HARTFORD YOUTH DANCE INITIATIVE, INC.




Message From The Board


Hartford Youth Dance Initiative has a defining belief in the potential of each child.

Many children need a medium to allow for socialization. A child who has difficulty in communicating verbally can develop the ease to do so through his/her dance expression.  There are valuable lessons in the discovery of the relationship of music, rhythm, and graceful movement.

Basic social graces are seen as a way to achieve the harmony that is needed to perform. This attitude will strengthen the child in all facets of life.  The discipline involved in learning steps and routines gives a child a great sense of accomplishment.  Children learn that they can depend on themselves and that they can depend on, and work with, others.

Hartford Youth Dance Initiative was incorporated as a nonprofit program for children in 1995. It has grown to involve hundreds of children who are learning the joy, benefits and discipline of dance, with a focus on ballroom.



August 4, 2013

SAVE THE DATE: November 23, 2013  Annual Charity Ball

Public Service Announcement

July 23, 2013

The board is happy to welcome Edward Friedman, J.D to the board.

March 26, 2013

The board is happy to welcome Betty Domer and Kimberly Mohs to the board.

Betty K. Domer retired from Northeast Utilities (NU) in 2006 having focused on NU’s sales to large corporations and institutions of electricity and natural gas on the open market. In addition, she possesses nearly a half century of experience in community involvement having served on a multitude of boards of directors for organizations with missions varying from civic, humanitarian, performing arts and behavioral health. She is past chair of Leadership Greater Hartford, Community Health Resources and Village Players, Inc. Her most recent distinctions are the AARP Connecticut Partner Program Volunteer of the Year (2011), New England Patriots Community MVP Award (2007) and Best Supporting Actress Little Theatre of Manchester 2006 season.

Kimberly Mohs is graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy NY, BS in Computer Science & Psychology Minor in Financial Technology. working for Hartford Financial Services Group since 2009 in Technical Leadership Development Program. Coach for Special Olympics teams in Middletown, RPI Women's mentor, Ballroom Dance Team Co-Captain/Treasurer, Undergraduate Recruitment Committee for Computer Science.

March 12, 2013

Hartford Youth Dance Initiative, Inc. is excited to announce a new ballroom dance program at the Hartford Arts Center. The classes will be taught by our ballroom dance instructor, Kimberly Mohs  beginning May 2013.  Click on menu item "Summer News" to read about young professionals teaching ballroom dance to Hartford area youth.

February 19, 2013

The board would like to welcome Keenum Staniszewski as a new board member.  He brings advertising, marketing, video production and editing skills to the board.  He also brings knowledge and training from 9 years of service in the U.S. Air Force. A recent graduate, Cum Laudecoursework in Aeronautics, Management,  Business, Accounting and Finance. 

January 16, 2013

The board is happy to welcome Tashana Mullings to the board. She enjoys working with youth. She has communication, leadership, and organizational skills. She also does website design and maintenance and skilled in social media.

Tashana has graciously accepted the position as Secretary to fill the vacancy of out going board member Cheryl Racco.  Rose Nolan has accepted position of President to fill the vacancy of out going board member Judy Benvenuto.  We are saddened to loose Cheryl and Judy but so very grateful for their past years of dedication and service. We also regret to accept the resignation of our newest board members Barbara and Ken Merrifield. Their one year of service in fund raising efforts and volunteer hours with their employer matching programs has made it possible for the organization to fund the inter-district after school ballroom dance program at the Hartford YMCA.

November 18, 2012

The board wishes to thank everyone who came out to enjoy the 15th annual Charity Ball.  We recognize that you have choices in your charitable giving and are honored that you have chosen to support Hartford Youth Dance Initiative, Inc.

April, 30, 2012

The board wishes to extend a sincere "Thank you" to all who came out to support Hartford Youth Dance Initiative and make the Spring Fling a tremendous success.

March 17, 2012

Hartford Youth Dance Initiative, Inc.is funding an innovative program to partner with the Greater Hartford Arts Council (GHAC) to introduce ballroom dancing to literally thousands of second grade students in Hartford.  This program takes a “teach the teacher” approach.  Hartford Youth Dance Initiative is proud to fund this program through Hartford Performs – Greater Hartford Arts Council.

Click here to see the "Thank you" letter from GHAC.

January 28, 2012

On January 3rd, 2012 Michèle M. Evans made the difficult decision to resign as artistic director of Hartford Youth Dance Initiative, Inc.. We are grateful for her leadership, creativity, and inspiration. Countless children  have benefited from her years of selfless dedication.