Who we are: SPDC is a performing modern/contemporary dance company based in Hartford, CT with the mission: to enrich and educate the community through innovative modern dance. Legally recognized as a non-profit 501(c)(3) since 1991.
Vivid Choreography, Compelling Stories.
Driven by creative collaborations with artists and actors, musicians, composers, professors, poets and puppeteers.
"Mystical, electrifying, sensuous and an aesthetic adventure" The Hartford Courant
"A perfect example of passion meets purpose." Fox 61 News
Schedule of Classes
FRIDAY March 19
Floor Barre Conditioning 9-10am Sonia Plumb
Ballet 10:30-12noon Carol Roderick
Contemporary/Modern 12:30-2:00 Mark Willis
Repertory 2:30-4:30 Sonia & Micky
Stretch & Strength 5:00-6:00 DeAnna Pellecchia
SATURDAY, March 20
Improvisation/Listening 9-10am DeAnna Pellecchia
Ballet for Adults 10:30-12noon Carol Roderick
Limon Masterclass 12:30-2:30 Mark Willis
Contemporary 3:00-4:30 Chloe Carlson
Floor Barre Conditioning 5:00-6:00 Sonia Plumb
SUNDAY, March 21
Mental Self Care for Dancers 9-10am Terry Hyde
Returning to the Stage 10:30-12noon Magna PT
Belly Dancing 12:30-2:00 Elisheva Bellydancer
Repertory 2:30-4:30 Sonia Plumb
4:00 Showing with Rep students
DANCERS' WELLNESS WEEKEND with Sonia Plumb Dance Company
Virtual & in-person classes focused on preparing dancers for their return to live performances and auditions.
Classes will weave together elements for dancers to polish their overall health, technique, and strength from Friday, March 19th through Sunday March 21st at Hartford Stage rehearsal studio.
Featured instructors include Mark Willis of Limon Dance Company (Limon and Contemporary), DeAnna Pellecchia of Boston’s KAIROS Dance Theater and Paula Josa Jones (Stretch & Strength and Improvisation), Terry Hyde of Counseling for Dancers, UK (Mental Health for Dancers), Magna Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine Center (Physical Health), Carol Roderick (Ballet), Sonia Plumb (Repertory), and more.
Classes available for single ticket purchase and create your own bundles. Limited spots available due to COVID regulations, reserve in advance! Scholarships awarded to Hartford youth in need. Please email email@example.com to discuss eligibility.
Inspired by the Women in Homer's - The Odyssey
The Executive team has made the decision to postpone the in-person event and filming of Penelope's Odyssey. While we had no reservations about the safety of the audience and crew, we are extremely concerned about the risk for the unmasked performers, due to the new COVID 19 variant. Says Artistic Director Plumb, "The point of this event was to bring the beauty and high caliber, inspirational dancing of Penelope's Odyssey to the public. This dance relies on human emotions and characters whose faces cannot be hidden behind masks. I personally, do not want to risk my health or the health of my dancers to possible exposure to COVID. We are going to wait until we are all vaccinated." We will announce new dates for the Spring soon.
ABOUT PENELOPE'S ODYSSEY
During this historic moment of women’s voices and growth, Penelope’s Odyssey tells the story of Penelope and the women in the classic epic poem “Homer’s The Odyssey.” In this contemporary version, choreographer Sonia Plumb focuses on gender roles and societal norms as seen through the lens of time by weaving in topics of romance, betrayal, single motherhood, arranged marriage, war and its impact on the mental health of veterans. Often seen as boring, this fresh take on The Odyssey tells a story of survival in today’s world.
Penelope’s Odyssey has been made possible by grants from the Connecticut Office of the Arts, the Edward T. and Ann C. Roberts Foundation, Connecticut Humanities, and the Maximilian E. and Marion O. Hoffman Foundation.
Sonia Plumb School of Dance
Due to the rising COVID cases, classes will not resume until January, 2021.