Hartt School/University of Hartford
Posted 08 March 2011 - 05:16 PM
New director, Stephen Pier, has fabulous career and looks having modern background.
And looking at Performance videos which can be browsed at Hartt web site, I think modern performances are more excellent than classical works.
Seeing the curriculum described in web site, there is only one pointe class per week every year.
I have not visited Hartt and have not seen any class or performance there, so my feeling may not precise.
Any opinion and advice will be much appreciated.
Posted 08 March 2011 - 05:34 PM
Tom - the problem we found with being at the bottom of the barrel in the dance program, is that your dancer will not get the roles that will give him/her the best exposure. In many programs, your dancer will not even be in the performing company. We were careful to choose a program in which everyone is given a chance to perform in each show. Also, I question whether the nurturing, caring-type program you are suggesting is out there? Ballet is a very competitive world, as far as getting a performing job is concerned. So perhaps the professors prepare the students for this by expecting a great deal and not spending much time on the ones that need a lot of encouragement and support. Now, it might be different in schools where the goal is not performance, but pedagogy. I'm just not sure anymore as we've just had an experience with a top ballet "caring" program that didn't seem to care if they lost a student. So in evaluating programs, I think it is imperative to be very careful in screening the programs to pick those whose ultimate goal for the students' careers is in keeping with the path your dancer wants to take. I'd actually ask the Director/Dean of the program, what type of student do they want, what is the career path of the majority of their students.
Agnes de Mille
"I never said no to anything that had to do with dancing."
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Up and coming classical ballet programs are so needed on the college front. While I don't know about the Hartt Ballet dept I do know that the Musical Theater dept is very well regarded and very selective. Congratulations and keep us posted!
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Posted 27 June 2011 - 03:43 PM
I can't swear to it, but I don't believe you can double major. From what I understand, the program is too demanding to allow a double major. But I would call or email the question to Hartt. They seem very open to contact.
Congrats DivaB on DS. We are scheduled for the last orientation the weekend before school--coming form Michigan so one trip will be combined with move in, as well. Hope to meet you then.
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Posted 06 April 2012 - 10:44 AM
My daughter is good friends with Tim and danced with him professionally for a few years. You can call and leave a message for him at Nutmeg mentioning her name and stating the urgency of your call, you should get a response back from him. Try emailing him too. You can probably find his email on the Nutmeg Ballet website. If not, I can get it from my daughter later today. I'll give you more info when you contact me.
Edited by vagansmom, 07 April 2012 - 11:48 PM.
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