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Sonia P
224 Farmington Ave.
(Downtown Hartford)
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the project

WHAT: Sonia Plumb Dance Company in partnership with FootLights Performing Arts and Education is providing 23 scholarships to disadvantaged Hartford students ages 5 through 18  for our afterschool program Dive into Dance!.  Classes include Modern,  Ballet, Creative, Repertory, Foundations for Boys Only, and electives such as hip-hop fusion, Floorbarre/conditioning and Step and Drill. Each session culminates in a formal performance for the community.

WHY:  A formal dance training program is the basis for a successful career in dance. Students must begin training at an early age to be competative. Classes are costly. Equally as important, dance provides physical and mental well being by providing structure, discipline, a sense of community and an outlet for creativity. Dive into Dance is Hartford's only modern dance training program.

WHEN: Classes begin March 2 and run through June culminating in a final performance for the community. A summer session follows in July and August. The fall session begins again in September. Repeat Annually!

the steps

Month of February: Auditions! Kids get to try out classes, see what level they belong in, sign up for a commitment!

Week of March 2: Classes Start! 3-5 classes PER WEEK!

April: Evaluations and Feedback! We want to give them feedback on how they are doing! Motivation time!

June: Performances! What a great way to end the first session. They get to show their friends and family what they have learned! You, the community, are invited, too!!!

July/August: Summer sessions during the day! Have fun during summer vacation!

September: Fall session begins repeat as above and move up a level!




why we're doing it

Dance makes people happy, healthy and fit. Pre-professional dancers must take 3-10 classes per week depending on their age! Training in dance, as in any art costs money and takes time. For those who pay, classes cost on average of $250 per semester, per class. 

It has been demonstrated and continues to be demonstrated that minority students, especially those living in Hartford’s urban neighborhoods cannot afford to experience high quality dance training programs. 

Race, Place and Income

Because this disparity continues, Sonia Plumb Dance is providing 23 scholarships for Hartford Students to participate in Dive Into Dance classes. These dance classes will literally give our disadvantaged youth a leg up to pursue a career in dance AND become role models for their community.  

Dance classes provide physical and mental well being, community and creative outlets. Data has shown that students taking dance classes are more physically fit, creativetly heatlhy, form long lasting bonds with their peers and teachers giving a greater sense of community and accomplishment, provide structure and discipline and those benefits last a life time.

"We want the children and families in Hartford to have as much of an opportunity to not only enjoy dance, but to become professionals if they choose. as their peers in the suburbs. I have seen hard working, talented young people thrive in our dance programs, following a passion they had but did not know how to pursue. This initiative will give even more students an opportunity to excel and become role models in their own community, in their own backyard." - Sonia Plumb, Artistic Director, Sonia Plumb Dance.


3 Lead Instructors @ $45/class, 5 days/week, 36 weeks: $16,900

3 Assistant Instructors @ $20/class, 5 days/week, 36 weeks: $5,800

18 Bi-weekly Meetings/Traininig Sessions for instructors: $1,620

ioby Platform Fee $35
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $371
TOTAL TO RAISE = $24,726

Please note: ioby fees are estimated and will be calculated based on totals at the end of the campaign.


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