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The Hartt School offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with programs in Dance Performance or Ballet 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, 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 lifelong career in dance and prepared to lead the field 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, and choreography while participating in some pedagogical training as well. 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.