In the Press

Houston Chronicle | October 31 2013

Dancing Motivates Brownsville Kids to Stay in School

Brownsville Texas is listed as the poorest city in America in this Houston Chronicle article by Craig Hlavaty. has been helping the students of Brownsville ISD to follow their goals and dreams, and succeed in their classes through dancing!

“The Brownsville Independent School District is located in Brownsville, Texas at the very tip of Texas!  We are a school district of 48,858 students with the demographics of 98% Hispanic, 94.4% economically disadvantaged, 68.6% at-risk, 42.4% limited English proficient, and 2.7% migrant.  The Fine Arts Programs have a huge impact on our students as our statistics demonstrate that students involved in fine arts consistently score higher on standardized tests and excel in academics.  As we continuously look for programs that will motivate our students and keep them in school, six years ago we decided to implement a “Red Hot Ballroom Dance Program” to entice even more students to become involved in fine arts.  Since this program leads to a competition, the students have to be passing all of their classes; therefore, we have seen an increase in academic success.  Parents and community members have also expressed much support because of the impact that this program has had on their children.”

Dr. Rebecca V. Rendón
Administrator of Fine Arts
Brownsville Independent School District, Brownsville, TX

The Observer | Spring | August 2013

Woodlands Dance Studio Gives Under-Privileged Students a New Swing on Life
Dancers from across the Houston area had a chance to swing their bodies not only to music but to help underprivileged students from one of the poorest areas of the country get a new hold on their futures.  read more

The Galveston County Daily News | May 2013

Waltzing at Galveston
A delegation of 100 ballroom dancers from the Brownsville Independent School District earned second place at the State Texarama Ballroom Competition held Friday in Galveston.

This was Brownsville's first time to participate. The BISD students competed against hundreds of couples from the Houston area and as far away as Arizona and Colorado. Ten styles of dance were included in the competition, waltz, foxtrot, tango, Viennese waltz, rumba, cha cha, swing, salsa, samba, and merengue.

"It was a great experience for our kids," said Rebecca Rendon, BISD administrator for Fine Arts. "The other people who competed and even the professional dancers all said our kids were fantastic."

Brownsville's dancers were the audience favorites. A total of BISD campuses were represented at Texarama: Benavides, Champion, Egly, Ortiz, Paredes, Pullam, Skinner, Villa Nueva, and Yturria elementary schools; Cummings, Garcia, Lucio, Manzano, Oliveira, Perkins, Stell, Stillman, and Vela middle schools; and Hanna, Lopez, Pace, Porter, Rivera, and Veterans Memorial high schools.

BISD's ballroom dancers have already achieved recognition at the local level. Now, their skills have brought statewide success.

The Brownsville Herald | May 2013

Red Hot Ballroom Finals Tonight at Events Center
Like scores of parents from all over Brownsville, Oelia Garza knew exactly when her daughter, Shantel, would be dancing in the Red Hot Ballroom dance competition at the Brownsville Events Center.  read more






The Brownsville Herald | July 2014

Red Hot Ballroom Dance Camp gives participants a leg up on the competition. 

 The 2014-2015 school year has already started for the Red Hot Ballroom dancing competition the BrownsvilleIndependentSchool District holds in the spring.

This week BISD’s Department of Fine Arts is holding a ballroom dance camp in the CentralAdministrationBuilding cafeteria at 708 Palm Blvd., with instruction in the various steps that will be judged next spring in BISD’s annual Red Hot Ballroom competition.
About 125 fifth-graders and 100 middle school and high school students have turned out for the camp, BISD Fine Arts administrator Rebecca Rendon said... read more