Dance faculty at The Hartt School Community Division
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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


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

Jillian Cote, Assistant to the Chair of Dance


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 and Production Coordinator


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: ballet

Tino Ardiente


Tino Ardiente has been seen in countless Hartt School musical and theatre productions and has been performing around the New England area in theatres such as The Goodspeed Opera House, Playhouse on Park, and Interlakes Theatre.  Read MorePrograms: tapjazz

Rosi Docal Pizzuto


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

Julianne Guarnieri


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

Sarkis Kaltakhtchian


A native of Armenia, Sarkis Kaltakhtchian studied at the Choreographic Institute of Yerevan, where he graduated with honors. Thereafter, he joined the Armenian National Ballet. In 1989, Kaltakhtchian was invited to join Ballets Classique de Montreal.   Read MorePrograms: ballet

Jane Krantz


In addition to teaching dance at HCD, Jane Krantz, a graduate of The Hartt School, teaches yoga in the Hartford area as well as dance and choreographing at dance schools in the Connecticut and New York areas.  Read MorePrograms: tapjazz

Libby Nye


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

René Olivier


René Olivier started her career in South Africa in 1990 with Natal Performing Arts Council Ballet Company, later renamed The Playhouse Dance Company. She has performed countless featured and principal roles.  Read MorePrograms: ballet

Peter "P-Boogie" Reynolds Jr.


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

Collaborative Pianist: Cathy Lord


Cathy Lord is a collaborative pianist playing for recitals, ballet classes, choirs, and performances.  Read More

Collaborative Pianist: Dina Simanovich


Pianist Dina Simanovich holds a Master for Music from St. Petersburg Conservatory and a Bachelor of Music from St. Petersburg Music College in Russia. She has also earned diplomas as a piano soloist, piano instructor, and accompanist.   Read More