Family Owned & Operated Since 1940

  • Owner
  • Director
  • Instructor
  • Bambi Donohue

welcome togreater hartford dance academy

Enhancing Lives Since 1940

Our objective is not only to teach dance, but to build character and perseverance,instill positive self esteem, earn respect, and teach life lessons that will have value beyond dance and will influence each child to become the best they can be.


  • The simple words of “thank you” are not enough to truly thank you for all you have taught me over the last 17 years. From the little girl who would cry every Saturday morning, you have turned me into the student who loves being at the studio. I am so grateful that you allowed me to be one of your assistants. I loved working with all of the students. You are an amazing woman who I am glad to call my dance teacher. I feel like you are more of a family member to me rather than just a dance teacher. Thank you for the best 17 years of my life. I will be back again to dance after college.

    Danielle Draeger
  • My mom enrolled me at GHDA before I could even talk. I literally don’t remember life before GHDA! I have been dancing here for 19 years, and the older I get the more I realize what a positive role it has played in my life. Not only is it great exercise and a lot of fun, but you learn about discipline, commitment, and many important life lessons. My experiences here have been priceless and I will definitely send my future children to GHDA.

    Nicole DiCicco
  • Thank you and congratulations on another outstanding show!! Again, you and your staff went above and beyond to create a magical experience for the children, teens and adults in your studio. I know Danielle is extremely lucky to have been part of such a wonderful program. Your hard work and dedication in instilling the love of dance into so many is truly a gift. The show was fun, beautiful and very entertaining. It has been an amazing journey for me to watch Danielle grow and mature with your strong influence and guidance. I will always be grateful for the many things you have taught her that go beyond dance. Thank you for taking her beneath your wings. Thank you for allowing us to be part of the GHDA family. Please don’t ever stop…THE SHOW MUST GO ON!

    Donna Donnelli
  • I want to let you know that Gianna had a WONDERFUL time dancing for you! She always looked forward to dance class and always wanted to do her best. I want to thank you for welcoming her into your studio the way you did and making her feel like she has been dancing there for 10 years!!! You always put HER best interests at heart and even with all the students you have to worry about, made sure that she was happy and placed in the proper class. You helped her to challenge herself and you made her very proud of her accomplishments this year! NEVER did she feel uncomfortable or treated any different than your veteran dancers. I also want to thank your assistants. Gianna loved them all!! She is excited to return next year and we thank you for making dance a wonderful part of Gianna’s life again.

    Bobbi Pellegatto
  • Well, you pulled it off again. What a great show and a good time had by all. My family and friends enjoyed another great production!!! Although most do not know what it takes behind the scenes to create such a fantastic show, sleepless nights, constant deadlines and dealing with so many individuals, to name a few, your students, faculty and their families sure do appreciate you. Thank you for giving me a second place that I call home every week, with great people and laughter.

    Lisa Maturo
  • Thank you so much for the observation day. It was so fun, cute and amazing how much the girls have learned and I’m so impressed with all that you do. Maryn has learned more in these last few months than she did during a whole year at her previous school and she’s loving it. She starts asking me on Monday morning whether it’s Friday and if she gets to go to dance class and continues to ask me all week. Then on Friday she skips around the house telling everyone that it’s her dance day. She loves it and loves you. Thank you for providing such a wonderful, educational and nurturing environment for my daughter.

    Alicia Yost

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