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2014-2015 Children's Program

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Fall 2014 dance classes begin Friday, September 5.

Ages 5-6 years

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, June 5 and 6, 2015.

Classes run for 35 weeks from September to June. Tuition is prorated after the first week of class.

Class Location Day Time Tuition
Pre-Ballet Hartford Monday 4:00 -5:00 pm  $653.00
Pre-Ballet Hartford Tuesday 4:30-5:30 pm $653.00
Pre-Ballet Hartford Wednesday 4:00-5:00 pm $653.00
Pre-Ballet Hartford Saturday 10:00-11:00 am $653.00
Pre-Ballet Hartford Saturday 10:30-11:30 am $653.00
Pre-Ballet Simsbury Monday 4:45-5:45 pm $653.00
Pre-Ballet Simsbury Wednesday  4:15-5:15 pm  $653.00
Pre-Ballet Simsbury     Saturday  10:30-11:30 am $653.00 
Primary Ballet Hartford Monday 5:00-6:00 pm $653.00
Primary Ballet Hartford Wednesday    5:00-6:00 pm  $653.00
Primary Ballet Hartford Saturday   11:15-12:15 pm  $653.00
Primary Ballet Simsbury Tuesday 4:30-530 pm $653.00
Primary Ballet Simsbury Wednesday 5:15-6:15 pm $653.00
Primary Ballet Simsbury Saturday 11:30-12:30 pm  $653.00

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

Children’s Tap I and II
(ages 5-6 years)

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, June 5 and 6, 2015.

Classes run for 35 weeks from September to June. Tuition is prorated after the first week of class.

Class Location Day Time Tuition
Children's Tap I Hartford Saturday 9:00-10:00 am $653.00
Children's Tap II Hartford Saturday 12:15-1:15 pm $653.00

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

Performance Opportunities

The Nutcracker

Students enrolled in the Children’s Program 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 on Saturday, September 13, 2014, and be available for rehearsals throughout the Fall and in the Production Week, December 8 through 15, 2013. Performances are December 13, 14 and 15. Costume and Audition Fees will apply.

Spring Festival

Students enrolled in Pre-Ballet, Preparatory Ballet and Children’s Tap I and II may perform in 3D: Dance, Dance, Dance on the evenings of Friday, June 5 and Saturday, June 6, 2015. Students enrolled in Primary and Primary Plus may perform in our full-length ballet production (TBA). Both productions are part of our Spring Festival held at Millard Auditorium at the University of Hartford.

Save the date:

  • Nutcracker Placement Audition is on Saturday September 13, 2014.
  • 2014 Production of The Nutcracker is TBA.
  • 2014-2015 Spring Festival Performance Date of 3D: Dance, Dance, Dance is on Friday, June 5 & Saturday, June 6, 2015.
  • 2013-2014 Spring Festival Performance Date of the full-length ballet is TBA.

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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