?

Have Dancing Classrooms reach every school, every city and in every country.

What is the one thing you waste too much money on?

I do not waste money…I am very frugal.

What is the one activity you waste too much time doing?

Worrying, I suppose.

What do you consider to be the single greatest threat to your health?

I have none.

What is the single best trait you inherited or learned from your parents?


What is the single worst trait you inherited or learned from your parents?

Hoarding and keeping things.

What in the world most thrills you?

The smile on children faces when they realize they can dance.

What current trend in popular culture most irritates you?
Vulgarity in films.

What was the single most embarrassing moment you've ever experienced on the job?

Having a 'black-out' moment while dancing at the Budokan Hall in Tokyo doing a live TV show.

What is your favorite place in the world?

Amman and Petra in Jordan.

What is the most important trait you seek in a romantic partner?

Kindness and understanding.

Do you prefer the company of dogs or cats?


What would have to happen to make today the best day of your life?

Having Dancing in Jaffa recognized internationally as a good and worthy film.

What is your personal motto?

Respect & Compassion.