Hartt's Dance Division produces two main-stage concerts every year showcasing students in the works of the most significant choreographers past and present. Concerts are fully produced and often in collaboration with live music from the Hartt Music Division. In addition, dance students perform in Musical Theater and Opera productions as well as in an ever expanding roster of mentored interdisciplinary collaborative events.
Senior Composition Concert
As part of their composition curriculum, senior dance majors present two black box concerts a year for which they create group choreographies and commission solo choreography for themselves from professional choreographers. They hold auditions to cast their undergraduate classmates in their work, and manage every aspect of the production from advertising and fundraising to designing costume and lighting. The educational experience exactly mirrors that of a professional choreographer's responsibilities.
While matriculating to graduation, students in good standing are selected and paid to perform with many professional companies including Hartford Stage, Hartford Symphony, Full Force Dance Theatre, Eastern Connecticut Ballet and others.
The Hartt School Dance Division offers an unparalleled opportunity to dancers who wish to seriously pursue a career as performing artists or dance educators in a conservatory-style curriculum while, at the same time, earning a college degree. Hartt offers one of the few dance programs accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD) in Connecticut. At the core of the program is a system of rigorous technical studies in classical ballet, modern dance, and contemporary techniques designed to prepare the aspiring professional dancer to become a leader in the field of dance in the 21st century. In addition, there are courses in specific dance academic subjects, as well as the considerable resources of academic excellence available through the University of Hartford. The program allows aspiring professionals the opportunity to work with world-renowned faculty who guide their work in the studio and on stage throughout their training. This program offers future dance performers and teachers the opportunity to develop their craft and artistry in a challenging yet nurturing environment while expanding their ability to function as engaged and educated citizens throughout their careers.
In their first year, students are placed in technical levels according to their ability and experience. Their progress is frequently and carefully assessed to insure they are properly challenged and functioning at their best. After their first year, students choose between a performance or a pedagogy emphasis. Students in both branches perform in the division's many productions throughout the year and performance majors also take some pedagogy classes. The curriculum includes course work in music, dance composition, performance techniques, kinesiology, repertory, technology for dance, and dance history. It is our goal to graduate technically competent, knowledgeable artists who are capable of adapting to the varied demands of a career in dance and prepared to lead the field into the future.