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Children's Program

Fall dance classes begin Wednesday, September 7, 2016.
Location: Handel Performing Arts Center, 35 Westbourne Parkway, Hartford, Conn.

  • Class size is limited. Please call for availability.

The Children’s program is designed for students who have completed the Discovery and/or Tiny Tap level and are five years old, or children new to The Hartt School Community Divsion who are between the ages of five and six. All new ballet and tap students in this age range should first sign up for Pre-Ballet or Children’s Tap I. Once in class, students will be evaluated by the instructor as to which level will be most beneficial for the child.

Ballet

Pre-Ballet, Primary Ballet, and Secondary Ballet (ages 5−7 years)

When a child enters Pre-Ballet (age 5 or entering kindergarten), they are introduced to a greater understanding of ballet terminology and are capable of dancing with a more advanced sense of body awareness.

Students then progress to the Primary Ballet class (age 6 or entering first grade) where they continue to develop their ballet terminology and are introduced to the basic positions of ballet.

In Secondary Ballet (age 7 or entering second grade), students will be introduced to the structure of a traditional ballet class, including barre work, and will spend time developing proper alignment and the basics of ballet technique.

Students have the opportunity to perform in 3D Dance Dance Dance during the first weekend of June. Tuition listed for Pre-Ballet
, Primary Ballet, and Secondary Ballet classes includes a $65 spring performance costume fee.

Classes run for 34 weeks from September to June. Tuition is prorated after the first week of class.

2016-17 Pre-Ballet Schedule (age 5, kindergarten)

Class Day and time Full-year tuition
Pre-Ballet Saturday 9-10 a.m. $636.20
Pre-Ballet Saturday 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $636.20
Pre-Ballet Monday 4-5 p.m. $636.20
Pre-Ballet Tuesday 4:15-5:15 p.m. $636.20
Pre-Ballet Thursday 4:30-5:30 p.m. $636.20


2016-17 
Primary Ballet Schedule (age 6, first grade)

Class Day and time Full-year tuition
Primary Ballet Saturday 10:30-11:30 a.m. $636.20
Primary Ballet Saturday 11-12 p.m. $636.20
Primary Ballet Tuesday 4:30-5:30 p.m. $636.20
Primary Ballet Wednesday 4:30-5:30 p.m. $636.20

2016-17 Secondary Ballet Schedule (age 7, second grade)

Class Day and time Full-year tuition
Secondary Ballet Saturday 9-10:15 a.m. $646.40
Secondary Ballet Wednesday 4:30-5:45 p.m. $646.40
Secondary Ballet Friday 4:30-5:45 p.m. $646.40
Secondary Ballet Tuesday 5:15-6:30 p.m. $646.40

Children’s Tap & Hip Hop

(ages 5 years-teen)

Our Children’s Tap program provides 5 to 6-year olds with a solid foundation in tap. Students will learn tap dance steps and terminology, focusing on rhythm, musicality, agility and syncopation. Individuality and creativity will be nurtured as children learn the fundamentals of this high-energy dance form.  In Children’s Tap 1 and 2, students will gain a solid foundation in tap vocabulary, focusing on rhythm, agility, and syncopation.  Students have the opportunity to perform in 3D Dance Dance Dance during the first weekend of June. Tuition listed for Tap 1 & 2 includes a $65 costume fee. Tap 3, 4, 5, 6, and Hip Hop include a $32.50 spring performance costume accessory fee. 

Classes run for 34 weeks from Sept. to June. Tuition is prorated after the first week of class.
Location: Handel Performing Arts Center, 35 Westbourne Parkway, Hartford, Conn.

2016-17 Hip Hop Schedule

Class Level Day and time Full-year tuition

Hip Hop 1

ages 6-9 Friday 5:45-6:45 p.m. $603.70
Hip Hop 2 ages 10-14 Friday 6:45-7:45 p.m. $603.70

2016-17 Tap Schedule

Class Level Day and time Full-year tuition
Tap 1 ages 5-6, novice Saturday 10-11 a.m. $636.20
Tap 2 ages 7-8, novice/beginner Saturday 12-1 p.m. $636.20
Tap 3 ages 9-11, beginner/intermediate Tuesday 5:30-6:30 p.m. $603.70
Tap 4 ages 9-11, intermediate Tuesday 6:30-7:30 p.m. $603.70
Tap 5 ages 11-14, intermediate/advanced Monday 8-9 p.m. $603.70
Tap 6 ages 11-14, advanced Tuesday 8-9 p.m. $603.70


Jazz (ages 9 years−teen)

Jazz dance classes provide students with a strong working knowledge of the up-tempo discipline most commonly used in musical theatre and entertainment industries.  Jazz dance movements and terminology are taught with an emphasis on ballet technique foundation and include additional elements of stretch, strength, endurance, coordination and performance quality. Lower levels begin their training with a classic Broadway jazz concentration while upper levels incorporate more complex styles such as lyrical and contemporary jazz.


2016-17 Jazz Schedule
Class Level Day and time Full-year tuition

Jazz

Level 1 Friday 7-8 p.m. $544
Jazz Level 2 Monday 6:30-7:30 p.m. $544
Jazz Level 3 Monday 4-5 p.m. $544
Jazz Level 4 Wednesday 4:30-5:30 p.m. $544

Performance Opportunities

The Nutcracker

Students enrolled in Pre-Ballet, Primary Ballet, and Secondary Ballet are invited to enter a lottery to participate in the Community Division Dance Department’s production of The Nutcracker held in Millard Auditorium at the University of Hartford. The lottery will be held in September, once classes have started. If selected through the lottery, students must attend a placement audition (date TBA) and be available for rehearsals throughout the Fall and in the Production Week, December 4-18, 2016. Performances are December 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, and 18. Costume and Audition Fees will apply.

Spring Festival

Students enrolled in Pre-Ballet, Primary Ballet, Secondary Ballet, Tap, Jazz, and Hip Hop may perform in 3D:Dance,Dance,Dance. This production is a part of our Spring Festival and is held at Millard Auditorium at the University of Hartford June 3-5, 2016.

Save the Date:

  • 2016 Production of The Nutcracker is December 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18.
  • 2017 Spring Festival Performance Date of 3D: Dance, Dance, Dance is in early June. Dates TBA.
  • 2017 Spring Festival Performance Date of the full-length ballet is in early- to mid-June. Dates TBA.

Questions? Call us at (860) 768-6000 or email us at dancedesk@hartford.edu.

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