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Our distinctive faculty are our best asset. We embrace and promote their high level of training, knowledge, and professionalism.

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Carol Roderick, Director of the HCD Dance Department

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Carol Roderick received her formal pedagogical training with the late Jürgen Schneider (Bolshoi Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, American Ballet Theatre) and Gabriela Komleva (Kirov/Mariinski Ballet). She has taught, coached, and trained teachers for professional companies, universities, and prestigious schools in the United States, Canada, Japan, and Europe. She is known as a meticulous, skilled, and inspirational teacher.  Read MorePrograms: ballet

Jillian Cote, Assistant Director of the HCD Dance Department

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Jillian Cote graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 2006. She has inspired young dancers with her teaching throughout the New England area in both contemporary and ballet for over 10 years.  Read MorePrograms: ballet

Sarkis Kaltakhtchian

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A native of Armenia, Sarkis Kaltakhtchian studied at the Choreographic Institute of Yerevan, where he graduated with honors. Thereafter, he joined the Armenian National Ballet. In 1989, Kaltakhtchian was invited to join Ballets Classique de Montreal.   Read MorePrograms: ballet

Chelsea Massey

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Chelsea Massey began her technical dance training in Staunton, VA at Valley Dance Theater under the direction of Kimberly Field. Her passion for all dance forms was enriched with training under the guidance of dance masters such as Frank Hatchett, Joshua Bergasse, Dustin Phillips and Tony Vitale enabling her to become proficient in jazz, lyrical, hip hop, ballet, modern, and tap.
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Mary Ann Mayer

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Ms. Mayer’s early training began in Rhode Island studying under the direction of Herci and Myles Marsden, Anton Dolon, Christine Hennessey, Winthrop Corey and Lydia Petine.  As a founding member of Festival Ballet Providence, Ms. Mayer performed roles in many company productions while earning a BA from the University of Rhode Island.  Read More

Libby Nye

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Libby Nye, a graduate of the Juilliard School, has been a soloist and principal dancer with many companies including the Jose Limon Company and The American Dance Theater at Lincoln Center. She was director and choreographer of her own company in New York and has taught and reconstructed Limon works throughout Europe, Canada, and the United States.  Read MorePrograms: modern

René Olivier

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René Olivier started her career in South Africa in 1990 with Natal Performing Arts Council Ballet Company, later renamed The Playhouse Dance Company. She has performed countless featured and principal roles.  Read MorePrograms: ballet

Peter "P-Boogie" Reynolds Jr.

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Peter "P-Boogie" Reynolds is cofounder of Studio-8-Sixty located in Hartford, Conn., cofounder of Village of Poppers (New England Dance Crew), and an independent dance instructor at the Artist Collective, Charter Oak Culture Center, and The Hartt School Community Division.  Read MorePrograms: hip hop

Daniella Parisot, Office Coordinator

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Daniella Parisot is the office coordinator at the HCD dance department. She received her early dance training at the Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance studying classical ballet and modern.  Read More

Collaborative Pianist: Sofia Diouk

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Sofia Diouk graduated from the V.E. Sojo Conservatory with a degree in music and piano performance and later attended Indiana University at Bloomington as a visiting scholar. Diouk then attended the University of Hartford's The Hartt School, where she received her MM in piano performance with an emphasis in pedagogy.  Read More

Collaborative Pianist: Sam Horan

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Sam Horan is graduate of the University of Hartford's The Hartt School with a degree in music management and jazz drumming.  Read More

Collaborative Pianist: Cathy Lord

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Cathy Lord is a collaborative pianist playing for recitals, ballet classes, choirs, and performances.  Read More

Collaborative Pianist: Dina Simanovich

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Pianist Dina Simanovich holds a Master for Music from St. Petersburg Conservatory and a Bachelor of Music from St. Petersburg Music College in Russia. She has also earned diplomas as a piano soloist, piano instructor, and accompanist.   Read More

Collaborative Pianist: Timothy Wallace

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In addition to serving as a collaborative pianist for HCD, Timothy Alexandre Wallace serves as Music Director/Organist at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, Simsbury, Conn. and manages Studio 59 in Torrington. Wallace is a member of the American Guild of Organists, the Royal Canadian College of Organists, and a performing member of the improvisational group Improvelocity, Boston. He is also on the Baldwin Roster of Artists.  Read More