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 will take place on Sunday, March 18 at Broadview Middle School in Danbury at 4:30pm. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. The full-day program includes master classes in Horton and ballet technique, tech time for each participating school or company, and the performance. Guest artists include students from Harlem School of the 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 early June 2018 at Broadview MS auditorium. All interested middle school and high school students are encouraged to attend. For date and time, please call Connecticut Ballet at 203-964-1211.
Khalda Logan Studio Portrait