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The Hartt School Community Division’s summer dance program From Studio to Stage culminates with a fully-staged and costumed production of the ballet Coppélia.  Directed by world-renowned Artistic Director Bruce Marks, this performance is on Saturday, July 28, at 7:30 PM, in Millard Auditorium, University of Hartford, 200 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford.  Guest artist Eddy Tovar, former Principal Dancer with the Texas Ballet Theater and Orlando Ballet, will perform the role of Franz.  There is a pre-performance talk with Bruce Marks from 6:30 PM to 7:00 PM in Millard Auditorium (included in the ticket price).  Tickets are $10 and are available by calling the University Box Office at 860.768.4228 or 800.274.8587 or online at www.hartford.edu/hartt.

This classic ballet, a perennial favorite about a doll that comes to life, is among the repertory of all the major companies around the world.  The charming tale is a great introduction to ballet because of its easy-to-follow story line.  Mr. Marks describes Coppélia as “a comedic masterpiece first performed in Paris in 1870.  Its popularity is attested to by the fact that it is the most performed work in the history of the Paris Opera.”

From Studio to Stage is a four-week intensive program that aims to provide dancers with a distinctive experience in which they go well beyond the technical training of the studio to experience all elements of performance.  Mr. Marks states, “I have had the pleasure of working with almost all of the important ballet artists of the second half of the 20th century.  These include choreographers such as George Balanchine and Anthony Tudor and partners such as Cynthia Gregory and Natalia Markarova.  My job now is to transfer that knowledge to the next generation of dancers.”

In preparation for this performance, dance students from Brazil, Louisiana, Florida, Massachusetts, and all over Connecticut work with Mr. Marks and the skilled faculty including: Vicente Hernandez, Founder of “Preparacion Fisica” for the Cuban National Ballet School; Samantha Dunster, Chair, The Hartt School Community Division Dance Department; and Katie Stevinson-Nollet, Artistic Director of Full Force Dance Theatre and Associate Professor of Dance for The Hartt School.

Photo credit: John Long     

Pictured (L to R): Solana Snow

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