Participants in the Danbury Dance Initiative include leading educators, social service agencies, funders, and dance professionals. The program receives support from the Savings Bank of Danbury, Union Savings Bank, and the Danbury Cultural Commission. Connecticut Ballet made its first self-presented appearance at Danbury High School on Oct. 26, 2007, featuring the full-length Sleeping Beauty. Connecticut Ballet is a proud member of the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut (www.artswesternct.org).
In 2009, the company initiated a scholarship named in memory of original Danbury Dance Initiative task force member, local dancer, choreographer, and WCSU faculty member Khalda Logan and an annual benefit performance to raise funds for distribution to talented middle and high school students from Danbury Public Schools. Special thanks to Khalda's husband, Michael Eaton, and her family for their continuing support. Partner schools include 5678! Dance Arts, Monroe Dance Academy, Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance, Fineline Theatre Arts, Academy of Dance, Darien Dance Center, and Vitti's Dance Studio.
This year's benefit performance took place on Sunday, March 18 at Broadview Middle School. The full-day program included master classes in Horton with Aubrey Lynch and ballet technique with Alexander Glaz. Guest artists includes students from Harlem School of the Arts and Undefined Motion, a hip hop duo. Special thanks to participating schools Monroe Dance Academy, Academy of Dance Arts, and Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance. Video documentation was provided by WestConn's Department of Communication and Media Arts.
Scholarship awards are for foundational or accelerated training after consultation with individual students and families at the recommendation of a jury of local dance professional. Scholarship auditions will take place in on Wednesday, May 30 at Broadview MS auditorium from 2:30-4:00pm. All interested middle school and high school students are encouraged to attend.
Khalda Logan Studio Portrait