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Summer Dance Intensive

July 15–August 3

An intensive summer training program for serious students Ages 8-18.

Half day program available for students aged 8-10 or HCD students in Level 1.

Full day program available for students aged 10-18 or HCD students in Level 2-6.

Rigorous daily schedule of training classes and rehearsals, culminating in a final showcase.

Audition required for students not currently enrolled in AY 2018-2019 HCD Dance programming.

Audition in person, online or by DVD. See below for specifics

Register online!

Ballet | Pointe | Repertoire | Men’s Class | Character | Modern | Dance History

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This page will be updated as additional faculty, including world renowned guest artists, are added to the programming.

Artistic and Education Director

Sarkis Kaltakhtchian

Sarkis KaltakhtchianA 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. He also performed with Banff Festival of the Arts, Classical Ballet of Costa Rica, Ottowa Ballet, Hartford Ballet, Charlotte Ballet, and Tulsa Ballet Theatre.

As a soloist and principal dancer, his repertory included the works of George Balanchine, Marius Petipa, Choo-San Goh, Alonzo King, Val Caniparoli, William Forsythe, Paul Taylor, Nacho Duato and Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux. In July 1998, Kaltakhtchian performed for First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton at the White House Millennium Council. Kaltakhtchian started teaching while still dancing, under the guidance of Maxim Martirosian, former Artistic Director of Bolshoi Ballet School.

Director of Dance Administration

Jillian Cote

Jillian Cote

Jillian Cote holds a BFA in Dance degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her ballet training began in Kingston, N.H., with James Franklin, and continued with Ballet New England in Portsmouth, N.H., under the direction of William Pizzuto and Angela Sears. Her Vaganova-based pedagogical training was with Rose and Charles Flachs of the Massachusetts Academy of Ballet, supplemented by study with Mansur Kamaletdinov (Kirov Ballet) and Marcia Dale Weary (Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet). Cote has been teaching at The Hartt School Community Division since 2009.

Resident Guest Artist

Liudmila Polonskaya

thumbnail_Liudmila-Photo.jpgLiudmila Polonskaya was born in Russia in the region of Crimeia. In 1967, at the age of ten, she joined the Vaganova Ballet Academy in St. Petersburg, graduating in 1974.

In 1977, Ms. Polonskaya was promoted to first ballerina of the Maly Opera Theater in St. Petersburg, where she interpreted the leading roles of classic repertoires such as Swan Lake, Le Corsaire, Giselle, Paquita, Raymonda, La Bayadere, Don Quixote, Romeo and Juliet, Sleeping Beauty and the Nutcracker. During this period she had the opportunity to travel with the company to France, England, Italy, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, japan, Italy and Holland. In 1995, Ms. Polonskaya graduated in Ballet Pedagogy at the Vaganova Ballet Academy in Russia with a diploma of Choreographer and Teacher of Classical Ballet, Character and Historical Dance. Ms. Polonskaya was hired by the Vaganova Ballet Academy where she taught classical ballet from 1995 – 2000. During this time she was invited to teach at ballet schools in Australia, Japan, Korea and Brazil.

Over the years, her students have been awarded important prizes in national and international competitions such as the Grand Prix de Lausanne and Youth America Grand Prix, and scholarships to Canada’s National Ballet School and The Harid Conservatory. They can also be found dancing professionally for Royal Ballet, ABT, Monique Ballet Theater, and Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet.

In 2006, Ms. Polonskaya was invited to teach at Tulsa Ballet. She was promoted in 2009 to the position of School Principal and Director of the Second Company.

In 2011 in Houston and 2012 in Dallas in the regional semi-final Youth American Grand Prix Competition, students of the Tulsa Ballet coached by Ms. Polonskaya won numerous prestigious awards including Grand Prix. Tulsa Ballet School was named Best Ensemble, Best Group and Outstanding School in 2011 and 2012 in the Semi-finals of the YAGP.

Ms. Polonskaya acted as a judge at the American Dance Competition in Orlando. She regularly participates as Artistic Director of Summer Intensive Program of Tulsa Ballet Center of Dance Education and she has taught master classes and workshops within the United States and in outer countries as a guest teacher.

Ms. Polonskaya was a member of the faculty at the Gelsey Kirkland Academy in New York City from 2014 to 2017. She also teaches Master Classes at Joffrey Ballet and Brighton Ballet in New York City.

Ms. Polonskaya now works for several nationally known schools as a guest teacher. She also conducts Master Classes for teachers.

HCD Faculty

Chelsea Massey

Chelsea Massey began her technical dance training in Staunton, Virginia at ValleyChelsea MasseyDance Theater under the direction of Kimberly Field. Her passion for all dance forms was enriched with training under the guidance of dance masters such as Frank Hatchett, Joshua Bergasse, Dustin Phillips, and Tony Vitale, enabling her to become proficient in jazz, lyrical, hip hop, ballet, modern, and tap. During her time in high school, she also completed the Royal Academy of Dance curriculum and attended the Governor’s School for the Performing Arts.

Her studies continued at Shenandoah University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BFA in Dance and a BFA in Dance Education, earning her a Virginia State Teaching License in Dance. She has toured her own choreography in Macedonia, Greece, New York, Pennsylvania, and the Cataluyna Region of Spain. Chelsea has also been commissioned to choreograph works for various individuals among which have been a Miss Virginia pageant contestant, many competition solos, and several groups participating in regional charity events.

Most recently, Chelsea received her MFA in Dance from Sarah Lawrence College under the direction of Sara Rudner. Her thesis work focused on movement empowerment, authentic musicality, and improvisational storytelling. Along with her ongoing creative projects and endeavors, Chelsea finds shaping creative artists to be an enticing challenge and loves using movement and dance as her educational outreach initiative.

Mary Ann Mayer

Photo of Mary Ann MayerMs. Mayer’s early training began in Rhode Island studying under the direction of Herci and Myles Marsden, Anton Dolon, Christine Hennessey, Winthrop Corey and Lydia Petine.  As a founding member of Festival Ballet Providence, Ms. Mayer performed roles in many company productions while earning a BA from the University of Rhode Island. Following her performance career, she worked as stage manager for the company for several seasons before turning her focus to the teaching and training of young dancers. Much of her pedagogical training came through course study at the National Ballet School of Canada and with Jurgen Schneider and David Howard.

From 1991 to 1996 she served as Ballet Mistress, worked as choreographer and later as Acting Director of Dance at the Performing Arts School of Worcester; returning to Festival Ballet Providence in 1998 as a faculty member and as the Assistant to the Faculty Chairman. 

In 2004, Ms. Mayer became Festival Ballet Providence's School Director. The school made great strides under the guidance of Ms. Mayer and through the artistic vision of Misha Djuric, Artistic Director. Together they have taken the school to a place that boasts a distinguished international faculty, an outstanding young children's program, a trainee program for advanced level students, an extensive financial aid program, engaging summer programs, and an open enrollment feature that provides the community access to ballet through a variety of classes and workshops.

During her time at Festival Ballet Providence Ms. Mayer collaborated with many Russian teachers who influenced her teaching philosophy. She incorporated the Vaganova methodology into her  training and coaching of young dancers.  At FBP she created curriculum, staged multiple productions, and coached many young dancers for regional ballet competitions. Her students have gone on to dance with professional companies and study at prestigious schools and universities throughout the country. Her commitment to training and inspiring young dancers continues to enrich her life while offering her students training that is technical, clear, precise and unmannered.

René Olivier

René OlivierRené Olivier started her career in South Africa in 1990 with Natal Performing Arts Council Ballet Company, later renamed The Playhouse Dance Company. In 1991 she received the "Most Promising Dancer" award from Friends of the Playhouse Dance Company, and in 1997 she was awarded the First National Bank Vita award for her performances with the Playhouse Dance Company. In 1998 she joined Alberta Ballet in Calgary, Canada, and from 1999–2009, she was a soloist with Tulsa Ballet Theater. She transitioned from professional dancer to teacher in 2009, joining the faculty of the Charlotte Ballet in 2010. Olivier joined HCD in 2017.

She has performed featured and principal roles in George Balanchine’s Rubies and Serenade, Jerome Robbins’s Fancy FreeIn the Night and The Concert, Antony Tudor’s Gala Performance, Stanton Welch’s Bruiser, Paul Taylor’s Black Tuesday, Twyla Tharp’s Nine Sinatra Songs, Michael Smuin’s Romeo and Juliet, Agnes de Mille’s Rodeo, Christopher Wheeldon’s Carnival of the Animals, Amedeo Amodio’s Carmen, Brigit Cullberg’s Miss Julie, Nacho Duato’s Na Floresta and Coming Together, Jean-Paul Comelin’s Firebird, Ali Pourfarrokh’s Nutcracker, Galina Samsova’s Sleeping Beauty, Ben Stevenson’s Cinderella, Marcello Angelini’s Swan Lake, Mark Hawkins’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Ashley Killar’s Coppelia, Nicolas Beriozoff’s Petrushka, and Ma Cong’s Carmina Burana.

 

Guest Faculty

Cristin Cawley-Gill

Cristin Cawley-GillCristin 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, Hartt Community Dance Divison, and The Eastern Connecticut Ballet. Cawley-Gill is, also, a member of the NADINE Project, under the direction of Janet Soares and Libby Nye.

Debra Collins-Ryder

Debra Collins-RyderDebra Collins Ryder, a Philadelphia native, began her professional ballet career in New York City before joining the Hartford Ballet, under the direction of Michael Uthoff. She traveled extensively with the company throughout the U.S., Latin America, and China, and was featured in many full-length ballets, including The Nutcracker, Coppelia, Dracula, and Alice in Wonderland. Since 2006, Ryder has been a member of The Hartt School faculty teaching ballet, pointe, and dance history, and has choreographed several original works. In 2013, Ryder was honored with the University of Hartford’s Sustained Excellence in Teaching Award for part-time faculty. Prior to her arrival at The Hartt School, she co-directed the Eastern Connecticut Ballet and taught at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts. Ryder graduated with honors from Virginia Intermont College with a degree in ballet teaching and was on full scholarship at the American Ballet Center (the school of the Joffrey Ballet). Recently, she has been working with the Connecticut Dance Alliance as Dance History Consultant on the exhibit "Connecticut Dances: a visual history," which opened in January 2017.

Rachel Tecora Tucker

rachel-tecora-tucker.jpgRachel Tecora Tucker is currently on faculty at the Manhattan School of Music teaching ballet for the Musical Theater Department. In addition, Ms. Tucker is on faculty at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) teaching modern and jazz. She returns to New York City after teaching dance at the University of North Carolina- Charlotte, with course assignments including Horton Based Modern, Contemporary Jazz, Beginning Ballet, Improvisation, Hip Hop, Pilates and Performance Practicum. During her time in Charlotte she was on faculty at the Charlotte Ballet Academy, formerly North Carolina Dance Theatre’s School of Dance, under the direction of Patricia McBride and Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux. Here, she taught and choreographed for the conservatory, pre-professional and apprentice program divisions. She has also taught at the young adult programs of the Alvin Ailey School and Steps On Broadway in New York City. Ms. Tucker began her formal dance training under the direction of Ballet Master Sylvester Campbell at The Baltimore School for the Arts. She received her BA in Dance from Point Park University and Master of Fine Arts degree in Dance from Hollins University, in affiliation with the American Dance Festival, The Forsythe Company and The University of Music and Performing Arts in Frankfurt, Germany.

As a professional dancer, Ms. Tucker danced with the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, where she studied under master instructor of the Lester Horton Technique, James Truitte. There, she performed works by Ulysses Dove, Talley Beatty, Donald McKayle, Eleo Pomare, Donald Byrd and Dwight Rhoden. She later joined the National Tour of ‘The Wiz”, directed and choreographed by George Faison whom she later assisted on other projects. As well, Ms. Tucker performed as a Radio City Rockette at Radio City Musical Hall. While in New York, Ms. Tucker was involved in many freelance commercial projects with contemporary choreographers such as Mike Malone, Michael Peters, Karole Armitage, Bobby Longbottom, Jerry Mitchell, Freddie Moore and Jean-Pierre Reggioro, which allowed her performance opportunities in New York, Las Vegas, France, Germany, and Japan. Ms. Tucker is an original member of the Broadway production of Disney’s, “The Lion King”, directed by Julie Taymor and choreographed by Garth Fagan. She was one of two original dance captains alongside Aubrey Lynch and was later promoted to the off-stage position of Resident Dance Supervisor for The National Touring Company, maintaining the choreography and movement of the show.

Ms. Tucker continues her work with young artists through master classes, workshops and dance festivals. Most recently she was choreographer for the Stagebound Summer Vocal Intensive held at The National Opera Center in New York City. She is also certified to teach Pilates and Yoga and incorporates these corrective and strengthening techniques in her teaching. She is excited to join the Hartt School Community Division faculty for the summer intensive program.

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. During her UK career, she taught, choreographed, and advised in a wide variety of educational contexts, including K-12 dance programs; teacher preparation and in-service; arts curriculum development and adult and community education. From 1989 to 1992, she was director of the education program for the Sadlers Wells Royal Ballet (which became The Birmingham Royal Ballet in 1990).

In the US, from 1993 to 1996, Jill was the Arts Coordinator for the creation and writing of Connecticut State Department of Education’s Guide to Program Development in the Arts K-12, including the Arts Standards for Connecticut. 1996-2004, she was the Administrative Director for MetaArts, Inc. and the Judy Dworin Performance Ensemble.

As a dance educator in Connecticut, Henderson has taught at Central Connecticut State University; Trinity College, Hartford; University of Hartford; the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, the Hartt School Community Division Dance Department.

As a teacher of dance composition, Jill nurtures her students as creative artists in the firm belief that all children are choreographers. In her classes creativity and imagination are encouraged with a strong emphasis on purposeful collaboration and thoughtful discussion.

She is a founding member of the Connecticut Dance Alliance and is a past President. 2014-17 she was the director of the CDA Dance History Project and in 2017 received the CDA Distinguished Achievement in Dance award.

As a collage artist, Jill exhibits her work in local and regional galleries.

Katie Stevinson-Nollet

nollet-bio.jpg Katie Stevinson-Nollet was the Artistic Director of Full Force Dance Theatre for over twenty years. She is an Associate Professor at the University of Hartford/Hartt School/Dance Division where she teaches Contemporary Dance Forms, Composition, Repertory, Dance for Camera and Directs the Senior Composition concerts. Her professional experiences as performer, choreographer and teacher, have taken her throughout the US and abroad.

She was a member of San Diego Dance Theatre; Isaacs McCaleb and Dancers; Patricia Sandback and Dancers; Carolyn Dorfman and Dancers; Full Force Dance Theatre, and has enjoyed performing the work of multiple independent choreographers including Monica Bill Barnes, Peter Sparling, Mary Cochran and Lisa Race. Ms. Stevinson-Nollet’s choreography thrives in collaboration and delves in the exploration of the human condition.

Her work has been presented at numerous venues and festivals across the country and internationally. Recently her work could be seen at The Bushnell Performing Arts Center performing with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, at the Forward Festival performing with Sybarite5, the Provincetown Dance Festival, and has had her work presented in Taiwan, Tokyo, and London over the summer. Other performances have been at the Norfolk Music Festival with Ransom Wilson, Jacobs Pillow inside/out, Sushi Performance Gallery in San Diego, The Florida Dance Festival, The International Arts Festival in New Haven, the Kaleidoscope Festival in Los Angeles, and various sites and venues throughout New York City including Joyce SoHo and the 92nd Street Y. For the past few years Katie has also focused her creative time in exploring the art of Screendance.

The recipient of numerous awards and honors, Katie holds a B.A. in Dance from San Diego State University, an M.F.A. in Dance from the University of Michigan, and a Certificate from the London Contemporary School of Dance.

Stephen Pier

Pier-bio2.jpgStephen Pier has performed throughout the world with the Royal Danish Ballet, the Hamburg Ballet, the José Limón Company and as a guest artist. His repertoire spanned a vast range including the works of Petipa, Bournonville, Balanchine, Cranko, Kylian, Limón, and Neumeier. He created roles in original works for choreographers John Neumeier, Maurice Béjart, Kim Brandstrup,and Laura Dean. Critically acclaimed as “highly defined, a tour de force”, “ a dancer of tremendous taste and insight.”, “one of the most gifted dancers on the modern dance scene today.” Mr Pier went on to became internationally known as a teacher and coach for both Limón work and Ballet. He taught for the Royal Danish Ballet’s company and school while serving as ballet master from 1990 -1996. He served on the faculty of the Juilliard School from 1996-2010, Alvin Ailey School, Martha Graham Center, Regional Dance America, New York International Ballet Competition and for many notable companies in Europe, America and Asia including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Atlanta Ballet, Bat Dor, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Introdans, Scapino Ballet, New National Theater Tokyo, and Wayne McGregor’s Random Dance. His students have danced in companies around the world including, The Royal Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Forsythe Company, Netherlands Dance Theater, Martha Graham Company, Lar Lubovitch, José Limón Dance Co., Mark Morris Dance Group, Doug Varone Dancers, Cullberg Ballet, Cedar Lake Ensemble, Alvin Ailey and Bat Sheva.

In 2004 Mr. Pier began PierGroupDance to explore and collaborate with dancers and artists in various art forms. He has created over 40 works for the concert stage, opera, theater, and film. His work has been presented by The Hamburg Ballet (Ger.), Royal Danish Ballet, Royal Danish Theater, Royal Danish Opera, Bat Dor (Israel), The New National Theater (Japan), the Juilliard Dance Ensemble, The Di Capo Opera Company (NYC), Nilas Martins Dance Company, and the Dance on Film Festival at Lincoln Center. In 1998 he was selected to be part of Jacob’s Pillow Choreographer’s Project. He co-founded and directed the emerging choreographer’s workshop, “Danses”, at the Royal Danish Ballet 1990-1996

Stephen was the Artistic Director of Juilliard’s innovative Mentoring Program from 2007 - 2010 and in September 2008 he began a 3-year tenure as director of Visions and Voices: Altria/ABT Women’s Choreography Project at American Ballet Theater. In October of 2009, Mr Pier was recruited for the position of Director of the Dance Division at The Hartt School, University of Hartford.

Michelle Fiertek

fiertek-bio.png“Soprano Michelle Murray (Fiertek) brings heat and soul…singers without appetite for what they sing are merely specters, but Murray is alive and full-blooded…effortlessly musical.” - Arizona Republic

In her early years Connecticut soprano Michelle Murray Fiertek appeared in numerous musicals and opened “The Voyage of the Little Mermaid” for Disney MGM studios in Orlando, FL, as one of the original Ariels. She went on to work as the lead singer aboard the S. S. Discovery I and, in 1995, became the first American singer to be invited to perform both Japanese and American music in Minakami, Japan. Michelle later attended Arizona State University, graduating summa cum laude in 2001 with a double Bachelor’s Degree in choral education and vocal performance.

In 2003, Michelle and pianist David Murray released their first album, Blue: The Complete Cabaret Songs of William Bolcom and Arnold Weinstein (Summit Records), described as “exemplary” by BBC Music Magazine and named “CD of the week” by the Arizona Republic and KBAQ-FM. Michelle completed a Masters of Music in Vocal Performance at California State University Long Beach in 2007, where she also served as a member of the voice faculty. Michelle made her Carnegie Hall debut in December 2005, performing selections from her first album in Weill Recital Hall. Her performance was described as “First rate – engaging and authentic” in New York Concert Review. In September 2006 she released her second album for Summit Records, The Juliet Letters.

Michelle has been a faculty and guest recital artist at venues including California State University, San Bernardino, Arizona State University, California State University, Long Beach, California Baptist University, Riverside Community College, Georgia Southern University, and Naugatuck Valley Community College. Michelle has also been featured as a soloist in many large-scale choral works, including Fauré’s Requiem, Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Mass in C Minor, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Bach's B Minor Mass and Handel’s Dettingen Te Deum and Messiah. In 2007 she was invited to study and perform Spanish Art Song in Granada, Spain under the direction of such famed musicians as pianist Miguel Zanetti and mezzo-soprano Teresa Berganza, and she returned in the summer of 2009 as a guest recital artist.

Michelle has a DMA in vocal performance from The Hartt School, University of Hartford. She resides in Connecticut where she is active as a performer and educator.

General Information

Tuition, sample class schedule, audition information, past performances, and more.

2019 Tuition

Students may register for any number of weeks.

  • Audition Fee: $25

  • Registration Fee: $25

  • Weekly tuition: $500/week

  • Merit and need-based scholarship opportunities available by audition and application. 

No registration fee for 2018-19 HCD dance students.
Registration fee nonrefundable.

payment plans now available!

A $250.00 minimum deposit is required at checkout, and remaining tuition will be billed in 3 monthly installments in May, June, and July.


No refunds for program tuition after May 1, 2019.
See program-specific policies on registration website.

Scholarship Application Form

Sample Class Schedule

9:30–11:00: Ballet Technique

11:00–12:00: Pointe | Men’s Technique

12:00–1:00: Lunch 

1:00–2:30: Character or Modern

2:30–3:30: Repertoire | Variations

3:30–4:30: Dance History | Repertoire | Jazz

Audition in person

Audition Date: March 30, 2019

Time: Registration begins at 10:30 a.m.

11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. – Students aged 8-12

Registration begins at 12:30 p.m.

1:00-3:00 p.m. – Students aged 13-18

Location:
Handel Performing Arts Center
35 Westbourne Parkway
Hartford, CT 06112

Please bring to the audition:

Your completed 2019 Audition Form (PDF)
Your $25 audition fee
Three photos: Headshot, Tendu a la seconde, First arabesque

Audition online

1. Download the 2019 Audition Form (PDF)

2. Email completed audition form and link to your YouTube video audition to dancedesk@hartford.edu

3. Mail the $25 audition fee to 

ATTN: Jillian Cote
Handel Performing Arts Center
University of Hartford
HCD Dance Department, Room S110
35 Westbourne Parkway
Hartford, CT 06112

VIDEO AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

Barre work (one side only)

  • Plie
  • Battement tendu
  • Rond de jambe à terre
  • Battement fondu
  • Grand battement jeté

Center work (one side only)

  • Adagio
  • Pirouettes
  • Petit Allegro
  • Grand Allegro

Boys and men

  • 2 turning combinations
  • Petit allegro with beats
  • Tours en l’air, single or double

Pointe work (appropriate to the student’s level)

  • Relevé
  • Echappé
  • Pirouettes

There is no audition deadline. We will stop accepting applications when the program is full. 

Audition by DVD

1. Download the 2019 Audition Form (PDF)

2. Mail completed audition form, $25 audition fee, and DVD video audition to

ATTN: Jillian Cote
Handel Performing Arts Center
University of Hartford
HCD Dance Department, Room S110
35 Westbourne Parkway
Hartford, CT 06112

VIDEO AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

Barre work (one side only)

  • Plie
  • Battement tendu
  • Rond de jambe à terre
  • Battement fondu
  • Grand battement jeté

Center work (one side only)

  • Adagio
  • Pirouettes
  • Petit Allegro
  • Grand Allegro

Boys and men

  • 2 turning combinations
  • Petit allegro with beats
  • Tours en l’air, single or double

Pointe work (appropriate to the student’s level)

  • Relevé
  • Echappé
  • Pirouettes

There is no audition deadline. We will stop accepting applications when the program is full. 

Facility

The Mort and Irma Handel Performing Arts Center, 35 Westbourne Parkway, Hartford, CT 06112

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Located at the corner of Albany Avenue and Westbourne Parkway in Hartford, the 56,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility provides performance and rehearsal spaces, classrooms, and studios for students in The Hartt School’s Dance and Theatre Divisions, as well as the Hartt Community Division’s Dance Department. It is a vibrant, new center for dance and theatre instruction and performances at one of the key gateways to the city of Hartford. It has five dance studios, four theatre rehearsal studios, three vocal studios, and two black-box theatres, as well as faculty offices and a community room. Comfortable dressing and shower facilities are available, and the five spacious dance studios have high ceilings, wooden barres, mirrors, Harlequin multi-layered sprung dance floors, and state-of-the-art sound systems, Smart Boards, and pianos. 

Handel Performing Arts Center dance studio 2016

GETTING HERE 

  • By car: Conveniently located near Interstate 91 and Interstate 84. Parking lots are monitored by Public Safety and are free of charge.
  • By bus or train: Minutes away from Hartford’s Union Station
  • By airplane: Bradley International Airport is located only 20 minutes north in nearby Windsor Locks

HOTELS NEARBY

Hilton Hartford
860.728.5151
315 Trumbull Street
Hartford, CT 06103

Marriott
860.249.8000
200 Columbus Blvd.
Hartford, CT 06103 

Homewood Suites
860.524.0223
338 Asylum Street
Hartford, CT 06103

Residence Inn
860.524.5550
942 Main Street
Hartford, CT 06103

Dress Code

FEMALE

  • Solid color, short sleeved, camisole, or tank leotard
  • Pink convertible tights and pink ballet slippers
  • Pointe shoes
  • Character shoes (1-1.5” heel)
  • Character skirt

MALE

  • White leotard or dance shirt and black convertible tights
  • White socks and white ballet slippers

No jewelry, dark nail polish, leg warmers, t-shirts, or sweatshirts. Hair must be firmly secured in a bun. 

For more information, contact the Hartt Community Division office at 860.768.6000 or dancedesk@hartford.edu