Helping Hearts Through The Arts


"Hearts In Flight"--HHA's campaign to help raise funds for ALS. 

 Helping Hearts Dance performance at Westminster on June 28 @ 10:30am and at Harmony at Spring Hill on July 15 @ 10:30am


October 2013:  "Sweet Zinnia"-Theater on the Run
January 2014:  The Virginian
September 2014:  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


Founded by Sue Skaddan, Helping Hearts Through the Arts (HHA), a 501(c)3 public charity,  is dedicated to connecting individuals and groups within our community in artistic and meaningful ways.  Since 2013,  HHA  has been involved in over 40  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 55-70+  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 to help raise funds for ALS research.   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.  

Projects 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, Patricia Hall, Susan Kaput​, 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), Clarissa Warren (piano)

*     Sound:   Susan Kaput.  Past performances included Sam Fanelli, 

*     Facilities:  Center for the Ballet Arts, The Sweet Virginia Bee Farm

*     Dancers:   Kathy Bova, Dana Gattuso, Patricia Hall, Penelope Jones, Grace Lalonde, Claudia Maloney, Peg Schaefer, Sue Skaddan,    Alumni:  Cristina Benigni, Abbi Brees, Sabrina Cohn, Diane Dorius, Noel Durman, Sigrun Gianetti, Rachel Goldberg, Susannah Keefe, Jennifer Kolouch, Natalia Kulbatska, Susan Nealis, Heather McPhail,, Clarissa Warren