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Calvin Bittner '17

Image of Calvin BittnerCalvin Bittner graduated from The Hartt School in 2017 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance and with University Honors. Growing up in North Carolina, Calvin was homeschooled, and at the age of eleven began studying dance at the Rocky Mount Dance Academy. He then attended the Raleigh School of Ballet where he studied until graduating high school.

Calvin was inspired to become a dancer because of his sister, who is also a graduate of The Hartt School. After taking dance classes for a few years, she convinced Calvin to try, and he has been dancing ever since.

At his time at Hartt, Calvin found the community to be very welcoming and supportive. He credits The Hartt School for preparing him for his current career by teaching him life skills such as organization, time management, stress management, focus and concentration, research skills, writing skills, networking, and more. He has learned to be versatile and adaptable and to face problems head on and from all angles.

One of Calvin's greatest accomplishments at The Hartt School was the creation of a piece entitled What Happened At The Garden Party. This piece was choreographed for his senior choreography project in the fall of 2016. In addition to the creating the choreography, Calvin also composed the music. The piece was featured at the American College Dance Association New England festival in March of 2017. What Happened at The Garden Party was selected to be performed at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in August of 2017. Fewer than ten pieces from the regional ACDA festivals were invited to perform at Jacob’s Pillow.

Now that Calvin has graduated, he plans on freelance choreographing, dancing, and teaching dance. He has accepted a position as a dancer with the Vivid Ballet in Hartford.

His advice for an incoming dance student? “Time management and organization is a must, and don't overload yourself. Keep a positive attitude, communicate with your teachers and classmates, and don't be resistant to change. You will change here, I can guarantee it.”

ERan Bugge '05

Headshot of Eran BuggeOriginally from Oviedo, Florida, Eran Bugge began her dance training at the Orlando Ballet School. She went on to study at The Hartt School of the University of Hartford under the direction of Peggy Lyman-Hayes, graduating Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in ballet pedagogy in 2005. She attended The Taylor School and the 2004 and 2005 Taylor Summer Intensives. Ms. Bugge has performed in works by Amy Marshall, Katie Stevinson-Nollet, and Jean Grand-Maître. She also was a member of Full Force Dance Theatre and the Adam Miller Dance Project. In the fall of 2005, Ms. Bugge was selected by Paul Taylor to join his Company.

Since joining the Company, Ms. Bugge has had the experience of creating 12 new dances with Mr. Taylor, and has performed in more than 45 of his works. She has danced feature roles in many of his masterpieces, including Piazzolla Caldera, Company B, the White Duet from Roses, and one of the lead roles in Sunset. She has toured the world with the Company, performing in locations such as China, Italy, Turkey, Norway, and Israel, as well as for the Queen of Thailand in Bangkok, and in the Odeon of Herodes Atticus at the Acropolis in Athens.

Eran loves to share Mr. Taylor's style through teaching and has taught workshops and master classes all over the world.

Dance Division Director Stephen Pier said, “Eran had an especially strong presence as a student at The Hartt School and has been able to translate her education into a career with one of our country’s most celebrated artists, Paul Taylor. To be a dancer in this world-renowned company, working in close collaboration with the master “Dancemaker” himself, is to have reached the pinnacle of the art form as a performer. Eran’s dedication to her art and the integrity with which she communicates her passion for dance are tremendous examples of what The Hartt School envisions for all of its students and alumni. We are honored to add her name to the list of extraordinary alumni of our school.”