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From Studio to Stage

July 9–August 4, 2018

An intensive summer training program for dedicated ballet students age 12–college

Rigorous daily schedule of training classes and rehearsals, culminating in final performances

Ballet | Pointe | Repertoire | Men’s Class | Character | Modern | Dance History

2017 students in Character class with Eva Janiszewski

Pictured: 2017 students in Character class with Eva Janiszewski

From Studio to Stage is a four-week intensive training course for dedicated ballet students. Guest master teachers include renowned artists of the professional dance world and are supplemented by faculty of the The Hartt School Community Division.

The rigorous schedule of classes begins with a three-hour block of ballet technique and pointe/men’s classes. Afternoon classes in classical repertoire, modern, and character are followed by rehearsals and coaching sessions to prepare for the final performance held on the last day of the program. 

The Teacher Training Workshop is held during the second week of the program, offering professional teachers and aspiring teachers the opportunity to study together in a setting which also provides access to student classes and master teachers.

All classes and rehearsals are held in the beautiful Handel Performing Arts Center (HPAC) at the University of Hartford. The facility features five beautiful studios, two performance spaces, dressing and locker rooms, and spacious public spaces. The building and its surrounding parking lots have round-the-clock security provided by the University of Hartford.

Classes are held MondayFriday of each week. Additionally, some weekend activities are offered to participating students. A separate registration for the Excursion Package will be included with your registration materials. Note that the final performance is held on a Saturday.

Residential accommodations are available. Transportation to and from classes is included in this package. Please check the Housing section below for more detailed information and costs.

General Information

Tuition, sample class schedule, audition information, past performances, and more.

2018 Tuition

Students may register for any number of weeks. A discount is offered for the full-week program. 

  • Audition Fee: $25

  • Registration Fee: $50

  • Full 4-week Program: $1800 (save $200!)
    Weekly tuition: $500/week

  • Merit and need-based scholarship opportunities available by audition and application. 

Participants will be invoiced upon registration. Tuition deposits are due within two weeks of invoice date. Full balances are due by July 1, 2018.

Sample Class Schedule

9:0011:00: Ballet Technique

11:0012:00: Pointe/Men’s Technique

12:0012:45: Lunch Break

12:452:15: Character or Modern

2:153:45: Repertoire or Rehearsal

3:455:30: Dance History/Dance Guest Faculty Q&A/Repertoire Rehearsal

Audition in Person

REQUIRED MATERIALS

Please bring the following items with you.

  • Audition form (PDF)
  • $25 audition fee
  • Headshot
  • Photo in 1st arabesque on pointe
  • Photo in tendu à la seconde

Auditionees should wear a solid black leotard, pink tights, pink ballet shoes (pointe shoes if applicable).

Note that registration begins 30 minutes prior to each audition.

HARTFORD, CONN.

The Hartt School Handel Performing Arts Center, 35 Westbourne Parkway, Hartford, CT  06112

  • Saturday, February 3, 2018
    12–2 p.m. (FSTS)
  • Saturday, March 3, 2018
    12–2 p.m. (FSTS)
  • Saturday, April 28, 2018
    12–2 p.m. (FSTS)

Audition online

1. Download the 2018 Audition Form (PDF)

2. Email completed audition form and link to your YouTube video audition to fsts@hartford.edu

3. Mail the $25 audition fee to 

ATTN: Carol Roderick
Handel Performing Arts Center
University of Hartford
HCD Dance Department, Room S110
35 Westbourne Parkway
Hartford, CT 06112

VIDEO AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

Barre work (one side only)

  • Plie
  • Battement tendu
  • Rond de jambe à terre
  • Battement fondu
  • Grand battement jeté

Center work (one side only)

  • Adagio
  • Pirouettes
  • Petit Allegro
  • Grand Allegro

Boys and men

  • 2 turning combinations
  • Petit allegro with beats
  • Tours en l’air, single or double

Pointe work (appropriate to the student’s level)

  • Relevé
  • Echappé
  • Pirouettes

There is no audition deadline. We will stop accepting applications when the program is full. 

Audition by DVD

1. Download the 2018 Audition Form (PDF)

2. Mail completed audition form, $25 audition fee, and DVD video audition to

ATTN: Carol Roderick
Handel Performing Arts Center
University of Hartford
HCD Dance Department, Room S110
35 Westbourne Parkway
Hartford, CT 06112

VIDEO AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

Barre work (one side only)

  • Plie
  • Battement tendu
  • Rond de jambe à terre
  • Battement fondu
  • Grand battement jeté

Center work (one side only)

  • Adagio
  • Pirouettes
  • Petit Allegro
  • Grand Allegro

Boys and men

  • 2 turning combinations
  • Petit allegro with beats
  • Tours en l’air, single or double

Pointe work (appropriate to the student’s level)

  • Relevé
  • Echappé
  • Pirouettes

There is no audition deadline. We will stop accepting applications when the program is full. 

Housing

Housing is available for From Studio to Stage students (12+). Please check back for details.

Facility

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

HPAC

Located at the corner of Albany Avenue and Westbourne Parkway in Hartford, the 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. 

Handel Performing Arts Center dance studio 2016

GETTING HERE 

  • By car: Conveniently located near Interstate 91 and Interstate 84. Parking lots are monitored by Public Safety and are free of charge.
  • By bus or train: Minutes away from Hartford’s Union Station
  • By airplane: Bradley International Airport is located only 20 minutes north in nearby Windsor Locks

HOTELS NEARBY

Hilton Hartford
860.728.5151
315 Trumbull Street
Hartford, CT 06103

Marriott
860.249.8000
200 Columbus Blvd.
Hartford, CT 06103 

Homewood Suites
860.524.0223
338 Asylum Street
Hartford, CT 06103

Residence Inn
860.524.5550
942 Main Street
Hartford, CT 06103

Excursions

Check back for 2018 excursions.

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
  • Black camisole leotard for performance

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. 

FAQs

Q: I am currently enrolled in the HCD program. Do I need to audition?

A: No. If you are currently a student in our program, you will be receiving information on how to register. No audition is necessary. 

Q: I have not yet begun my training in pointe work. Do I still qualify for the program?

A: If you are 8–11 years old, you are eligible for our From Studio to Stage II program. If you are 12 years of age or older, you must be on pointe to qualify for From Studio to Stage.

Q: Do I need to register for the entire program in order to perform?

A: No. However, you do need to be present. Our goal is to include as many students as possible. Students not enrolled in the entire program will perform at the discretion of the faculty and choreographer. 

Q: How are students divided into levels?

A: New students may be asked to take a placement class on the first day of each week. Programmatic offerings are consistent through the levels, so if adjustments need to be made after we get to know you better, we will be able to do so without difficulty.

Past Guest Faculty

Summer 2017

Ted Kivitt, Michelle Lucci, Pia Russo, Victoria Lane Green, Joan Lazarus, Debra Collins-Ryder, Adriana Suarez, and Gianni Di Marco

Summer 2016

  • From Studio to Stage: John Gardner and Amanda McKerrow
  • From Studio to Stage II: Lara Tant

Summer 2015

  • From Studio to Stage: Xiomara Reyes
  • From Studio to Stage II: Zoica Tovar

Summer 2014

  • From Studio to Stage: Angel Corella
  • From Studio to Stage II: Jessica Kilpatrick

Summer 2013

  • From Studio to Stage: Laura Alonso

Summer 2012

  • From Studio to Stage: Bruce Marks
For more information, contact the Hartt Community Division office at 860.768.6000 or fsts@hartford.edu