Arts & Humanities

FootLights Performing Arts

The Downtown YMCA FootLights Performing Arts & Education Program provides structure for multi-cultural creative expression and diversity. The YMCA FootLights program helps children to identify and cultivate their different learning styles.

The goals of the Footlights Performing Arts program is for youth to:
  • learn to work cooperatively in a group;
  • build teams;
  • increase critical thinking skills;
  • improve literacy skills;
  • set goals;
  • resolve conflicts; and
  • become part of something larger than themselves.
Youth also work to improve their overall academic performance and develop a greater sense of uniqueness and purpose in life. The goal of this program is to inspire children to reach their full potential while following the values of caring, respect, honesty and responsibility.

Footlights Performing Arts Program offers:
  • African Drumming;
  • Cultural Dance;
  • Drama/Poetry;
  • Drill Team;
  • Hip Hop;
  • Lyrical Classes
  • Self-Empowerment
  • Modern Jazz;
  • Self-Discipline;
  • Show Choir; and
  • Voice Lessons.
We also offer private tutoring, field trips, workshops, theater, fundraising and more.


For More information or to schedule an audition:
Contact FootLights at (860) 595-3026 or

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About Footlights
Footlights Performing Arts Program was originally founded by Michele B. Colletti in 2003. Her goal was to inspire Hartford teens to excel and discover their talent through the arts in a safe and fun environment.

In 2010 Footlights merged with the YMCA of Greater Hartford and the program is now run by the Downtown YMCA in Hartford. 
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