The Hartt School offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with programs in dance performance or ballet pedagogy (teaching), which are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD). Hartt dancers develop their skills through many performance opportunities, teaching internships, and participation in a rigorous conservatory-style curriculum with expert instruction from world-renowned faculty and guest artists. Performance opportunities begin in the first year of study and are available to all majors. Students train in classical ballet, modern dance, and contemporary techniques with additional coursework in music, dance composition, pedagogy, performance techniques, kinesiology, repertory, technology in 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 lifelong career in dance and prepared to lead the field into the future.
The ballet pedagogy emphasis is designed to prepare students for a career in dance education at the highest level. Students are trained to teach ballet to all ages in professional school and university dance programs. This major strongly emphasizes pedagogical structure and theory, covering different styles and schools of ballet and modern dance, from the earliest pre-ballet to coaching the advanced dancer. This emphasis incorporates classroom teaching and internships in both The Hartt School Community Division's dance classes and in area public schools. Students in the pedagogy program participate fully in the many performance opportunities available to Hartt's dancers. This program offers future dance teachers the opportunity to develop their ability to function as engaged and educated citizens throughout their careers.