Dream School

Setting the Barre High: Top 10 Dance Movies

Article: Setting the Barre High: Top 10 Dance Movies

We asked Nicole Winhoffer, Madonna’s personal trainer and a former Broadway dancer with credits like “42nd Street,” “Bombay Dreams” and “Wicked” to her name, to pick some of the best dance scenes ever captured on film. Here’s what she said…

It’s a Wild World: Top 10 Survival Movies

Article: It’s a Wild World: Top 10 Survival Movies

When you can’t get away from the cube (hello, endless conference calls and sad desk lunches), a good adventure movie will have to do.

Scout’s Spoken Word Performance From “DREAM SCHOOL: NYC”

Article: Scout’s Spoken Word Performance From “DREAM SCHOOL: NYC”

Chuck D (Public Enemy) introduced the students of DREAM SCHOOL: NYC to Urban Word to open up their eyes to the power of finding their own voice. Scout was particularly moved by the assignment, and the result landed her a performance at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in New York City’s East Village. Read the poem from her performance and watch the clip below.

“DREAM SCHOOL: NYC” Recapped and Revealed (Episode 2)

Article: “DREAM SCHOOL: NYC” Recapped and Revealed (Episode 2)

The tardy issue that seemed to start with Camille eventually trickled down to a good deal of the students. I bring this up because this would start to cause division among them as students, as well as the staff. It also points to the process and how the students adapted to it.

“DREAM SCHOOL: NYC” Recapped and Revealed (Episode 1)

Article: “DREAM SCHOOL: NYC” Recapped and Revealed (Episode 1)

The true moment DREAM SCHOOL: NYC started, in retrospect, is quite easy to pin down. When the students were gathered in a circle, sitting on the floor, with Chuck D and myself facilitating, they began to open up and share a deeper part of themselves. There was emotion, truth, pain and the beginnings of an initial trust that they could share things with each other. To reach deeper meaning and understanding, that wall of protection and distance needs to come down. For this group it happened rather quickly, which would eventually prove to be a positive and a negative.

6 Questions with Screenwriter and “DREAM SCHOOL” Teacher Cliff Dorfman

Article: 6 Questions with Screenwriter and “DREAM SCHOOL” Teacher Cliff Dorfman

Screenwriter Cliff Dorfman (Warrior, Entourage) returns in the premiere for season two of DREAM SCHOOL as the NYC students’ English teacher. Dorfman talked to us about what made him come back, his own bad school behavior, and which celebrity he’d want as his own mentor.

“DREAM SCHOOL” Season 1: Where Are They Now? (Boys’ Edition)

Article: “DREAM SCHOOL” Season 1: Where Are They Now? (Boys’ Edition)

This past May, we checked in with the male students of DREAM SCHOOL Season 1 to see where they ended up. Here’s what they were doing at that time.

“DREAM SCHOOL” Season 1: Where Are They Now? (Girls’ Edition)

Article: “DREAM SCHOOL” Season 1: Where Are They Now? (Girls’ Edition)

This past May, we checked in with the female students of DREAM SCHOOL Season 1 to see where they ended up. Here’s what they were doing at that time.

Celebrity Chef Ludo Lefebvre’s Top 10 Favorite Chefs

Article: Celebrity Chef Ludo Lefebvre’s Top 10 Favorite Chefs

Get a glimpse of at the chefs who have inspired Ludo Lefebvre throughout his career!

“DREAM SCHOOL: NYC” Set to Premiere October 1

Article: “DREAM SCHOOL: NYC” Set to Premiere October 1

SundanceTV’s DREAM SCHOOL: NYC premiering Wed., Oct. 1 at 10/9c takes on a new class of students who have dropped out or been expelled from the conventional school system and offers them a real chance to graduate.

“DREAM SCHOOL” Summer Recipe: Celeb Chef Roy Choi’s Salsa Verde

Article: “DREAM SCHOOL” Summer Recipe: Celeb Chef Roy Choi’s Salsa Verde

Last season on DREAM SCHOOL, celebrity chef and food truck aficionado Roy Choi cooked up a delicious summer meal with the students. Check out his very own take on salsa verde below, and add it to Roy Choi’s Blackjack Quesadilla for the perfect summer dish.

“DREAM SCHOOL” Summer Recipe: Celeb Chef Roy Choi’s Blackjack Quesadilla

Article: “DREAM SCHOOL” Summer Recipe: Celeb Chef Roy Choi’s Blackjack Quesadilla

Last season on DREAM SCHOOL, celebrity chef and food truck aficionado Roy Choi dropped by to dish out tasty inspiration by teaching the students how to cook his infamous Blackjack Quesadilla. Now, you can make the food yourself by using the recipe below at your next summer barbecue. Enjoy!

Your Graduation’s In Jeopardy! Hollywood’s 7 Worst Excuses for Skipping School

Article: Your Graduation’s In Jeopardy! Hollywood’s 7 Worst Excuses for Skipping School

Ditching school. Cutting class. Playing hooky. If you’re gonna do it, make sure you have a darned good reason and a damned good excuse. In honor of the announcement for season 2 of DREAM SCHOOL, here are some favorites.

1. We were forced to do drugs – 21 Jump Street
Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum as Schmidt and Jenko

The key to being a good narc—which these two bozos are not—is actually attending class. But when duty calls, the fellas skip out to meet their drug connection in the yearbook office, sample the goods and hustle to the bathroom to “help” each other try to puke. Maybe cutting class isn’t such a good idea.

SundanceTV Greenlights Season 2 of Non-Fiction Original Series “Dream School”

Article: SundanceTV Greenlights Season 2 of Non-Fiction Original Series “Dream School”

New Season Features Executive Producers Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and Chuck D; Instructors Include, David Chang, Johnny Weir, Cliff Dorfman, Alvin Hall, Gloria Allred, among others…

SundanceTV announced today the greenlight of season two of the original non-fiction series DREAM SCHOOL. Multi-platinum award-winning musician and entrepreneur Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson will executive produce along with one of hip-hop’s most influential and positive voices Chuck D. The series format was created by campaigning chef and global food entrepreneur Jamie Oliver who will also executive produce under his Fresh One shingle. DREAM SCHOOL is an ambitious project where the best and the brightest in our culture teach kids that have been falling through the cracks. The announcement was made today by Sarah Barnett, SundanceTV President. The six-episode hour long series is slated to premiere in fall 2014.

Bring That Moment

Article: Bring That Moment

It’s Graduation! Or at least the run-up to it. I watched this episode with mixed emotions. I was frustrated that Kyle and Tyla weren’t there – especially when Kyle admitted he wished he’d stayed.

Another One Bites the Dust

Article: Another One Bites the Dust

Watching this episode was the most frustrating, sad experience for me. Right from the start is bad news: Kyle’s dad confirms he won’t be coming back – and the attention shifts to Tylai.

Tylai’s case is maddening to me. Throughout the episode (and previous ones) you pick up certain clues: she’s 17. She’s about to have a baby, she’s been couch surfing at friend’s houses, her mom lets her do what she wants, she has anger issues… Okay. Fine. But she also used to be a straight A student. She used to be a cheerleader. She used to love school. So what went wrong?

Will They Stay or Will They Go?

Article: Will They Stay or Will They Go?

It was a hell of a week on Dream School. When this whole project started, I wondered if all the kids would stick with it – or what would happen if things hit the skids. And this week, we found out. Kyle opted to leave in the most infuriating, sad way – walking out because he didn’t want to deal with his self-admitted anger management issue. But what killed me was his Dad let him. The dad – a former Marine – is so wracked with guilt over the issues Kyle and his brother Sean have due to their parents’ divorce, he kowtows to Kyle… when what Kyle really needs is a good kick in the pants. Or an actual Marine.

An Ode to Mary

Article: An Ode to Mary

After watching this episode, I felt like I just needed to take a hot second and love on Mary. While I like all the kids, Mary I love.

For the past three episodes we’ve seen someone like Kyle – who got kicked out of several schools, the last of which for punching a principal – give up at the drop of a hat. In this episode he comes to school hungover and admits to smoking something, which I suspect is weed. He fools around in class, doesn’t pay attention, and then blows up if anyone objects. As the head teacher, Scott, notes: Kyle is his own problem.

The Power of Failure

Article: The Power of Failure

This episode starts on a low note. The grades are posted from the students’ first test – and almost everyone’s failed.

A moment later, Ellie says, “People said I was stupid… I started believing it. I started becoming it.”

In Episode One, almost every kid in the school said they didn’t study or that they didn’t care – in effect striving for failure… to be the person that they think everyone thinks they are.

They were reaffirming themselves as stereotypical dropouts. Ironic as Soledad O’Brien, their teacher this week, immediately digs into the question of, what do people assume about you when they look at you? And then she asks, “who are you really?” – and the answers are diametrically different from the previous ones.

What You Need to Know About DREAM SCHOOL

Article: What You Need to Know About DREAM SCHOOL

When I first heard about DREAM SCHOOL – I’m not going to lie – I was skeptical. I might have even rolled my eyes. I mean, high school dropouts being taught by celebrities? “What will be taught – and who will be the teachers?” I wondered. Would Britney Spears teach an auto-tune music class? Would Professor Kim Kardashian teach elocution or videography? Or would Miley Cyrus hold court on sex education? My mind boggled.

Sundance Channel sets October 7 premiere for DREAM SCHOOL

Article: Sundance Channel sets October 7 premiere for DREAM SCHOOL

Sundance Channel announced today an impressive list of innovators and leaders from a cross section of professions including music, politics, film, science, journalism and more who will come together to create a DREAM SCHOOL for 15 troubled students in the network’s new six-part unscripted series premiering on October 7 at 10:00pm et/pt.

From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Oliver Stone to astronaut Dr. Mae Jemison, these instructors will have one mission – to excite young minds and reignite their students’ desire to learn. An ambitious project where the best and the brightest in our culture teach kids who have been falling through the cracks, DREAM SCHOOL is designed to motivate troubled teenagers to turn their lives around. Pregnant, neglected, bullies or bullied; the kids all have one thing in common — they are dropouts. Now Sundance Channel is giving them a once in a lifetime chance to start over, but overcoming past failures and future obstacles will prove to be no easy task for both the students and their instructors.

Sundance Channel Greenlights Original Series DREAM SCHOOL

Article: Sundance Channel Greenlights Original Series DREAM SCHOOL

Sundance Channel announced today the greenlight of a new original non-fiction series “Dream School.” Multi-platinum award-winning musician and entrepreneur Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson will executive produce under his G-Unit Films and Television banner and appear in the show. The series format was created by Jamie Oliver who will also executive produce under his Fresh One shingle. The announcement was made today by Sarah Barnett, Sundance Channel President. The series is slated to premiere in fall 2013.