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From Studio to Stage

July 9–August 4, 2018

An intensive summer training program for dedicated ballet students age 12–college

Rigorous daily schedule of training classes and rehearsals, culminating in final performances

Register online!

Ballet | Pointe | Repertoire | Men’s Class | Character | Modern | Dance History

From Studio to Stage is a four-week intensive training course for dedicated ballet students. Guest master teachers include renowned artists of the professional dance world and are supplemented by faculty of the The Hartt School Community Division.

The rigorous schedule of classes begins with a three-hour block of ballet technique and pointe/men’s classes. Afternoon classes in classical repertoire, modern, and character are followed by rehearsals and coaching sessions to prepare for the final performance held on the last day of the program. 

The Teacher Training Workshop is held during the second week of the program, offering professional teachers and aspiring teachers the opportunity to study together in a setting which also provides access to student classes and master teachers.

All classes and rehearsals are held in the beautiful Handel Performing Arts Center (HPAC) at the University of Hartford. The facility features five beautiful studios, two performance spaces, dressing and locker rooms, and spacious public spaces. The building and its surrounding parking lots have round-the-clock security provided by the University of Hartford.

Classes are held MondayFriday of each week. Additionally, some weekend activities are offered to participating students. A separate registration for the Excursion Package will be included with your registration materials. Note that the final performance is held on a Saturday.

Residential accommodations are available. Transportation to and from classes is included in this package. Please check the Housing section below for more detailed information and costs.

2017 students in Character class with Eva Janiszewski

Pictured: 2017 students in Character class with Eva Janiszewski

About the 2018 Faculty

  • Debra Collins-Ryder, The Hartt School, formerly Hartford Ballet
  • Gianni Di Marco, Boston Conservatory, formerly Boston Ballet, The Royal Winnipeg Ballet
  • Sarkis Kaltakhtchian, HCD, Ballets Classique de Montreal, Tulsa Ballet Theatre, Charlotte Ballet School
  • Victoria Lane Green, academy director and performing soloist with Ballett Kiel, Germany
  • Joan Lazarus, formerly executive director of Oakland Ballet, West Wave Dance Festival, Dance Bay Area
  • Hilda Morales, The Hartt School, formerly American Ballet Theatre, Pennsylvania Ballet
  • René Olivier, HCD, formerly soloist with Tulsa Ballet Theater and faculty at the Charlotte Ballet Academy
  • Carol Roderick, HCD director of dance, formerly Colorado State University, Boston Ballet, Royal Winnipeg Ballet
  • Adriana Suarez, Boston Conservatory, formerly principal dancer with Boston Ballet

Debra Collins-Ryder

Debra Collins-RyderDebra Collins Ryder, a Philadelphia native, began her professional ballet career in New York City before joining the Hartford Ballet, under the direction of Michael Uthoff. She traveled extensively with the company throughout the U.S., Latin America, and China, and was featured in many full-length ballets, including The Nutcracker, Coppelia, Dracula, and Alice in Wonderland. Since 2006, Ryder has been a member of The Hartt School faculty teaching ballet, pointe, and dance history, and has choreographed several original works. In 2013, Ryder was honored with the University of Hartford’s Sustained Excellence in Teaching Award for part-time faculty. Prior to her arrival at The Hartt School, she co-directed the Eastern Connecticut Ballet and taught at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts. Ryder graduated with honors from Virginia Intermont College with a degree in ballet teaching and was on full scholarship at the American Ballet Center (the school of the Joffrey Ballet). Recently, she has been working with the Connecticut Dance Alliance as Dance History Consultant on the exhibit "Connecticut Dances: a visual history," which opened in January 2017.

Gianni Di Marco


Gianni Di MarcoGianni Di Marco is a graduate of The Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, and also studied at the National Ballet of Canada and National Ballet of Cuba. He began his professional performing career with The Royal Winnipeg Ballet, where he attained the rank of first soloist. He then went on to dance with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, Opera Liepzig Ballet, Boston Ballet, Festival Ballet of Providence and Tony Williams Dance Company. Since 2006, he has been on the faculty of the Boston Conservatory as an instructor of partnering and advanced ballet technique.

His roles include Romeo and Mercutio in Rudi Van Danzig’s Romeo & Juliet,the pas de deux from Petipa’s Don Quixote, as well as works by Balanchine, Nacho Duato, Jiri Kylián, Hans Van Manen, John Cranko, Danny Pelzig, and many more. 

He has been teaching ballet and movement since 2000 at Boston Ballet Center for Dance Education, Harvard University, the University of South Carolina, Walnut Hill School for the Arts, and the Boston Conservatory. He was the principal of the “Citydance” program at Boston Ballet Center, a public school outreach program, and also co-founded the “Adaptive Dance” program for children with Down syndrome and autism at that school.

In addition to his extensive performing and teaching credits, Di Marco is also a widely recognized choreographer. He has created over 50 original works for such organizations as the Boston Conservatory, Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Baroque, Festival Ballet, and others. He also holds a certification for Gyrotonic®, Gyrokinesis®, and Burdenko water therapy.

Sarkis Kaltakhtchian


Sarkis KaltakhtchianA 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. He also performed with Banff Festival of the Arts, Classical Ballet of Costa Rica, Ottowa Ballet, Hartford Ballet, Charlotte Ballet, and Tulsa Ballet Theatre.

As a soloist and principal dancer, his repertory included the works of George Balanchine, Marius Petipa, Choo-San Goh, Alonzo King, Val Caniparoli, William Forsythe, Paul Taylor, Nacho Duato and Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux. In July 1998, Kaltakhtchian performed for First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton at the White House Millennium Council. Kaltakhtchian started teaching while still dancing, under the guidance of Maxim Martirosian, former Artistic Director of Bolshoi Ballet School.

After retiring from the stage in 2005, Kaltakhtchian became the Head Instructor for the Centre for Dance Education at Tulsa Ballet, and Director of Tulsa Ballet II. He has been a guest faculty with the Chautauqua Institution in New York since 2008. He joined the faculty of Charlotte Ballet Academy in 2010, and was named Artistic Vice Principal in 2014.

Victoria Lane Green


Victoria Lane GreenA native of Edmonton, Alberta, Victoria Lane Green graduated from the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School in 2001 with Distinction. She is currently a leading soloist with BalletKiel in Germany, and is also artistic director of the newly founded Ballet Academy in Kiel. She trained with many celebrated teachers, including Carol Roderick, Martine Van Hamel, Kevin McKenzie, Cynthia Harvey, David Moroni, and Sabine Chaland. She began her professional career with Boston Ballet II and subsequently danced with Northern Ballet (Leeds), BalletMet, and Alberta Ballet. She toured internationally with these companies, dancing in Greece, Thailand, China, England, Canada, the United States, Portugal, and Germany. She has worked closely with leading directors, choreographers, coaches, and highly respected teachers in the field. They include Christopher Wheeldon, Lucinda Childs, Evelyn Hart, Val Caniparoli, Natalia Horečna, Georg Rieschl, Maina Gielguld, Stanton Welch, Marguerite Donlon, Cathy Marston, Kirk Perterson, Jean Grand-Maitre, David Nixon, Andrey Ermolenkov,  and Raymond Lukens. She is the 2014 recipient of the Foerderpreis Kultur Landhauptstadt Kiel, a scholarship awarded by the City of Kiel to inspiring artists achieving excellence in their art form. 

Joan Lazarus


Joan LazarusJoan served as Executive Director of Oakland Ballet, General Manger of Cowell Theater at Fort Mason Center, and Executive Director of WestWave Dance, the largest festival of new choreography west of the Mississippi. She was capital campaign consultant for ODC/San Francisco’s expansion project in the Mission District, is former President of Dance Bay Area and served on the Steering Committee of Bay Area National Dance Week. Joan has performed with, or in the works of, Alonzo King, Cliff Keuter, Ellen Bromberg, Victoria Morgan, Krissy Keefer, Frank Shawl, Bill DeYoung, Toni Pimble, Richard Colton and Alan Ptashek. She taught at the University of Oregon, Mills College, San Francisco Ballet, Dance Circle of Boston, The Princeton Ballet, The Marin Ballet, RoCo Dance & Fitness, and Shawl-Anderson Dance Center, and co-authored the Dance Curriculum Guide adopted by the San Francisco Unified School District. She holds a B.A. in Psycholinguistics, a M.A. in Dance, and a M.A. in Arts Administration. She received Bay Area National Dance Week’s Contribution to the Field of Dance Award in 2006, and in 2012 she received an Isadora Duncan Dance Award for Sustained Achievement. Lazarus was named “2011 Dance MVP” by The San Francisco Chronicle. 

Hilda Morales

Hilda MoralesHilda Morales was born in New York City and grew up in Puerto Rico. Her early training was at the Ballet de San Juan. At age 14, she received a Ford Foundation Scholarship to study at the School of American Ballet (New York City Ballet). She held the rank of principal dancer with the Pennsylvania Ballet and soloist with American Ballet Theatre. She was artist-in-residence with Colorado Ballet and danced as a guest artist with Ballet de San Juan, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Ballet Hispanico, Eglevsky Ballet, and many others.

Morales worked with such distinguished choreographers as George Balanchine, Anthony Tudor, Agnes de Mille, Peter Gennaro, Anna Sokolow, Alvin Ailey, Fernand Nault, John Butler, Eugene Loring, Peter Darrel, John Neumeier, Rudolph Nureyev, Lynne Taylor-Corbett, Enrique Martinez, Edward Caton, William Dollar, George Verdak, and Michael Smuin. She appeared in the film The Turning Point (as "Sandra") directed by Herbert Ross, and Mikhail Barishnikov’s televised Nutcracker (Chinese Doll), as well as “Live From Lincoln Center" American Ballet Theatre broadcasts of The Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake.

Following retirement from performance, Morales has dedicated herself to teaching and the study of pedagogy. She is currently a professor in the BFA Dance Division of The Hartt School. She has taught as a guest for The Ballet Hispanico Center, The Hartt School Community Division, Ballet Center of St. Louis, Colorado Ballet School Vassar College, Purchase University, Indian University, Ballet de San Juan School, ABT School Summer Program, Ballet Arts (N.Y.), Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, amongst others. She has made in-depth studies of ballet’s major pedagogical methodologies, anatomy, and kinesiology, and developed the Ballet Pedagogy Syllabus currently in used by The Hartt School. 

Morales is also a choreographer and stager of classical repertoire. She was instrumental in obtaining performance rights for works from the Balanchine Trust (“Who Cares,” Four Temperaments,” and “Valse Fantasie”) and Anthony Tudor Ballet Trust (“Dark Elegies”).

Morales has received numerous awards for her contribution to the performing arts, including recognition from The National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, Asociasion Maestros de Baile de Puerto Rico, Instituto de Puerto Rico, and Dance Magazine (“Dancer of the Month” 1970). In addition to dancing, Morales studied fashion and costume design at The Fashion Institute of Technology and has designed for both ballet and Broadway.

René Olivier


René OlivierRené Olivier started her career in South Africa in 1990 with Natal Performing Arts Council Ballet Company, later renamed The Playhouse Dance Company. In 1991 she received the "Most Promising Dancer" award from Friends of the Playhouse Dance Company, and in 1997 she was awarded the First National Bank Vita award for her performances with the Playhouse Dance Company. In 1998 she joined Alberta Ballet in Calgary, Canada, and from 1999–2009, she was a soloist with Tulsa Ballet Theater. She transitioned from professional dancer to teacher in 2009, joining the faculty of the Charlotte Ballet in 2010. Olivier joined HCD in 2017.

She has performed featured and principal roles in George Balanchine’s Rubies and Serenade, Jerome Robbins’s Fancy FreeIn the Night and The Concert, Antony Tudor’s Gala Performance, Stanton Welch’s Bruiser, Paul Taylor’s Black Tuesday, Twyla Tharp’s Nine Sinatra Songs, Michael Smuin’s Romeo and Juliet, Agnes de Mille’s Rodeo, Christopher Wheeldon’s Carnival of the Animals, Amedeo Amodio’s Carmen, Brigit Cullberg’s Miss Julie, Nacho Duato’s Na Floresta and Coming Together, Jean-Paul Comelin’s Firebird, Ali Pourfarrokh’s Nutcracker, Galina Samsova’s Sleeping Beauty, Ben Stevenson’s Cinderella, Marcello Angelini’s Swan Lake, Mark Hawkins’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Ashley Killar’s Coppelia, Nicolas Beriozoff’s Petrushka, and Ma Cong’s Carmina Burana.

Carol Roderick


Carol RoderickCarol Roderick is most recently an assistant professor of ballet at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. She has taught, coached, and trained teachers for professional companies, universities, and prestigious schools in the United States, Canada, Japan, and Europe.

She received her early training in Boston, and later at Butler and Indiana Universities. Her formal pedagogical training was with the late Jürgen Schneider (Bolshoi Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, American Ballet Theatre) and Gabriela Komleva (Kirov/Mariinsky Ballet).

She was a member of the professional division faculties of Boston Ballet School, The Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, and The Harid Conservatory. She directed the Colorado Ballet School, Tulsa Ballet School, and Academy of Ballet Idaho. She was principal teacher of AIS Ballet in Kobe, Japan, for two years. She was the Program Manager for the Bolshoi Ballet at Vail, and also served as ballet mistress for the Cleo Parker Robinson New Dance Ensemble in Denver, Colorado. For many years, she ran her own preprofessional training program in Denver, Classical Ballet Ensemble.

She has coached and prepared students for the Prix de Lausanne, Japan Grand Prix, New York International Ballet Competition, and the USA International Ballet Competition, as well as local and regional scholarship competitions throughout the USA. She is also the director of the CSU Dance Teachers’ Institute, an annual training program for professional and aspiring instructors. She has been a guest teacher for many schools and companies, including The Harid Conservatory, Kansas City Ballet School, Boston Ballet, St. Paul City Ballet, Kumamoto Ballet (Japan), City of Osaka (Japan), and University of Utah.

She is known as a meticulous, skilled, and inspirational teacher. She is also a knowledgeable and precise coach and stager of classical repertoire. Her students are known for their clarity and strength of technique, musical expressiveness, and beautiful movement quality. Many of her students have gone on to professional performance, choreographic, and teaching careers.

Adriana Suarez


Adriana SuarezFollowing her training at School of American Ballet, Adriana Suarez was invited by Bruce Marks to join the Boston Ballet. She became a principal ballerina in 1994, performing leading roles in a wide range of classical ballets including Swan LakeSleeping BeautyLe CorsaireGiselleRomeo and Juliet, and The Nutcracker. Her contemporary repertoire includes the leading roles in numerous works by George Balanchine, such as Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, Terpsichore in Apollo, and Serenade.

She joined the Boston Conservatory in 2005 as an instructor. She has also served as rehearsal director and co-artistic director of Boston Conservatory Summer Dance Intensive. 

Suarez has had the pleasure of working closely with world-renowned choreographers, such as Bill T. Jones, Mark Morris, William Forsythe, and Nacho Duato. She has performed the roles of Tatiana in John Cranko's Onegin and Kate in The Taming of the Shrew and has created roles for Christopher Wheeldon's Firebird and Twyla Tharp's Water Baby Bagatelles. Suarez created many roles for Daniel Pelzig during his tenure as resident choreographer at Boston Ballet. She has performed internationally in South America, Asia, and Europe. 

She teaches widely as a guest for both companies and schools, and is a knowledgeable lecturer for the Dance Medicine Symposium at Children's Hospital. She is a certified instructor in Gyrotonic® and Gyrokinesis®.

General Information

Tuition, sample class schedule, audition information, past performances, and more.

Register online!

2018 Tuition

Students may register for any number of weeks. A discount is offered for the full four-week program. 
  • Audition Fee: $25

  • Registration Fee: $50

  • Full four-week Program: $1800 (save $200!)
    Weekly tuition: $500/week

  • Merit and need-based scholarship opportunities available by audition and application. 

Tuition deposit is $50 per week registered, plus the registration fee.  Registration fee nonrefundable.   

Tuition deposit nonrefundable after 6/16/18.  Full balances are due by July 1, 2018. 

See program-specific policies on registration website.

Scholarship Application Form

Sample Class Schedule

9:0011:00: Ballet Technique

11:0012:00: Pointe/Men’s Technique

12:0012:45: Lunch Break

12:452:15: Character or Modern

2:153:45: Repertoire or Rehearsal

3:455:30: Dance History/Dance Guest Faculty Q&A/Repertoire Rehearsal

Audition in Person


Please bring the following items with you.

  • Audition form (PDF)
  • $25 audition fee
  • Headshot
  • Photo in 1st arabesque on pointe
  • Photo in tendu à la seconde

Auditionees should wear a solid black leotard, pink tights, pink ballet shoes (pointe shoes if applicable).

Note that registration begins 30 minutes prior to each audition.



The Hartt School Handel Performing Arts Center, 35 Westbourne Parkway, Hartford, CT  06112

  • Saturday, February 3, 2018
    Registration: 11:30 a.m.
    Audition: 12–2 p.m. 
  • Saturday, March 3, 2018
    Registration: 11:30 a.m.
    Audition: 12–2 p.m. 
  • Saturday, April 28, 2018
    Registration: 11:30 a.m.
    Audition: 12–2 p.m. 


South Shore Ballet Theatre, 24 Rockland Street, Hanover, MA 02339

  • Sunday, February 11, 2018
    Registration: 10:30 a.m. 
    Audition: 11 a.m.–1 p.m.


Walnut Hill School, 12 Highland Street, Natick, MA 01760

  • Sunday, April 8, 2018
    Registration: 10:30 a.m.
    Audition 11 a.m.–1 p.m.


The School of Pennsylvania Ballet, 323 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107

  • Saturday, February 17, 2018
    Registration: 2:30 p.m.
    Audition: 3–5 p.m.
Rhode Island


Festival Ballet Providence, 825 Hope Street, Providence, RI 02906

  • Saturday, February 10, 2018 
    Registration: 3:30 p.m. 
    Audition: 4–5:30 p.m.

Audition online

1. Download the 2018 Audition Form (PDF)

2. Email completed audition form and link to your YouTube video audition to

3. Mail the $25 audition fee to 

ATTN: Carol Roderick
Handel Performing Arts Center
University of Hartford
HCD Dance Department, Room S110
35 Westbourne Parkway
Hartford, CT 06112


Barre work (one side only)

  • Plie
  • Battement tendu
  • Rond de jambe à terre
  • Battement fondu
  • Grand battement jeté

Center work (one side only)

  • Adagio
  • Pirouettes
  • Petit Allegro
  • Grand Allegro

Boys and men

  • 2 turning combinations
  • Petit allegro with beats
  • Tours en l’air, single or double

Pointe work (appropriate to the student’s level)

  • Relevé
  • Echappé
  • Pirouettes

There is no audition deadline. We will stop accepting applications when the program is full. 

Audition by DVD

1. Download the 2018 Audition Form (PDF)

2. Mail completed audition form, $25 audition fee, and DVD video audition to

ATTN: Carol Roderick
Handel Performing Arts Center
University of Hartford
HCD Dance Department, Room S110
35 Westbourne Parkway
Hartford, CT 06112


Barre work (one side only)

  • Plie
  • Battement tendu
  • Rond de jambe à terre
  • Battement fondu
  • Grand battement jeté

Center work (one side only)

  • Adagio
  • Pirouettes
  • Petit Allegro
  • Grand Allegro

Boys and men

  • 2 turning combinations
  • Petit allegro with beats
  • Tours en l’air, single or double

Pointe work (appropriate to the student’s level)

  • Relevé
  • Echappé
  • Pirouettes

There is no audition deadline. We will stop accepting applications when the program is full. 


Park River dorm


  • Suite-style apartments designed to house four students in two-double occupancy dorm rooms on the UHA campus
  • Each apartment is fully furnished and contains a living room, kitchen (including fridge), bedrooms, and a bathroom
  • Living room furniture consists of two couches, a coffee table, and a dining table set for four. Bedroom furniture consists of a bed, desk, desk chair, and a dresser.
  • Daily transportation to and from FSTS studios
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Fresh linen package provided weekly
  • Professional cleaning once per week
  • Use of laundry facilities
  • WIFI access
  • Air conditioned & smoke free
  • Supervision for weekend excursions

Park River dorm

Park River dorm


4-week housing: $2815.00 
Cost per week: $703.75

Excursion fee additional.

Housing fees include double occupancy room, three meals per day, daily transportation to and from studios, and fresh linens weekly.

Housing fees listed above are in addition to program tuition fees.

Check-in occurs on Sunday, July 8, 2018; Check-out occurs on Saturday, August 4, 2018.


The Mort and Irma Handel Performing Arts Center, 35 Westbourne Parkway, Hartford, CT 06112


Located at the corner of Albany Avenue and Westbourne Parkway in Hartford, the 56,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility provides performance and rehearsal spaces, classrooms, and studios for students in The Hartt School’s Dance and Theatre Divisions, as well as the Hartt Community Division’s Dance Department. It is a vibrant, new center for dance and theatre instruction and performances at one of the key gateways to the city of Hartford. It has five dance studios, four theatre rehearsal studios, three vocal studios, and two black-box theatres, as well as faculty offices and a community room. Comfortable dressing and shower facilities are available, and the five spacious dance studios have high ceilings, wooden barres, mirrors, Harlequin multi-layered sprung dance floors, and state-of-the-art sound systems, Smart Boards, and pianos. 

Handel Performing Arts Center dance studio 2016


  • By car: Conveniently located near Interstate 91 and Interstate 84. Parking lots are monitored by Public Safety and are free of charge.
  • By bus or train: Minutes away from Hartford’s Union Station
  • By airplane: Bradley International Airport is located only 20 minutes north in nearby Windsor Locks


Hilton Hartford
315 Trumbull Street
Hartford, CT 06103

200 Columbus Blvd.
Hartford, CT 06103 

Homewood Suites
338 Asylum Street
Hartford, CT 06103

Residence Inn
942 Main Street
Hartford, CT 06103


Check back for 2018 excursions.

Dress Code


  • Solid color, short sleeved, camisole, or tank leotard
  • Pink convertible tights and pink ballet slippers
  • Pointe shoes
  • Character shoes (1-1.5” heel)
  • Character skirt
  • Black camisole leotard for performance


  • White leotard or dance shirt and black convertible tights
  • White socks and white ballet slippers

No jewelry, dark nail polish, leg warmers, t-shirts, or sweatshirts. Hair must be firmly secured in a bun. 


Q: I am currently enrolled in the HCD program. Do I need to audition?

A: No. If you are currently a student in our program, you will be receiving information on how to register. No audition is necessary. 

Q: I have not yet begun my training in pointe work. Do I still qualify for the program?

A: If you are 8–11 years old, you are eligible for our From Studio to Stage II program. If you are 12 years of age or older, you must be on pointe to qualify for From Studio to Stage.

Q: Do I need to register for the entire program in order to perform?

A: No. However, you do need to be present. Our goal is to include as many students as possible. Students not enrolled in the entire program will perform at the discretion of the faculty and choreographer. 

Q: How are students divided into levels?

A: New students may be asked to take a placement class on the first day of each week. Programmatic offerings are consistent through the levels, so if adjustments need to be made after we get to know you better, we will be able to do so without difficulty.

Past Guest Faculty

Summer 2017

Ted Kivitt, Michelle Lucci, Pia Russo, Victoria Lane Green, Joan Lazarus, Debra Collins-Ryder, Adriana Suarez, and Gianni Di Marco

Summer 2016

  • From Studio to Stage: John Gardner and Amanda McKerrow
  • From Studio to Stage II: Lara Tant

Summer 2015

  • From Studio to Stage: Xiomara Reyes
  • From Studio to Stage II: Zoica Tovar

Summer 2014

  • From Studio to Stage: Angel Corella
  • From Studio to Stage II: Jessica Kilpatrick

Summer 2013

  • From Studio to Stage: Laura Alonso

Summer 2012

  • From Studio to Stage: Bruce Marks
For more information, contact the Hartt Community Division office at 860.768.6000 or