HHA PERFORMANCES 2013-Present
October 2013: "Sweet Zinnia"-Theater on the Run
January 2014: The Virginian
September 2014: 1st Autumn Remembrance Day-Sweet Virginia Bee Farm
January 2015: Heatherwood Retirement Community
September 2015: 2nd Autumn Remembrance Day-Sweet Virginia Bee Farm
August 2015: Heatherwood Retirement Community
December 2015: Sunrise Braddock Glen
March 2016: Aarondale Assisted Living
June 2016: The Lincolnian Senior Residences
July 2016: Lincolnia Senior and Day Care Center
September 2016: 3rd Autumn Remembrance Day-Sweet Virginia Bee Farm
November 2016: Culpepper Gardens Senior Center
December 2016: The Lincolnian Senior Residences
March 2017: Heatherwood Retirement Community
June 2017: Greenspring Village Square Theater-Retirement Community
June 2017: Occoquan "Artist's Undertaking Gallery"
September 2017: 4th Autumn Remembrance Day-Sweet Virginia Bee Farm
November 2017: Lincolnia Senior Center
March 2018: Heatherwood Retirement Community
May 2018: CREATIVE AGING FESTIVAL-Lincolnia Senior Center
June 2018: Greenspring Village Square Theater
September 2018: 5th Autumn Remembrance Day-Sweet Virginia Bee Farm
December 6, 2018: Sunrise Silas Burke House
December 20, 2018 Agudas Achim Synagogue
February 14, 2019: Lorton Workhouse Art Center
February 28, 2019: Lincolnia Senior Center
March 31, 2019: Sunrise George Mason with children musicians and dancers from TDC.
April 4, 2019: Westminster At Lake Ridge
April 7th, 2019: Afghan New Year Celebration- Lincolnia Senior Center
May 30, 2019: CREATIVE AGING FESTIVAL-Lincolnia Senior Center
June 8, 2019: Misler Adult Day Center -Rockville, MD
September 29, 2019: 6th Autumn Remembrance Day-Sweet Virginia Bee Farm
October 24, 2019: Hollin Hall Senior Center
November 9, 2019: Madison Community Center for GoBananas 10yr. gala celebration
December 5, 2019: Westminster @ Lake Ridge
January 14, 2020: Agudas Achim Synagogue
February 13, 2020: Harmony at Chantilly
May 21, 2020: CREATIVE AGING FESTIVAL canceled due to COVID-19
October 4, 2020: 7th Autumn Remembrance Day- ALS "Hearts In Flight-kick off"
April 18, 2021: "Open Rehearsal" at the Sweet Virginia Bee Farm for "Hearts in Flight- for ALS"
May 23, 2021: Premiere of "Fall en Angels" & "Hearts in Flight-for ALS" at the Sweet Virginia Bee Farm
June 28, 2021: Westminster @ Lake Ridge
July 15, 2021: Harmony @ Spring Hill
October 3, 2021: 8th Autumn Remembrance Day @ the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool
November 20, 2021: Transformations Showcase at Pozez Jewish Community Center
November 21, 2021: Publick Arts audition
January 28, 2022: Brightview Fair Oaks
February 13, 2022: Dancing for Mental Health-Fairfax Academy
April 28, 2022. Westminster @ Lake Ridge
May 1, 2022. May 1st Day Celebration at the Sweet Virginia Barn
May 22, 2022. Walker Chapel Community Celebration
June 5, 2022. Walker Chapel, Arlington, VA
June 23, 2022 Tall Oaks Assisted Living, Reston, VA
October 2, 2022 Upcoming 9th Autumn Remembrance Day@ Sweet Virginia Bee Farm
Upcoming 2022 HHA OUTREACH :
Helping Hearts Dance - October 21, 2022 @ Brightview Fair Oaks, Fairfax, VA
Helping Hearts Through The Arts
Founded by Sue Skaddan, Helping Hearts Through the Arts (HHA), is a 501(c)3 public charity. The mission of HHA is to inspire lifelong movement and foster a love of the arts through programs featuring innovative, uplifting choreography and live musical performances; as well as providing movement activities for seniors in the Washington metropolitan area. Since 2013, HHA has been involved in over 50 music and dance performances to local art centers, senior centers, elder care, and retirement communities to help foster a greater sense of community, and spread goodwill through the value of the arts.
From the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the group of passionate dancers aged 50-70+ have continued to adapt and rehearse with their first resident choreographer and Helping Hearts Dance was born. Helping Hearts Dance performed outdoors at the 7th annual Autumn Remembrance Day Arts Festival held on October 4, 2020. This was a kick off to "Hearts In Flight" - a campaign that raised $6, 540 for ALS research. HHA's 8th Autumn Remembrance Day Arts Festival was held at the base of the Lincoln Memorial at the Reflecting Pool, and it was a golden spectacular day! Helping Hearts Dance demonstrates that high quality dance performance doesn't end because of age or covid barriers. The group is looking to broaden it's reach, change perceptions, and demonstrate the value of lifelong movement. HHA desires to continually create ways to give back, and inspire others to move, create, and grow.
Programs have included performances, dance workshops, art classes, and flower arranging at numerous local senior and retirement centers. HHA has also delivered hundreds of daffodils cut from the founders garden and sunflowers from the Sweet Virginia Foundation to retirement homes, elder care, senior centers, and hospice providers.
Our September 2014 grand scale project kicked off an "Autumn Remembrance Day Arts Festival". It's a day of community celebration with local visual and vocal artists, dancers, and musicians. It's a day to reflect and remember ancestors and loved ones, and express gratitude for what our earth provides especially with the beauty of the fall season.
Board of Directors: Kathy Bova, Pat Hall, Susan Kaput, Grace Lalonde, Beth Moore, Peg Schaefer, Sue Skaddan
HHA extends heartfelt thanks to the wonderful people who have generously donated their time, talent, and facilities so that we may share the joy of music and dance with the community.
* Choreographers: Current Resident Choreographer- Adolfo Matto Traverso. Previous contributions include Candy Braden, Shu-Chen Cuff, Elizabeth DeSeguirant, Pat Hall, Silvia Burnstein-Hendi, Harriet Moncure Fellows, Jeremy McShane, Sue Skaddan, Ewa Burak, Kristina Edwards, Clarissa Warren.
* Musicians: Michael Davis (classical guitar), Carol (flute) & Sid Dunn (cello), Eleanor Lally (piano), Claudia Maloney (piano), Susan McQuade (clarinet & cello), Sarah Rhule (vocalist).
* Sound: Susan Kaput, Chris Murphy- RHI Audio
* Facilities: Center for the Ballet Arts, Ballet Nova, The Sweet Virginia Bee Farm
* Dancers: Kathy Bova, Rachel Goldberg, Patricia Hall, Grace Lalonde, Claudia Maloney, Susan McQuade, Peg Schaefer, Sue Skaddan, Adolfo Matto Traverso (resident choreographer). Alumni: Cristina Benigni, Abbi Brees, Sabrina Cohn, Diane Dorius, Noel Durman, Dana Gattuso, Sigrun Gianetti, Susannah Keefe, Jennifer Kolouch, Natalia Kulbatska, Susan Nealis, Heather McPhail,, Penelope Jones, Clarissa Warren