The Stars of New York Dance competition is an annual event and is also a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. The 2012 competition was rescheduled from Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, to Tuesday, December 18, 2012 as a result of Sandy, the hurricane that hit the New York City area on Monday, Oct. 29, 2012. “Many of the dancers had to assist their constituents who were affected by the storm,” said Executive Producer Cheryl Todmann.
Purchased tickets are being honored for the new date at the Kumble Theater, One University Plaza in Brooklyn. The event begins at 7 p.m. General admission tickets are $75; and $125 admission for VIP seating and the cocktail reception, which begins at 6 p.m. The 2012 honoree is Rev. Dr. Johnny Ray Youngblood, Executive Pastor and Spiritual Engineer of Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church in Brooklyn, NY; and the dance couples are:
- Eric Adams, 20th District Brooklyn NY State Senator with Dancer Jasmine Poole, Balance Dance Theater
- Rev. Richard Honeywell, Associate Pastor of St. Paul Community Baptist Church with Dancer Naeemah Brown, Cradle-N-the-Rock Youth Dance Ensemble
- Darlene Mealy, 41st District Brooklyn NY City Council Member with Dancer Kevin Joseph, Purelements: An Evolution in Dance
- Kevin S. Parker, 21st District Brooklyn NY State Senator with Dancer Zakiya M. Harris, Asase Yaa African American Dance Theater
- John L. Sampson, 19th District Brooklyn NY State Senator with Dancer Serina E. Young, Synergism School of Dance
- Donna White, Trey Whitfield School Teacher with Dancer Victor Reddick, Creative Outlet Dance Theatre of Brooklyn
The Stars of New York Dance is a charitable, judged dance competition that raises dance scholarship funds for children from low-income communities to help them develop discipline, confidence and self-esteem to succeed in school and in life. Founder Cheryl Todmann manifested this divine idea in 2010 from a 2005 desire to grow in dance and reach a broader audience with her Jewel and Rock Fitness program she implemented while a member at St. Paul Community Baptist Church. In seeking God’s direction, Cheryl was instructed to “get community leaders to dance” and then led to turn the television channel to “Dancing with the Stars.”
The Stars of New York Dance is similar to “Dancing with the Stars” in that it partners notable New York City Community Leaders with Professional Dance Artists that teach or perform with a community-based dance organization. The dance couple that receives the highest judged score wins a $5,000 Access Award grand prize for their dance organization of choice. The other competing dance organizations each receive $1,500 Access Awards to fund dance scholarships, enabling children to receive innovative, high-quality dance and arts education.
Please make all donations payable to Fractured Atlas with The Stars of New York Dance written on the memo line and mail to: The Stars of New York Dance, P.O. Box 170511, Times Plaza Station, Brooklyn, NY 11217.
UPDATE: The Stars of New York Dance competition 2012 winners were Senator Kevin Parker and dance partner Zakiya M. Harris of Asase Yaa African American Dance Theater with an old school Hip Hop routine. Because of Senator Parker’s win, Asase Yaa wins $5,000 to provide five or more children from low-income communities in New York City with a free or subsidized year of high-quality dance education and training at Asase Yaa.