Profile Type: Cultural Nonprofit
NEFA Grant Recipient
Cultural Nonprofit
Sonia Plumb Dance Company

Sonia Plumb Dance Company was formed nearly thrity years ago with the mission: to enrich and educate the community through innovative modern dance.We fulfill our mission through performances, classes, Apprentice Training Program, community outreach, arts integration residencies and collaborations with musicians and composers, artists and actors, puppeteers, poets and professors. We are known for reaching beyond the arts community with a diverse repertoire that often reflects upon larger societal issues.  

Artistic Director, Sonia Plumb, is deeply committed to exploring the societal and cultural content of each new project with robust education and outreach programming. Ms. Plumb is a National Artist Teaching Fellow, and has thrice received the Connecticut Office of the Arts Fellowship for Artistic Excellence. In 2015 Plumb was one of nine artists nationwide to receive a Community Legacy Project award for her arts integration program.

SPD annually serves more than 7,500 audiences of all ages – from adults who love watching life performances to students grades K-12 immersed in arts education to college students seeking professional training or expanding their knowledge through experience, to families with children on the Austim spectrum who want to take advantage of the physical and societal benefits of dance class engagement. From the inner cities of Greater Hartford to small towns throughout New England, to international venues, our programs inspire and educate in the classroom, in the community and on the stage. Our nationally recognized arts-integration residencies follow Common Core State and National Arts standards and integrate dance with science, math and literature.



Sonia Plumb Dance Company has three primary program areas: Performance, Education and Community Outreach. 

Performances: Our season includes main-stage performances that feature the Company’s high caliber, innovative work. Throughout the rest of the year the Company tours throughout New England and New York to a variety of venues including: colleges, festivals and other theaters.  We aim to premire one full-length dance per year.

Arts Integration and Arts Access: From November through May we focus on bringing our arts integration residencies for grades K-8 to schools throughout Connecticut including: Hartford, New Britain, West Hartford, Farmington and beyond. In addition, we often provide student matinees connected to the Company’s performance season, offering students an opportunity to experience live performance. Turning the Triangle: Geometry and Dance, is just one of our many arts integration programs.

Apprentice Training: In 2016 we immplemented our Apprentice Training Program for talented high school graduates who wish to pursue a career in dance but canot afford to attend a four-year college degree program. Apprentices rehearse, teach and perform alongside Company members, learning dance and life skills along the way. Our graduates have gone on to teach and perform with a variety of dance companies and studios in greater Hartford.

Community Outreach: We offer a multitude of Community Outreach programs (both free and low-cost) that educate the general public about our work such as mini-performances, open rehearsals, lectures and Q&A’s with local professors and library talks that link our performance work with education for adults. 

Classes for ages 4 to 104+: In January 2020 SPD will begin offering on-going dance and wellness classes at a TBD location in Hartford, CT. We are the only dance company in Connecticut to offer a formal training program in modern dance. 

ImpaCT: In 2019 Artistic Director Sonia Plumb began laying the groundwork for a collective inniative to bring together Connecticut’s up and coming and underfunded dance community in an effort to promote dance and increase opportunities for dancers and audiences to see, learn and experience professional dance. ImpaCT is a subsidiary of SPD. 

We are currently looking for presenters/venues for our Dance of da Vinci 2.0 tour. 

Additional Links: 
Choreography: Sonia Plumb
Dance of da Vinci Documentary
Community Legacy Project National Award 2015
Turning the Triangle: Geometry and Dance

I Have Worked With

  • February 2016 to December 2019

    Artistic Director Sonia Plumb has been on faculty of this nationally recognized and award winning magent school for 12 years. She sets her SPD work on the dance department Seniors annually. These dancers have gone on to study at SUNY Purchase, Adelphi, University of the Arts, Hofstra, to name a few.

  • October 2012 to October 2019

    SPD has a close relationship with this special IB elemetnary school in West Hartford, CT. JoAnn Lizon, curriculum specialist, contacted us in 2012 after reading an article about our Arts Integration work with Science, Water and Dance. Since then we have worked closely with them to develop Arts Integration programs including: Shadows and Light, Water Wars and most recently Turning the Triangle: Geometry and Dance. Our AI programs are nationally recognized.

  • July 2019

    Performed "Fire or Ice" and "Too Close to Light" in July 2017.

    Performed excerpts from Dance of da Vinci in four separate performances in July 2019.


  • NEFA Grantee
  • Cultural Nonprofit

Contact Information

First Name: 
Job Title/Position: 
Artistic Director
Mailing Address: 
20 Church Street Mezzanine
Hartford, CT 06103
Physical Address: 
20 Church Street Mezzanine
Hartford, CT 06103
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Profile Type: 
Cultural Nonprofit
Primary Discipline: 
Dance - Modern / Contemporary
Additional Disciplines: 
Dance - General
Dance - Ballet
Dance - Modern / Contemporary
Humanities - General
Humanities - History
Humanities - Science
Literary Arts - General
Media - Video
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Populations Served: 
General Public
People with Disabilities
School Groups
Languages Available: 
Institution/Business Type: 
Performing Groups
Activities and Services: 
Arts for Social Change / Creative Activism
Arts Instruction / Lessons
Community Arts
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Film Preproduction / Production / Editing Services
Performance / Concert / Reading
Professional Development / Training
Residency - Community
Residency - In School
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
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Geographic Reach: 
Town / City
Multi-County Region
Multi-State Region

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
Connecticut Dance Alliance
New England Dance Fund Grantee/Alum Network
Connecticut Commission on the Arts Fellowship for Artistic Excellence
National Artist Teaching Fellowship
Community Legacy Project Fellowship
Connecticut Office of the Arts
I am a NEFA Grant Recipient

Accessibility of Services

Access accommodations for people who use a wheelchair and have limited mobility
Accessible website and/or multimedia for people with sensory disabilities
We offer certified dance classes for students on the Autism Spectrum

I am a Touring Artist

I am NEST eligible
Technical Requirements: 
Performances need a clean floor, preferably marley - adaptable to many floor types. Workshops and residencies need large, clear spaces to teach in. Sound systems for performances required.
Projection, wifi
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I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Afterschool Program
Arts and Cultural Center / Venue
Community Site / Center
Corporate Business
Private Studio
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - English Language / Literacy
Arts Integration - Mathematics
Arts Integration - Physical Education
Arts Integration - Science / Technology / Engineering
Ages Served: 
Elementary School-age
Middle School-age
High School-age
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