And our journey begins...
Karisma Jay founded AbunDance Academy of the Arts with the mentorship of Ms. Cheryl, former Artistic Director of Full of Energy School of Dance.
AbunDance Academy became the first Black-Owned Non-Profit Arts Organization to produce an Original Production at the Prestigious KINGS Theatre, written and directed by Ms. Karisma Jay.
“Annie, AbunDantly” at KINGS Theatre, an original adaptation where orphan Annie grew up to become the first female Black president.
Our first production, The Wiz, AbunDantly, to a sold-out audience in Brooklyn.
Ms. Karisma competed in the 6th Annual Stars of New York Dance Competition and Won! As a result, she won $5000 in Dance scholarships for select students of AbunDance Academy.
“Sister Act, AbunDantly” at KINGS Theatre, where Deloris, a headlining performer returned to her hometown of Brooklyn to keep her school from closing.
We were featured in Family Circle and Ms. Karisma was named a "Local Hero". Ms. Karisma was also featured on LifeTime TV as an Entrepreneur to Watch.
Launched a GoFundMe to raise money for our relocation fund and we successfully raised $50,000 which went directly to securing our new location.
Moved to our new location, 90 Sullivan Place. With three dance studios, three bathrooms, backyard space, and store-front window, Ms.Karisma’s aspiration, for all of her students to soar and be free to explore their creativity, began materializing ten-fold.
launched our first international trip and international summer exchange. AbunDance In Bahamas brought 12 AbunDance students to Nassau, Bahamas where we hosted a weeklong Summer Arts Intensive in partnership with 4 Bahamian studios. Simultaneously, 10 select Bahamian students traveled to Brooklyn and participated in our Bahamas in Brooklyn Weeklong summer arts intensive.
“Us, AbunDantly an original production written by Ms. Karisma Jay which celebrated people of the diaspora and their rich history.
AbunDance successfully transitioned to Virtual Classes and since we have offered 500+ virtual classes, 20 Master Workshops and a host of coaching sessions, village town halls and community meetings.
Hosted our annual end of year student showcase Virtually. Alongside 1000 virtual Audience members, we screened “Quaroutines, AbunDantly” and raised $15,000 from the parents and community at large, towards arts programming.