Classical Ballet Program

Floor work.
Division II, Level 3

The Hartt School Community Division (HCD) Dance Department offers a core program of classical ballet training for students aged 5 through high school. Additionally, several performance opportunities are available to HCD students each season.

The goal of the program is to provide a solid foundation for future collegiate studies and/or careers in the field of dance. Training in character dance and modern dance are required elements of the program for students in Divisions II and III. Students are encouraged to enroll in supplemental classes in jazz, which are available to all students as elective components.

Beyond Ballet
Hopak performance

In addition to our core ballet training, HCD curriculum includes classes in character and modern. Our students have had the opportunity to perform in a multitude of genres in events throughout the community. Repertory ensemble members compete annually in local and national competitions.

The Classical Ballet Program is divided into three divisions

The divisions represent important curricular milestones, much like elementary school, middle school, and high school. The age ranges in the chart below indicate typical class placement levels for certain age students.

It is our goal to support all students in attaining the highest levels of mastery and achievement. Every effort is made to place students in the level which will provide them the most benefit. Each student progresses through the training program at his/her own pace.

Advancing through the divisions

Recommendations for progression through the successive levels are made by our directors with input from our faculty members on an annual basis. It is expected that students will spend more than one year in some levels, depending upon their readiness for promotion and their age at entry into the program. Currently enrolled and continuing students receive annual evaluations based on an assessment of their progress during the year.

Class level placements and promotions from level to level are made by HCD faculty and Director of Dance, and are solely at their discretion.

Sarkis working with Division III students.

Students enrolled in the Classical Ballet Program are required to take the entire program of study offered at their placement level. All new students ages 8+ must take a placement class and fill out a placement form.

Our daughter has studied at the Hartt School Community Division Dance Department for over seven years and we are so grateful for this unique and special place. The teachers and staff are passionate about dance, give their students strong and focused training in dance technique, and help them to develop their artistry and expression. Our daughter feels very encouraged, supported, and cared for by her teachers. She is full of joy at Hartt and has so much fun.

Carrie Rusconi, HCD Parent

Division I

New students enrolling in Division I classes will be asked to take a placement class to determine their proper level. Please fill out the placement class form above and e-mail the completed  form to the Dance Department at dancedesk@hartford.edu. This initial placement class  is free of charge, and allows the HCD faculty to assess  the training background and readiness of each individual student.

 

Level Days/Week Class Length
A 1 1 hour
B 1 1 hour
C 2 1.25 hours

Division II

Levels 1-3 build on the skills learned in Division I. Students are introduced to a more structured ballet training regimen, designed to prepare them for more demanding physical and technical work. Students are required to attend classes multiple days each week. Historic dance is added to the ballet curriculum in Level 3.

The growing vocabulary and additional training time demanded in Division II represents a significant progression in the development of a dance student. New students are required to take a placement class to determine their level of study. Please fill out the placement class form above and e-mail the completed form to the Dance Department at dancedesk@hartford.edu.

Level Days/Week Program Includes
1 2 Ballet 
2 2 Ballet 
3 3 Ballet 

Division III

Division III is designed to provide more advanced students with the comprehensive program necessary to support them in reaching their potential, both technically and artistically. Lessons increase in length and frequency. Pointe work is introduced for ladies. Character and modern dance classes are added to the ballet training curriculum. New students are required to take a placement class to determine their level of study. Please fill out the placement class form above and e-mail the completed form to the Dance Department at dancedesk@hartford.edu.

Level Days/Week Program Includes
4 3 Ballet, pointe, character dance 
5 4 Ballet, pointe, modern dance 
6 5 Ballet, pointe, modern dance, repertoire

 

Division III students also have the opportunity to take our Piano for Dancers course.

Dress Code

Click here to review the dress code.

Questions?

Please call us at 860.768.6000 or e-mail us at dancedesk@hartford.edu.

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