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Dance Performing Ensembles

Hartt Dance Ensemble performances are presented in our 3 fully equipped theaters throughout the year often in collaboration with live music. In addition, dancers have opportunities to perform in Opera and Musical Theater productions and as touring ensembles to such venues as The Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C. and The Joyce Theater in NYC.

Mainstage Concerts

Hartt's Dance Division produces two main-stage concerts every year showcasing students in the works of the most significant choreographers past and present. Concerts are fully produced and often in collaboration with the live music from the Hartt Music Division. In addition, dance students perform in Musical Theater and Opera productions as well as in an ever expanding roster of mentored interdisciplinary collaborative events.

Senior Composition Concert

As part of their composition curriculum, senior dance majors present two black box concerts of their choreography each year. They hold auditions and cast their undergraduate classmates in their work. The educational experience exactly mirrors that of a professional choreographer's responsibilities, including presenting artistic ideas, working with wardrobe staff and production crew, and designing their own lighting. Students also commission solo choreography from professional choreographers for this performance.

Professional Productions

While working toward graduation, students in good standing are selected and paid to perform with many of the professional companies in the area including Eastern Connecticut Ballet, Hartford Stages, Hartford Symphony Orchestra and Full Force Dance Theater.