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2015-2016 Children's Program

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Ages 5 years-teen

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 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.

Pre-Ballet and Primary Ballet

(ages 5-6 years)

When a child reaches the age of 5, Pre-Ballet will help develop their understanding of vocabulary, body awareness, and technique.  Students progress to the Primary level classes where students will lay the groundwork for the next levels, bridging Children’s Ballet to Foundation Ballet. Students have the opportunity to perform in 3D Dance Dance Dance during the first weekend of June. Tuition listed for Pre-Ballet and Primary 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.

Pre-Ballet
(Age 5, kindergarden)

Class Location Day Time Tuition
Pre-Ballet Hartford Monday 4-5 p.m. $636.20
Pre-Ballet Hartford Tuesday 3:30-4:30 p.m.  $636.20
Pre-Ballet Hartford Saturday 11 a.m.-12 p.m. $636.20
Pre-Ballet Simsbury Monday 4:30-5:30 p.m. $636.20
Pre-Ballet Simsbury Thursday 3:30-4:30 p.m. $636.20


Primary Ballet
(Age 6, first grade)

Class Location Day Time Tuition
Primary Ballet Hartford Tuesday 4:30-5:30 p.m. $636.20
Primary Ballet Hartford Wednesday    4:30-5:30 p.m. $636.20
Primary Ballet Hartford Saturday   9-10 a.m. $636.20
Primary Ballet Hartford Saturday 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. $636.20
Primary Ballet Simsbury Monday 5:30-6:30 p.m. $636.20
Primary Ballet Simsbury Thursday 4:30-5:30 p.m. $636.20

Hartford dance studios: Handel Performing Arts Center, 35 Westbourne Parkway, Hartford, Conn.
Simsbury dance studios: Simsmore Square, 540 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury, Conn.


Students ages 7–8 yrs. may choose the Elementary Ballet level or enter the Pre-Professional Program at the Foundation Ballet level. Foundation level meets twice per week, with no audition required. For Foundation level schedule, see the Pre-Professional section of this packet starting on page 9. There are no performance opportunities for the Elementary Ballet level.

For more information on the Pre-Professional Program,
click here.
For more information on Elementary Ballet, see graph below.


Elementary Ballet
(ages 7-8 years)

Class Location Day Time Tuition
Elementary Ballet I Hartford Saturday 9-10 a.m. $571.20
Elementary Ballet I Simsbury Monday 6:30-7:30 p.m. $571.20
Elementary Ballet II* Hartford Thursday 4:30-5:30 p.m. $571.20

*one year of ballet is required prior to enrolling in this class.

Hartford dance studios: Handel Performing Arts Center, 35 Westbourne Parkway, Hartford, Conn.
Simsbury dance studios: Simsmore Square, 540 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury, Conn.

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 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.

Ages Class Location Day Time Tuition
Ages 5-7 Tap 1 Hartford Saturday 10-11 a.m. $636.20

Ages 7+

Hip Hop Hartford Tuesday 7-8 p.m. $603.70

Ages 7-9

Tap 2 Hartford Saturday 12:15-1:15 a.m. $636.20*

Ages 9-11
(Beginner/Intermediate)

Tap 3 Hartford Saturday 1:15-2:15 p.m. $603.70

Ages 9-11
(Intermediate/Advanced)

Tap 4 Hartford Thursday 7:30-8:30 p.m. $603.70
Ages 11+
(Advanced)
Tap 5 Hartford Friday 8-9 p.m. $603.70

Hartford dance studios: Handel Performing Arts Center, 35 Westbourne Parkway, Hartford, Conn.

Children’s Jazz
(ages 8 years-teen)

Tuition listed for Foundation Jazz includes a $32.50 spring performance costume accessory fee with performances scheduled for the weekend of June 3–4 2016.

Ages Class Location Day Time Tuition

Ages 8-10

Foundation Jazz Hartford Monday 5-6 p.m. $562.90

Ages 9+

Jazz 1* Hartford Friday 7-8 p.m. $544

Ages  9+

Jazz 2A* Hartford Thursday 6-7 p.m. $544

Ages 9+

Jazz 2B*
Hartford Monday 7-8 p.m. $544

Ages 9+

Jazz 3A* Hartford Thursday 4:30-5:30 p.m. $544


* Take class alongside students from the Pre-Professional ballet program! Placement required for Jazz levels 1-3A. 


Performance Opportunities

The Nutcracker

Students enrolled in Pre-Ballet and Primary 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 6 through 19, 2015. Performances are December 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, and 20. Costume and Audition Fees will apply.

Spring Festival

Students enrolled in Pre-Ballet may perform in 3D: Dance, Dance, Dance on the evenings of Friday, June 3 and Saturday, June 4, 2016. Both productions are part of our Spring Festival held at Millard Auditorium at the University of Hartford.

Save the Date:

  • 2015 Production of The Nutcracker is December 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, and, 20, 2015.
  • 2016 Spring Festival Performance Date of 3D: Dance, Dance, Dance is on Friday, June 3 & Saturday, June 4, 2016.
  • 2016 Spring Festival Performance Date of the full-length ballet is Friday, June 10; Saturday, June 11; and Sunday, June 12, 2016.

Registration Information

Download the complete registration packet from dance registration page

Resources for Dance Students

Trying dance for the first time? Check out our Dance Resources page for information about how to make a "ballet bun" and where to purchase dance apparel and accessories.


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

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