Faculty Donor Spotlight: Sarkis Kaltakhtchian
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Faculty Spotlight: Sarkis Kaltakhtchian

"I want to support the University because I believe in what it offers to the next generation."

Sarkis KaltakhtchianAs a member of the dance faculty of The Hartt School Community Division at the University of Hartford, Sarkis Kaltakhtchian feels fortunate to be able to share his experience and passion with the greater Hartford community through the University. He knows the importance of giving back to support the experiences and opportunities of the next generation.

You recently made a gift to the University of Hartford—what inspired you to make that gift?

I think it is important to give back to the community, especially an organization that nurtures the upcoming generation.

The Hartt School Community DivisionWhy is it important for you to support the University?

I want to support the University because I believe in what it offers to the next generation.

What are your top three favorite things about the University?

1. The University provides personal growth and security.
2. The atmosphere is welcoming and nurturing.
3. It is a versatile organization that interacts well together. 

What is one thing you wish other people knew about the University of Hartford?

The University of Hartford has outstanding and passionate educators in each department who are targeted on individual growth and success.

What is the best part of working at the University?

For me personally, it comes down to the people I work with who share the same passion as I do.

What is your favorite UHart tradition or event?

Even though I haven't been part of the University of Hartford for very long, I can see that it is filled with traditions and events that bring the community together.

The Nutcracker, December 2017 Photo: John Long. The Nutcracker, December 2017

More about Sarkis:

Sarkis Kaltakhtchian joined the University's The Hartt School Community Division in the fall of 2017. Originally from Armenia, he studied at the Choreographic Institute of Yerevan, where he graduated with honors. He has had an extensive history on stage with companies such as the Armenian National Ballet and the Ballets Classique de Montreal, and has also performed with the Banff Festival of the Arts, the Classical Ballet of Costa Rica, the Ottowa Ballet, the Hartford Ballet, and, in 1998, at the White House Millennium Council for then First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton. Kaltakhtchian started teaching while still dancing, under the guidance of Maxim Martirosian, former Artistic Director of Bolshoi Ballet School. After retiring from the stage in 2005, Kaltakhtchian became the Head Instructor for the Centre for Dance Education at Tulsa Ballet, and Director of Tulsa Ballet II. Prior to coming to the University of Hartford, he was the Artistic Vice Principal of the Charlotte Ballet Academy.

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