Teacher Training Workshop
Utility NavTop NavContentLeft NavSite SearchSite SearchSite Search

Teacher Training Workshop

“The Elementary Years”

Young preprofessional dancers at HCDJuly 16–20, 2018

Carol Roderick
Lecturer and Director of Dance
The Hartt School Community Division Dance Department

Register online!

In conjunction with From Studio to Stage, the summer training program of the University of Hartford's Hartt School Community Division.

Monday—Friday, 9 a.m.–6 p.m.

All classes held at the Handel Performing Arts Center, Hartford, Conn.
A Step-by-Step Study of the Syllabus
Daily Technique Class for Teachers
Observation of Student Classes
Lectures | Films | Extensive Course Materials
Open Discussion | Q & A

Course Topics Include

  • Placement
  • Training Turnout
  • Developing Coordination & Musicality
  • The Basic Structure & Sequence of the Class
  • The Positions of the Hands, Head, and Arms
  • The Poses of Classical Ballet
  • The Port de bras Exercises
  • The Theory & Practice of Progression
  • Adagio | Allegro | Pointe | Turning Techniques
  • Integration of Repertoire in Training Program
  • Use of Musical Accompaniment

Teaching Skills Topics Include

  • Designing the Syllabus & Curriculum
  • Designing the Learning Environment
  • Planning the Lesson & Running the Class
  • Constructing Exercises
  • Demonstrating
  • Giving Correction & Getting Results
  • Building a Faculty
  • Evaluating Our Work


Register online!

Full Course & Materials: $750
​Daily Rate (materials included): $150
(Register for all 5 days to attend the full course)

Registration fee: $50

Tuition deposit is 10% of the tuition plus registration fee.

To pay only the deposit upon checkout, select "Pay only deposit amount" in the dropdown next to "Payment Options".

Registration deadline: 6/16/18.

Tuition deposit nonrefundable after 7/1/18.  (No other refunds after 7/1/18.)

Full balances are due by July 1, 2018. 

See program-specific policies on registration website.

Please inquire about a special rate for more than one teacher attending from a single school. 

Housing and meals are available through the University of Hartford.

Transportation between the dormitories and Handel Performing Arts Center is provided by shuttle bus for those staying in University housing.

Teachers may take or observe the daily class for teachers. Observation of student classes in From Studio to Stage will be arranged as part of the Teacher Training Workshop.

Sample Day

Day 4

  • Syllabus: The Allegro Exercise
  • Timings & Separations in Allegro Training
  • Construction Exercises | Using Combinations
  • Using the Poses of Classical Ballet
  • The Relationship Between Allegro & Pointe Work
  • Evening Master Class for Students
9–11 a.m.Teachers' Class: Barre & Centre ReviewIncluding material from the barre and centre exercise with a goal of preparing for the allegro exercise demonstrations and lecture
11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.Allegro Exercise (with student demonstrators)Trampoline Jumps, Temps levé, Changement de pieds, Pas échappé to 2nd position, Pas assemblé to the side
12:30–2 p.m.Lunch BreakDVD: Boys’ Class Allegro
2–3:45 p.m.Class lecture: The Six Port de bras exercisesIntroductory Forms | Progressions | Poses Temps Lie Exercises and Progressions
3:45–4 p.m.Break 
4–5:30 p.m.Lecture: AllegroCountings, Timings, Separations; Introducing Allegro Exercises at the Barre; Constructing Exercises; Inclusion of Port de bras & Head; Using Combinations; Working Within the Poses; Allegro and Pointe Work
5:30–6 p.m.Wrap up, Q & A 


Housing is available from Sunday, July 15, through Friday, July 20.

Cost: $104.26 per day ($625.56 for 6 days)


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

About Director of Dance 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/Mariinski 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.

For more information, call us at 860.768.6000 or email fsts@hartford.edu.