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July 13–August 1

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SDI is an intensive summer training program for serious students. Our very own Hartt faculty are joined by renowned guest teachers to provide a well-rounded curriculum that challenges dancers to push past their limits and grow in their craft. The three-week program culminates in a special showcase of technique development and choreography that is open to family members. Students must be enrolled in a minimum of weeks 2 and 3 to be guaranteed participation in the final showcase. Housing options are available. 

Week 1: July 13–17, 2020
Week 2: July 20–24, 2020
Week 3: July 27–August 1, 2020
9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. | Monday–Friday

SDI Final Showcase: August 1

Students age 9+ are eligible to audition. Please see below for audition requirements!

BALLET - POINTE - REPERTOIRE - MEN'S CLASS - CHARACTER - MODERN - JAZZ - DANCE HISTORY - PAS DE DEUX

 

Schedule Breakdown
SMTI Jr

Morning Dance Program:
9:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Afternoon Add On - Musical Theatre:
1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

SDI Junior

SDI Junior is a half-day morning dance program. Students are encouraged to add on the afternoon musical theatre program for a full-day experience. Register for 1, 2, or all 3 weeks. Students must be enrolled in a minimum of weeks 2 and 3 of the morning program to be guaranteed participation in the SDI final showcase on August 1.

Students age 9+ are eligible to audition. Please see below for audition requirements!

More about the afternoon program:

Weeks 1 and 2
Musical theatre add on is a part of the Summer Musical Theatre Intensive Junior program. Students must enroll in both weeks 1 and 2 and will participate in the final SMTI Junior performance on July 24.

Week 3
Musical theatre add on will be taught by Kimberly West and will focus on classroom activities.

 

HCD Dancers at Work

Program Directors

Sarkis Kaltakhtchian
Artistic and Education Director, Faculty: Division III; Artist Teacher
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Jillian Cote
Administrative Director
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Hartt Faculty

Debra Collins Ryder
Artist Teacher
Dance

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Chelsea Massey
Faculty: Jazz and Tap
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Rene Olivier
Faculty: Division I, II, III, Adult; Artist Teacher
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Deborah Rosner
Faculty: Division II, III, Adult
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Katie Stevinson-Nollet
Professor of Dance
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Cameron Whitney
Office Coordinator, Faculty: Pre-K, Division I
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Liudmila Polonskaya

Liudmila Polonskaya

SDI Resident Guest Faculty

Liudmila 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. 

Cristin Cawley-Gill

Cristin Cawley-Gill

SDI Guest Faculty

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, 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.

Jill Henderson

Jill Henderson

SDI Guest Faculty

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. 

Kimberly West

Kim West

SDI Junior Guest Faculty

Kimberly West is a transplant from Atlanta, Ga., where she spent 13 wonderful years working, teaching and directing for the Alliance Theatre Education Department. While in Atlanta, West directed an independent film and worked on the hit show Cartoon Fridays with Cartoon Network of Turner Studios. Since moving to Connecticut, West has taught for Oddfellows Playhouse, Performing Arts Programs, Hartford Children’s Theatre, Hartford Stage, and others. West spent eight years teaching as a Core Artist Instructor in the theatre department at CREC’s Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, where she was the recipient of the 2014–15 Artist Instructor of the Year award. Also at the Academy, West directed eight black box productions, including Trojan Woman set in Bosnia 1994—during the height of the genocide. In 2014, West earned her Master’s in Education from the University of Saint Joseph specializing in Multiple Intelligence theatre and Arts Integration. At Oddfellows Playhouse, West was honored to be asked to direct both teen rep productions for the 2016–17 season. This year also marks a new adventure for West, she’s now teaching theatre to pre-K through fourth grade at CREC’s Ana Grace Academy of the Arts.

Audition and Program Information

Tuition Details

SDI

Tuition: $500 per week

Two weeks: $900 ($100 off)

Three weeks: $1,300 ($200 off)

SDI Housing

One week: $1,000

Two weeks: $2,200 (one weekend excursion included)

Three weeks: $3,400 (two excursions)

Must be registered for SDI

SDI Junior

Morning Only: $300 per week

Afternoon add-on: $300 per week

All 3 weeks with afternoon add-on: $1,600 ($200 off) 

Audition in Person

In-person audition dates are currently to be determined.

Students aged 9–12:
Registration begins at 10:30 a.m.
Audition runs from 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Students aged 13–18:
Registration begins at 12:30 p.m.
Audition runs from 1:00–3:00 p.m.

All in-person auditions take place at the
Handel Performing Arts Center
35 Westbourne Parkway
Hartford, CT 06112

What should I bring to the audition?

  • Your completed audition form
  • Your $25 audition fee
  • Three photos: headshot, tendu a la seconde, first arabesque 

For more information or to sign up for an audition, contact the Hartt Community Division Dance office at 860.768.6000 or dancedesk@hartford.edu.

Audition Online

Step 1: Download the audition form 
Step 2: E-mail completed audition form and link to your YouTube video audition to dancedesk@hartford.edu 
Step 3: Mail the $25 audition fee to:

Handel Performing Arts Center
Community Division Dance Department 
Room S110
ATTN: Cameron Whitney
35 Westbourne Parkway
Hartford, CT 06112

Checks should be made payable to Hartt School Community Division. 

Video Audition Requirements 

Barre Work
(one side only)
Center Work
(one side only)
Plie Adagio
Battement tendu Pirouettes
Rond de jambe à terre  Petit Allegro
Battement fondu Grand Allergro
Grand battement jeté

 

Boys and Men

Pointe Work (based on student's level)
Two turning combinations Relevé
Petit allegro with beats Enchappé
Tours en l'air, single or double Pirouettes

Younger students may omit the above and submit a video consisting of five minutes of barre work and five minutes of center work appropriate for their level of training. There is no audition deadline–we will stop accepting applications when the program is full. 

Audition by DVD

Step 1: Download the audition form
Step 2: Mail completed audition form, $25 audition fee, and DVD video audition to:

Handel Performing Arts Center
Community Division Dance Department 
Room S110
ATTN: Cameron Whitney
35 Westbourne Parkway
Hartford, CT 06112

Checks should be made payable to Hartt School Community Division. 

Video Audition Requirements

Barre Work
(one side only)
Center Work
(one side only)
Plie Adagio
Battement tendu Pirouettes
Rond de jambe à terre  Petit Allegro
Battement fondu Grand Allergro
Grand battement jeté

 

Boys and Men

Pointe Work (based on student's level)
Two turning combinations Relevé
Petit allegro with beats Enchappé
Tours en l'air, single or double Pirouettes

Younger students may omit the above and submit a video consisting of five minutes of barre work and five minutes of center work appropriate for their level of training. There is no audition deadline–we will stop accepting applications when the program is full.

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.

Housing Details

AMENITIES INCLUDE:
  • Traditional double-occupancy dorm rooms on the UHA campus
  • Bedroom furniture consists of a bed, desk, desk chair, and a dresser.
  • Shared bathrooms on each floor
  • Resident Advisor supervision (10:1)
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Fresh linen package
  • Use of laundry facilities
  • WIFI access
  • Air conditioned & smoke free

Housing is available to students that register for the full-day SDI program only.

The Facility

Handel Performing Arts Center

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

This 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.