K.S. J.A.M.M. Dance Troupe was founded in 1988, in Crown Heights at the Brooklyn Children's Museum, by Kashani Stokley and his youth counselor Stan Morse. Mr. Morse encouraged him at the age of 12, to share his passion for dance with other youth in the community.
Since then, K.S. J.A.M.M. Dance Troupe has produced 26 annual recitals,
offered classes to over 600 students and has been exhibited in the Brooklyn Children's Museum, Brooklyn Historical Society and the Society for Preservation of Weeksville and Bedford Stuyvesant's traveling exhibit "The Crown Heights History Project" in 1994.
K.S. J.A.M.M. Dance Troupe's mission is to provide youth and young adults from economically disadvantaged backgrounds with a means of self-expression and self-development through exceptional dance, choreography and
costuming. The Troupe's name was established in 1994, by taking the first initial of each of the original members' name: K.ashani S.helly J.aphia A.frica M.alesha M.elanie
During our 12th year, we had to cope with the untimely passing of an extraordinary dancer, choreographer and friend Shelly Thompson. As a tribute to Shelly, the annual Dancer of the Year Award was re-named "The Shelly Thompson Dancer of the Year Award". This award recognizes a student who has exhibited exceptional dance capability, desired interest, overwhelming commitment and dedication to his/her self-development through dance.