Saturday, January 24, 2015

An Update on the Hartt Dance Division

Last semester, Hartt hosted Misty Copeland for a master class with the dance students. Misty stands out for her warmth, passion, and genuine love of the art of ballet. It was thrilling to watch her impart her passion and knowledge to the Hartt dancers and watch them all revel in it. Her visit was an event they will remember throughout their lives.

It is events like this that distinguish Hartt our school from others. Hartt has a top notch ballet faculty committed to real professional practice and standards and fosters a repertoire of the best ballet choreographers from Petipa and Bournonville through Balanchine and on to those who are working today. The school also has, of course, very meaningful preparation in contemporary forms, which gives the dancers a strong foundation for success in their chosen field.

The work speaks for itself. Recently, four professional ballet companies have offered contracts to graduates of The Hartt School’s BFA program. Graduates of our Ballet Pedagogy program are teaching at prestigious schools in New York City and elsewhere including the Joffrey School (three graduates), Ballet Academy East, and Peridance Capezio Center. That is on top of the many dancers who are finding success in the modern and contemporary dance world. This is extraordinary for a school of Hartt’s size. The Dance Division should be proud of what it has accomplished in the last four years since Stephen Pier has joined as director of the division.

To read more about Misty’s visit, and see photos taken during her master class, please visit the UNotes article .

The Hartt faulty is very grateful for the encouragement and support of the school’s alumni and other supporters as it continues to strengthen the program and provide the best opportunities for the students to create successful lives in ballet and dance.

If anyone would like to make a gift to the dance program at Hartt, please visit our giving page and select “Other/Dance” in the designation box.

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