CONNetic in the Community
CONNetic Dance is committed to being involved in the community not just as performers, but with inspiring education and outreach programs.
Most recently, CONNetic partnered with Camp Courant and The United Way to offer a dance program at New Britiain public schools summer school.
We have regularly partnered with AIDS CT performing at their fundraisers and have performed along with Cirque du Soleil at the Cirque du Cure ball for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation at The Hartford Convention Center.
The company also has served as Fairy Godmothers, working diligently in the community collecting prom dress donations and giving dance lessons for the CT Association of Foster and Adoptive Parents to create a magical evening for teenage girls in foster care in CT.
CONNetic Dance has also pledged to go green and work to be eco-conscious in their art. Founding dancer/choreographer Amy Merli premiered a new work on that theme at the her very unique and now annual Earth Day Trashion Fashion Show which celebrated the arts going green with company dancers strutting the runway in pointe shoes in tutus made of newspapers. As part of their continued pledge to be an eco-conscious but creative arts group, CONNetic's set and backdrop for their 2012 production of A Midsummer Night's Dream was made out of entirely recycled and re-purposed materials. Even the fairy wings were constructed from old coat hangers!
CONNetic Dance's commitment to the CT community shone in their exciting fundraiser, Dancing with the CT Stars, at The Pond House in Elizabeth Park. The fundraiser for “Give Kids a Chance Through Dance” paired each of the CONNetic professional dancers with a CT-based celebrity. Celebrities who danced included World Wrestling Entertainment legend Sgt. Slaughter, Senator Jonathan Harris, and Mark Twain himself!
As part of our goal to make dance accessible and inspiring to all audiences, we regularly offer free performances at events in Hartford, at The Wadsworth Atheneum, at The New Britain Museum of Art, in Elizabeth Park, and at schools upon request.