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The Stars of New York Dance: Community-wide impact on many levels

Updated on July 2, 2014

The Stars of New York Dance has become a growing influence since its 2010 inception, impacting the community on many levels. It is a charitable, thrilling and judged dance competition for New York City leaders that annually raises dance scholarship funds for children from low-income communities, helping them to develop discipline, confidence and self-esteem to succeed in school and in life. Everyone involved and beyond benefits from this creative, uplifting worthy cause as expressed through the comments of various participants and supporters.

Click HERE, to read the Q & A with The Stars of New York Dance Founder and Executive Producer Cheryl Todmann.

Award Acceptance Speech

Backstage with Janet Dennard & Min. Joel Youngblood
Backstage with Janet Dennard & Min. Joel Youngblood

Participants' Comments

“The Stars of New York Dance is more than a fabulous event. It’s an ongoing program that teaches kids discipline, cooperation and determination. Through the ‘Stars’ dance program, these young people unleash their imaginations and find the freedom within themselves to reach and unlock unlimited potential.” – Danny Simmons (The Stars of NY Dance 2013 Stellar Humanitarian Award Winner)

“Dancing is not my forte … Rehearsals were a process … My revelation is that we can accomplish anything when we step outside our comfort zone.” – Min. Joel Youngblood (Community Leader)

“Working with this event is pure heaven … facelifts would be unnecessary for any attendees because of the constant smiling from attending this happy, positive event for a good cause.” – Janet Dennard (Backstage Production/ Costume Designer for Min. Joel Youngblood)

Backstage with youth
Backstage with youth
Ms. Betty & Partner Jude Backstage
Ms. Betty & Partner Jude Backstage

79-yr old winner Betty Staton

Robert Henry, Cheryl Todmann & Betty Staton
Robert Henry, Cheryl Todmann & Betty Staton

My Comments

The Stars of New York Dance is one of the best “feel good, exciting, annual events and worthy causes” in New York City! When I covered the event for my column on, my cheeks hurt from smiling so hard, wide and long. The high energy from the children and the competition dancers was electrifying. A strong sense of community and love permeated throughout the venue. The Stars of New York Dance is a divinely-inspired mission that benefits our community leaders; community-based dance organizations; volunteers; and youth, impacting our future for the better.

The dance competition stretches community leaders to step outside their comfort zones and have fun while inspiring others to do the same. The 2013 dance competition included 81-year old Robert L. Henry, Executive Director of Frank R. Bell Funeral Home, and The Honorable Betty Staton, 79-year old dance competition winner and Executive Director of Bedford Stuyvesant Community Legal Services. Now that's inspirational!

I encourage everyone, near and far, to support The Stars of New York Dance by purchasing a ticket to attend the next event or send a donation, made payable to Fractured Atlas, and mail to:

The Stars of New York Dance
PO Box 170511
Times Plaza Station
Brooklyn, NY 11217

For more information, contact Cheryl Todmann at 917-623-7299 or

Be Blessed,

Jo Anne Meekins
Inspired 4 U Blog


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