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Our distinctive faculty are our best asset. We embrace and promote their high level of training, knowledge, and professionalism.

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Carol Roderick, Chair of Dance and Artistic Director

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Carol Roderick received her formal pedagogical training with the late Jürgen Schneider (Bolshoi Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, American Ballet Theatre) and Gabriela Komleva (Kirov/Mariinski Ballet). She has taught, coached, and trained teachers for professional companies, universities, and prestigious schools in the United States, Canada, Japan, and Europe. She is known as a meticulous, skilled, and inspirational teacher.  Read MorePrograms: ballet

Melissa Chasse, Assistant Director of Dance Administration

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Melissa is a national award-winning tap and jazz choreographer who brings a high level of administrative leadership experience to the Dance Department.  Read MorePrograms: jazztaphip hop

Jillian Cote, Assistant to the Chair of Dance

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Jillian Cote graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 2006. She has inspired young dancers with her teaching throughout the New England area in both contemporary and ballet for over 10 years.  Read MorePrograms: ballet

Susannah Marchese, Ballet Master

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Susannah Marchese is originally from New York, where she began her ballet training with Leda and Andre Eglevsky. For the HCD Dance Department, Marchese has choreographed The Red ShoesThe Swan PrincessSymphony #8The Nutcracker, and The Young Composer’s project “GO” for HarttWorks.  Read MorePrograms: balletdance conditioning

Cristin Cawley-Gill

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Cristin Cawley-Gill holds a BFA, cum laude, from the Conservatory of Dance at SUNY Purchase. She has taught dance in Connecticut since 2004 and was most recently on faculty at The Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, Starship Dance Studio, and The Eastern Connecticut Ballet.  Read MorePrograms: modern

Sandra Even

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Sandra Even began her dance training at the age of six under the auspices of Sylvia Clay in Haverhill, Mass. She received her teacher training at The Royal Ballet School in London, England, studying under Valerie Adams and Hope Keelan.  Read MorePrograms: ballet

Julianne Guarnieri

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Julianne Guarnieri received her early dance training at the Educational Center for the Arts. She went on to earn her diploma in Dance Pedagogy and Performance at the Hartford Conservatory and Bachelors degree in Individualized Studies in Dance from Charter Oak State College.  Read MorePrograms: ballet

Stephen Hankey

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Stephen Hankey is a choreographer, performer, and teacher. He holds a BFA from the University of Hartford's The Hartt School.  Read MorePrograms: ballet

Jill Henderson

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Prior to moving to the USA in 1992, Jill Henderson lived and worked in the UK where she was a pioneer in the world of dance in public education. As a teacher of dance composition, Jill nurtures her students as creative artists in the firm belief that all children are choreographers.  Read MorePrograms: composition

Britt Lynch

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Britt (Rescsanski) Lynch is a native of Connecticut, where she began studying dance at the School of Hartford Ballet. She holds a BFA in Dance Performance and BS in Business Management from the University of Hartford and is currently an MBA candidate.  Read MorePrograms: balletdance conditioning

Libby Nye

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Libby Nye, a graduate of the Juilliard School, has been a soloist and principal dancer with many companies including the Jose Limon Company and The American Dance Theater at Lincoln Center. She was director and choreographer of her own company in New York and has taught and reconstructed Limon works throughout Europe, Canada, and the United States.  Read MorePrograms: modern

Tia Perry

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Tia Perry is a graduate of the University of Hartford's Hartt School with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Ballet Pedagogy. She loves working with children of all ages and teaching them the joys of dance.  Read MorePrograms: ballet

Rosi Docal Pizzuto

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Rosi Docal Pizzuto trained at Scuola di Danza Brenda Hamlyn in Florence, Italy, and the School of the Hartford Ballet. She has her BA from Trinity College.  Read MorePrograms: ballet

Peter "P-Boogie" Reynolds Jr.

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Peter "P-Boogie" Reynolds is cofounder of Studio-8-Sixty located in Hartford, Conn., cofounder of Village of Poppers (New England Dance Crew), and an independent dance instructor at the Artist Collective, Charter Oak Culture Center, and The Hartt School Community Division.  Read MorePrograms: hip hop

Henry Seth Jr.

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Henry Seth Jr. began his ballet training at the age of 10 with the School of the Hartford Ballet. He attended the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of the New York City Ballet (NYCB). Following his preprofessional training at SAB, Henry became an apprentice with NYCB in the spring of 1995 and was later invited to join the Company as a member of the corps de ballet.  Read MorePrograms: balletdance conditioningboys and men's dance

Mary Sylvester

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Mary Sylvester is a dance educator and choreographer. Sylvester is a State of Connecticut Certified Educator in Dance Education (grades K-12), and Elementary Education (grades K-6).  Read MorePrograms: balletjazztap

Robyne Watkin

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Robyne Watkin received her formal training at the The Royal Academy of Dance in her native Johannesburg South Africa, graduating with honors and her teaching certification. Throughout her fifteen year tenure with the Hartford Ballet Company, Watkin performed major roles in the full-length classics and contemporary works by major choreographers and held the positions of Ballet Mistress and Principal Company Teacher and was Co-Director of Hartford Ballet Chamber Company.  Read MorePrograms: ballet

Darlene Zoller

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Darlene Zoller studied dance at Point Park College and trained at Luigi's, DC Danceworks, and the Tidewater Ballet. She is the cofounder and co-artistic director of Playhouse on Park. She also teaches for The Hartt School Community Division Dance Division and is an instructor at Big Sky Fitness in Vernon, Conn.  Read MorePrograms: tapjazz