In the spring of 2002 while on a walk in a Washington DC neighborhood, Janet and Chris watched a group of young people performing outside a dance studio. This scene played out for a few weeks. Chris and Janet came to realize that the young dancers outside the studio were enjoying the music emanating from the dance studio, but not the benefit of the teaching.
One day they asked the dancers if they could have lessons would they be interested. Janet and Chris then asked the teacher if she was paid would she teach the dancers. And Comis was formed, with the clear intent of providing opportunities for those who had desire but not the resources.
Since the early years Comis has funded many projects that aim to level the playing field. Chris has since passed but Comis continues the vision Janet and she had to provide the way because while talent may be spread evenly throughout humanity; opportunity is not.