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Dance Performance

The Hartt School offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with programs in dance performance or dance pedagogy (teaching), which are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD). Hartt dancers develop their skills through many performance opportunities, teaching internships and participation in a rigorous conservatory-style curriculum, with expert instruction from world-renowned faculty and guest artists. Performance opportunities begin freshman year and are available to all majors. Students train in classical ballet, and modern dance and contemporary techniques with additional coursework in music, dance composition, pedagogy, performance techniques, kinesiology, repertory, technology in dance, and dance history. It is our goal to graduate technically competent, knowledgeable artists, capable of adapting to the varied demands of a career in dance and prepared to lead the field of dance into the future.

The Dance performance emphasis is designed to prepare students for careers in dance as professional performing artists. Students in this program focus on technique, performance, choreography and participate in some pedagogical training. In addition, they partake of the considerable resources of academic excellence available through the University of Hartford.  This program offers future dance performers the opportunity to develop their craft and artistry in a challenging yet nurturing environment while expanding their ability to function as engaged and educated citizens throughout their careers.



Major in Dance - Performance Emphasis (131 credits)

First Year

Subject Code Course Title Credits Credits
Sem. 1 Sem. 2
DFA 134 Pilates - 1
DFA 120-121 Classical Ballet I 2 2
DFA 122 Jose Limon Technique 2 -
DFA 124 Martha Graham Technique I - 1
DFA 130 Ballet Pedagogy I 2 -
DFA 132-133 Pointe I 1 1
DFA 150 Improvisation - 1
DFA 160-161 Repertory/Performance I 1 1
DFA 162-163 Variations/Pas de Deux I 0.5 0.5
DFA 166-167 Production Practicum I 0.5 0.5
DFA 270 Dance Kinesiology I - 3
TH 130-131 Music Theory/Ear Training for Dancers 2 2
MUS 110,111 Paranov Performance Hour 0.5 0.5
RPW 110 - 111 Rhetoric and Writing I - II 3 3
HLM 020 Information Literacy in the Performing Arts 0 -
M Math Elective 3 -
Total Credits 17.5 17.5

Second Year

DFA 140 Movement Fundamentals I 3 -
DFA 220-221 Classical Ballet II 2 2
DFA 123 Jose Limon Technique - 2
DFA 125 Martha Graham Technique I 2 -
DFA 232-233 Pointe II 1 1
DFA 250 Elements of Composition - 2
DFA 260-261 Repertory/Performance II 1 1
DFA 262-263 Variations/Pas de Deux II 0.5 0.5
DFA 266-267 Production Practicum II 0.5 0.5
DFA 271 Dance Kinesiology II 3 -
DFA 272 Musicianship for Dancers - 2
DFA Pedagogy Elective 2 -
MUS 110,111 Paranov Performance Hour 0.5 0.5
HLM 100 Introduction to Music I 3 -
AUC All-University Curriculum - 3
Total Credits 18.5 14.5

Third Year

DFA 170 Dance History I - 3
DFA 320-321 Classical Ballet III 2 2
DFA 326-327 Contemporary Dance Forms 2 2
DFA 332-333 Pointe III 1 1
DFA 350 Process of Composition 2 -
DFA 360-361 Repertory/Performance III 1 1
DFA 362-363 Variations/Pas de Deux III 0.5 0.5
DFA 390 Technology in Dance 3 -
DFA Dance Elective - 2
ART 100/211/212 Aspects of Art or History of Western Art II or III 3 -
AUC All-University Curriculum - 3
  Academic Elective 3 -
Total Credits 17.5 14.5

Fourth Year

DFA 171 Dance History II 3 -
DFA 420-421 Classical Ballet IV 2 2
DFA 424-425 Graham/Limon Tech./CDF Elect One: DFA 222-223/224 OR 426/427 2 2
DFA 432-433 Pointe IV 1 1
DFA 450 Problems in Composition 2 -
DFA 474 Dance Production 2 -
DFA 460-461 Repertory/Performance IV 1 1
DFA 462-463 Variations/Pas de Deux IV 0.5 0.5
DFA Dance Elective - 1
AUC All-University Curriculum 3 3
  Academic Elective - 3
Total Credits 16.5 13.5

Note: The Dance Division requires a grade of B- or higher in all DFA courses.


 

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