Dimensional Dance premiered their newest work Ballet to Hip Hop- Prudence Crandall and Sarah Harris: Whole Souled Women on Sunday, September 26 at the Guilford Performing Arts Festival. If you would like to have this inspiring program performed at your theater please contact Ruth Lewis for further details at

This dramatic hip hop and ballet program illustrates the story of Prudence Crandall and Sarah Harris. Prudence Crandall was a Connecticut Quaker who Black women higher education in the 1830’s. Sarah Harris, the brave daughter of a free Black man of Norwich, CT, asked Prudence for “a little more learning.” Their actions created repercussions and stirred up emotions in their quiet town of Canterbury, CT. Dimensional Dance director, Ruth Lewis, consulted with Dr. Jennifer Rycenga of San Jose State University and Joan DiMartino of the Prudence Crandall Museum while creating this piece.

With Jus Hues as Judson who sued Prudence Crandall. Matisse Madden as Prudence Crandall, Savana Jones as Sarah Harris with Alexia Bobrowski as the preacher’s wife and Mollie Petrizzo, photo Rich Davis

This project was made possible with support from the Connecticut Office of the Arts, which also receives funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.


“Your program was amazing! Our students were amazed and everyone that attended commented that Dimensional Dance was the best program they have ever experienced. I totally agree. The students couldn’t stop talking about the dancers. They enjoyed every dance and learned about new music and dance as well. Everyone could not believe the quality and learning experiences you brought to our school. We feel fortunate to have had you and your dancers. They were simply the best!” A. F. Breakthrough Magnet North, Hartford

“Dimensional Dance’s performance was without doubt one of the best performances we have had. It was professional, educational, fascinating, and entertaining. Every single student of the school completely engaged for the entire performance- no easy task at best!” B.K. Cultural Committee Chair, Noah Wallace Farmington

“It was a pleasure having Dimensional Dance at our school. The program was great and the dancing was beautiful! I received so many compliments about the performance.” Cultural Committee, E. Green School Newington

“What a marvelous performance! We were just amazed. It was a remarkable program and blended a ton of cool facts with such inspiring and moving dance pieces. Your performers were mesmerizing and the women were awed.” C.R. Ethel Walker School

“I want to thank you so much for sending Tiger to us.  He was AMAZING!  He was very kid-friendly….all interactive except when he free-styled, which the audience LOVED.” K.V. Manchester Public Library

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