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We believe in the transformative power of performing arts.

The Hartt School Community Division (HCD), the community extension of The Hartt School, is proud to provide a learning environment that engages, enriches, and transforms aspiring artists from pre-k to adult. 

We are committed to the development of the whole artist through a complement of instruction, collaboration, performance, outreach, and creative exploration. 

HCD is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music and the National Association of Schools of Dance.  

We look forward to welcoming you to our community! 

HCD has more than 150 music educators — specialists in their instruments and fields — who focus on the development of well-rounded musicians, from practice to performance.

HCD’s dance program offers a comprehensive curriculum of technical training, repertoire, and performance opportunities, designed to prepare students to pursue their individual goals, whether they be professional, collegiate, or life enrichment.

Several of HCD’s programs were specially designed with college-preparedness in mind. Our experienced faculty members are here to help each and every student get a head start on a collegiate-level education.

Our People

Sarkis Kaltakhtchian

Artistic and Education Director, Dance

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.

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

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