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Sara Fastow ('11)

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Dance - Ballet Pedagogy Emphasis

Why I Chose Hartt

I knew when I was looking at colleges that I wanted more than just a run-of-the-mill dance degree. I also knew I would be unsatisfied with receiving only strong modern training: I wanted ballet class every day. I wanted to graduate with a degree in teaching dance, so that I would be able to pass on my knowledge to the next generation. And I didn't want to give up my passion for English language and literature that had been fostered throughout my middle and high school years. But real conservatory training, skills to teach the next generation of dancers, and personal academic fulfillment seemed like too much to ask of any one school.

Most colleges simply couldn't offer me everything I wanted - but Hartt stood out on my list. Because Hartt provides a conservatory environment within a larger university, it offers amazing professional dance training as well as the potential to pursue an academic minor. The deciding factor for me was the availability of a ballet pedagogy major, which is only offered by a few schools in the country.

I added it all up, came to visit, and found that the level of performance displayed by both the dance performance majors and the pedagogy majors was absolutely outstanding. Watching "Panorama," a ferocious work by Martha Graham, I was riveted in my seat - I almost didn't know whether to lean in closer to the stage or to jolt back from the shock of such spitfire. My mom turned to me and asked me what I thought of the piece. My reply? "Those dancers look like they're about to kill me! I want to come to this school!"

Three years later, I am confident I have made the right choice. I love being busy and getting to do everything that I want to within the space of a week. Balancing a ballet pedagogy major and an English minor is certainly not for the fainthearted. But I think it will be worth the effort in the end.

More about Sara

Sara Fastow grew up in Long Island, New York. She attended the American Theater Dance Workshop from the age of 7 until through high school, studying ballet, pointe, theater dance, modern, and tap. Her teachers there included Cassandra Phifer, Ali Pourfarrokh, Luba Gulyaeva, Jocelyn Soulet, John Anzalone, and Robert Bianca. During that time, Sara performed with American Theater Dance Workshop Company and the Eglevsky Ballet. Sara has attended various summer dance intensives, including those of ABT, Miami City Ballet, and the New York State Summer School of the Arts. She hopes to dance and teach professionally when she graduates from Hartt in 2011.

Full Body Shot:
Photo credit: Sasha Charoensub
Costume: Laura Kimsey

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