A Legacy Lives On
In Memory of Jessica Morgan, Founder of VDF
Jessica Morgan founded the Virginia Dance Festival in 1999 and grew the event over twenty years of dedicated work in the dance and Richmond communities. In 2019, she lost her battle with cancer, but she was able to see VDF turn 20! In honor of her legacy and love for dance, family, and Richmond, Marianne Kelley will continue the festival to continue to support a cause so dear to Jessica's heart.
Since the event began, it has generated over $214,500 for Children’s Hospital Foundation through performances, ticket sales, generous sponsors and silent auction donations. We are so pleased this event has grown to represent a wide range of dance styles and different cultures. The event is not only entertaining, but also offers an educational opportunity for guests as they learn more about different cultural dances. The performances consist of Irish, Latin, Ballroom, Irish, Swing, Musical Theater, Chinese and much more. More than 43 pre-professional dance organizations have performed at VDF.
For more than 90 years, Children’s Hospital Foundation has been dedicated to funding and advocating for pediatric initiatives that improve the status of health care and the quality of life for children in our region. The Foundation provides support for the programs and initiatives of Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR) and the children it serves each year. Children’s Hospital Foundation depends on the support of individuals, businesses and other organizations to help it continue its mission of supporting excellence in health care for children. To learn more about how you can help, visit www.chfrichmond.org.
About the 2020 Event
The 21st Annual Virginia Dance Festival to benefit Children’s Hospital Foundation will be held at Henrico Theater (305 E Nine Mile Rd, Highland Springs, VA 23075) on Sunday, April 26, at 4pm. Tickets will be available for sale soon.
The festival has expanded this year to include classes for local dancers. Performance is seen as the end result of dance, but getting there requires continued learning, accepting new challenges, and a strong community.
For information about the event, becoming a sponsor or donating items, please contact Stephanie Allan at or 804-228-5827.