Classical Ballet Program at The Hartt School Community Division
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Classical Ballet Program

Preprofessional dancers at The Hartt School Community Division

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, tap and hip hop, which are available to all students as elective components.

The Classical Ballet Program is divided into three Divisions. These 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. 

Preprofessional dancers at The Hartt School Community Division

Each level represents an essential step in the curriculum of the training program. 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.

Recommendations for progression through the successive levels are made by faculty 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.

Students enrolled in the Classical Ballet Program are required to take the entire program of study offered at their placement level. Students are encouraged to supplement these classes with additional offerings in the Youth Jazz, Tap and Hip Hop programs.

Division I

LevelAgeDays/weekClass length
A5–611 hr.
B6–711 hr.
C7–811.5 hrs.

New students enrolling in Division I classes will be placed according to age. New students who are age 8 or above will be asked to take a “placement class” to determine their proper level. This initial placement class is free of charge, and allows the HCD faculty to assess the training background and readiness of each individual student.

Division II

LevelAgeDays/weekProgram inclusions
18–92Ballet, floor barre
29–102Ballet, floor barre
39–113Ballet, floor barre, historic dance

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.

Division III

LevelAgeDays/weekProgram inclusions
411–133Ballet, pointe, character dance
512–144Ballet, pointe, modern dance
614+5Ballet, pointe, modern dance, repertoire

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.


View the upcoming schedule and tuition for the Classical Ballet Program.


Review the 2017–18 dress code (PDF).

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