Pierre  Dulaine

Pierre Dulaine

Pierre Dulaine was born in Jaffa, Palestine. After his family relocated, he grew up as a teenager in the UK. Pierre began dancing at age 14. In 1972 he ended up in New York City. He started his dance partnership with Yvonne Marceau in 1976 winning four World Championships in show-dancing and performing in Tommy Tune’s “Grand Hotel” on Broadway for 2½ years. The New York Times dubbed Pierre a “Dancer and Teacher Extraordinaire.” He is best known for sharing the gift of dance with 30 reluctant students in a NYC public school and then, over 20 years, with over 410,000 children in 31 cities around the world. In 2005 Mad Hot Ballroom, the hit documentary and in 2006 Take the Lead, with Antonio Banderas portraying Pierre and his Dancing Classrooms work with children were released. His greatest triumph would be when he returned to Jaffa, to teach Jewish and Palestinian children how to “dance with the enemy.” This journey was chronicled in the new documentary film, Dancing in Jaffa.