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July 13–July 31


SDI has gone virtual!

Our 2020 Summer Dance Intensive will take place digitally this year. Instructions for how to participate from your computer or tablet will be sent to you upon registration.

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. 

Week 1: July 13–17, 2020
Week 2: July 20–24, 2020
Week 3: July 27–July 31, 2020
Virtual Parent/Guardian Observation: Friday, July 31

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


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

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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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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.

Audition and Program Information

Audition Online

Step 1: Download the audition form 
Step 2: E-mail completed audition form and link to your YouTube video audition to 
Step 3: Click here to pay the $25 audition fee.

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. 

Daily Schedule and Tuition

SDI Junior: 9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Classes Offered: Ballet, Jazz, Conditioning, and Historic Dance 

Classes Offered: Ballet, Jazz, Conditioning, Composition, and Character

Tuition: $300 per week

SDI: 12:00–5:45 p.m.

Classes Offered: Ballet, Pointe/Pre-Pointe, Character, Jazz, Dance History, Repertoire, Composition, and Modern

Classes Offered: Ballet, Pointe, Character, Dance History, Modern, and Repertoire (Ballet and Modern)

Tuition: $400 per week

Dress Code

  • 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
  • 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.