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The Official Connecticut Classic Ballet Scholarship Competition

Presented at the Warner Theatre
Torrington, CTSaturday, March 10th &
Sunday, March 11th, 2018

Registration Opens in September


OPEN AUDITIONS for Nutmeg Ballet’s 2017-2018 Year-Round pre-professional program. Ages 13-21. Find out why The Nutmeg Ballet is New England’s premier classical ballet academy.

Saturday, August 19th
Saturday, August 26th
9:30 am Check-in
10:00-11:30 am Open Audition
11:30 am Tour

Please see website for details:

Pre-Registration highly recommended!



Hartt Community Division
Fall Dance Classes

Fall dance classes for youth and adults are now enrolling! HCD dance classes are held in the spacious studios of the Mort and Irma Handel Performing Arts Center (HPAC) in Hartford, Conn., close by the University of Hartford’s main campus. Classes are offered for students ages 3 through adult and are taught by an experienced and knowledgeable professional faculty. The program includes pre-K dance classes; youth classes in classical ballet, hip hop, jazz, and tap; and ballet, jazz, and tap for teens and adults.

Adult classes are available at a drop-in rate of $17 per class, as space permits. Ten-class dance cards are available for $150.

For more information about HCD dance programs, visit our website, call 860.768.6000, or email


Nozama Dance Collective presents
“Bodies and Choices” – A Modern Dance Performance

In times of struggle, women must support one another. In times of triumph, women must celebrate one another. We are bolder and stronger as a collective. This is what drives “Bodies & Choices”. This performance is centered around the theme of female empowerment. The dances will depict the full spectrum of this concept, from the fear and anxiety behind rights being threatened, to the celebration of what can be accomplished when we motivate and empower one another. 
The performances will take place on August 4th and 5th at 8pm at the Green Street Studios in Cambridge, MA. There is street parking available, as well as a parking garage on Green Street. 
We are excited to announce the following guest artists for this performance: 
– Alive Dance Collective 
– Colleen Roddy and Dancers 
– Erica Nelson and Dancers 
– Evolve Dynamicz 
– Mariah Rasmussen and Dancers 
– With a special performance by the Big and Little Sisters of the Big Sisters Association of Boston 
Event Website:
Please contact Nozama Dance Collective with any questions at
*When purchasing tickets, please be sure to select “Guest of Erica Nelson and Dancers” to support our Director of Dance Medicine, Erica Nelson!*


Calvin Bittner (Hartt ’17) has been selected to present his work “What Happened At The Garden Party” with Hartt Dancers at Jacob’s Pillow on August 24th at 6:15pm.
Click here for more info! Be sure to check it out!


Congratulations to Jasmine Urban ’19, of Dover, Del. She is the recipient of the annual $1,000 Elena Del Vecchio Rusnak Dance Education Scholarship. Jasmine is a ballet pedagogy major in the University’s Hartt School Dance Division under the direction of Stephen Pier. She received her training from Dance Conservatory on a work scholarship. There she was trained in the Vaganova technique, Balanchine, and Bournonville. Along with her ballet training, she studied modern, jazz, and tap. Jasmine has been teaching ballet and modern for the past five years in Delaware and in Connecticut, and she has competed in the Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) in 2013, 2014, and 2015. She has performed Serenade, La Vivandiere, Tramontane (a new work by Lucy Bowen-McCauley), and Le Corsaire as one of the two soloists. She has also guested with First State Ballet and Vivid Ballet in their productions of Swan Lake. In the future, she wishes to be a part of outreach programs that introduce dance to troubled communities.
This scholarship award is given to undergraduate students who will be Connecticut high school seniors in the coming academic year, or current college students entering their freshman, sophomore, or junior year at a Connecticut college or university. The scholarship is administered by the Connecticut Dance Alliance, which assists in the management of the award and the selection of the awardee.


Open Call for Dancers/Models for August Dance & Fashion Show!

Visceral Movement Dance Company is seeking female dancers/models for an Alice in Wonderland-themed dance performance & fashion show to take place in August 2017!

Prospective dancers should be available to rehearse regularly Sunday mornings 10-12 in Unionville, CT from July 2nd until mid-August performance. Dancers should be able to dance in the styles of Modern, Hip Hop, Ballet, & Burlesque choreography.

Contact Director, Ally Davis, for more details or RSVP to the audition via a private message to Visceral Movement on Facebook to let us know you’d like to join us Sunday. Bring Hip Hop sneakers & heels or boots you can dance in. You will learn quick choreography in the aforementioned styles & please come ready to dance 1 min of prepared choreography or improv.



TNMOT AZTRO Performance Art & Dance Installation LLC Presents:
THE PROJECTOR SERIES 1.5 in Collaboration with Vox Populi and Little Berlin
“Driven by the concept of sensory overload, in which our brains and bodies are stimulated through receiving information from multiple sources simultaneously. The projectors around the room transform the physical boundaries of the space: gallery walls become windows and mirrors and vortexes, looking outward at the world beyond, looking inward at the performance.”
North 11th #3 Philadelphia PA 19107
Date & Time: June 22nd, 23rd, 24th Performances at 7pm and 9pm each night
Before the show talk June 21st 7pm
Little Berlin 2430 Coral St, Philadelphia, PA 19125 Hosted by Eric Preisendanz
(Free to the Public)
Visit for tickets and more information

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Nutmeg Ballet and Torrington School of Ballet Summer Programs 



Master classes are an excellent way for youth musicians and dancers to learn from professionals.

On Wednesday, March 29, the HCD Dance Department welcomed Campbell Midgley, who taught classes in ballet technique and pointe for students in Levels 2–7.

Midgley danced professionally with Houston Ballet under Ben Stevenson. Following her retirement from performance, she pursued a BFA degree in Dance Performance from Southern Methodist University, later founding her very successful school and company, Queen City Ballet, in Helena, Montana.


The 2017 CDA Awards for Distinguished Achievement in Dance

The Connecticut Dance Alliance cordially invites you to the 2017 Distinguished Achievement in Dance Award.

A reception, award ceremony and showcase performance honoring Jill Henderson.

For her distinguished career as a dancer, teacher, arts administrator, dance education advocate, and commitment to the dance community of Connecticut.

Sunday, May 7, 2017
4:00pm to 6pm

University of Saint Joseph, Carol Autorino Center for the Arts and Humanities
1678 Asylum Avenue West Hartford, CT

Tickets: CDA members free (reservations required)
Non-members $25 (which includes membership fee)
Reserve or purchase tickets: box office- 860.231.5555 or online-

Harvard Square Mayfair 2017
Sunday May 7th, 12 – 6 pm
Deborah Mason Performing Arts Center Inc.
624 Somerville Ave, Somerville, MA 02143
From 12pm to 6pm you can see over 30 dance companies representing the fantastic diversity of dance in our community. Last year’s Mayfair featured over 150 artisans and merchants, over 40 food vendors, and thousands of happy people!

The annual Harvard Square Mayfair is happening on Sunday, May 7th with a rain date of Sunday, May 14th. Deborah Mason, producer of the Dance Stage, invites you to enjoy the stellar line up of dance performances at this year’s MayFair!

Come check out a piece choreographed by Director of Dance Medicine, Erica Nelson and her dancers, including Physical Therapist Aide Katie Bittner.
Erica Nelson and Dancers will be performing at 4:40.
Hope to see you there!

Congrats to all the the 2017 CT Classic Winners!
Youth Division
Gold: Francesca Kraszewski – Greenwich Ballet Academy
Silver: Kerry Shannon – Greenwich Ballet Academy
Bronze: Vanessa Linden – Festival Ballet Providence
4th: Silvia Peinado – Aika Ballet School
5th: Sasha Jones – Norwalk Metropolitan Youth Ballet
Junior Division
Gold: Ryo Yatogo & Maduco Kubo – Aika Ballet School
Silver: Karma Woodcock – Hartt School Community Dance Division
Bronze: Christina Henares – Hartt School Community Dance Division
4th: Anna Davis – Norwalk Metropolitan Youth Ballet
5th: Adam Littman Davis – Festival Ballet Providence
6th: Paris Mills – New England School of Dance
7th: Megan Montiero – Turning Pointe Dance Studio
8th: Emma Lindsey – Greenwich Ballet Academy
9th: Isabella Long – Greenwich Ballet Academy
10th: Cassidy Schroyer – New England School of Dance
Senior Division
Gold: Seika Kawamata – Aika Ballet School
Silver: Vianna Schappach – Woodbury Ballet
Bronze: London Mills – New England School of Dance
4th: May Saito – Massachusetts Academy of Ballet
5th: Natalie Gasparini – Greenwich Ballet Academy
6th: Maddie Couto – Festival Ballet Providence
7th: Courtney Compagna – Woodbury Ballet
8th: Sydney Mills – New England School of Dance
9th: Susannah Major – Hartt School Community Dance Division
10th: Isabelle Ramage – Turning Pointe Dance Studio
Boston Ballet – Adam Littman Davis – Festival Ballet Providence
Bolshoi Ballet – Maduco Kubo & Ryo Yatogo – Aika Ballet School
Joffrey Ballet – Seika Kawamata – Aika Ballet School
New York Dance Project – London Mills – New England School of Dance
New York Dance Project – Karma Woodcock – Hartt School Community Dance Division
Festival Ballet Providence – Silvia Peinado – Aika Ballet School
Festival Ballet Providence – Megan Montiero – Turning Pointe Dance Studio
Festival Ballet Providence – Christina Henares – Hartt School Community Dance Division
The Nutmeg Ballet Conservatory – Cassidy Schroyer – New England School of Dance
Volar Scholarship – Vianna Schappach – Woodbury Ballet


Please join us…
The Connecticut Dance Alliance Shoreline Regional Meeting
Friday, March 3, 2017
11:30am – 1pm 
Living Rock Church
138 Route 81
Killingworth, CT
Free and open to the public.
Lunch will be served
RSVP to Elisa Schroth at 860-985-2085 or
Join us for the Inaugural Shoreline Regional Meeting and…
 – Meet others in the community who share dance as a common interest, career, and/or passion.   
 – Hear updates on what is going on with the CT Dance Alliance (CDA).  
 – Share your thoughts, needs, ideas on how the CDA can support you.  
 – Donita Aruny, Shorline Arts Alliance, will introduce the Alliance and how it supports the arts in the Shoreline Region
 – Meet our host, Elisa Schroth, Ekklesia Contemporary Ballet and learn more about her company
The goal is to begin meeting quarterly within the Shoreline Region, rotating locations & hosts. If you are interested in hosting, let us know!

DANCE EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIPThis annual $1,000 scholarship award is for undergraduate students who will be Connecticut high school seniors in the coming academic year, or current college students entering their freshman, sophomore or junior year at a Connecticut college or university. The scholarship will be administered by the Connecticut Dance Alliance, which will assist in the management of the award and the selection of the awardee.To qualify, applicants must be (or will be) majoring in dance or dance education, or must be pursuing an education degree with a cross endorsement in dance, with intentions of pursuing a career in dance education.Applicants must submit:
* Application Form
* A video showing you performing a piece (3 minutes or less) that showcases your technique and dance style. It does not have to be original choreography.
* An essay – Explaining your passion for dance and your plan to pursue a career as a dance educator.
* Two letters of recommendationOnce your application is received, you will receive an email invitation to a Dropbox link from You will then be able to upload your video submission to a private Dropbox account via this link for the committee to view. If you have any questions/concerns about the uploading process, please contact Cate Craig at .The deadline for submissions is April 28, 2017.Essays and letters of recommendation should be sent electronically to video and application submissions must be received by April 28, 2017
and should be sent to:
Cate Rusnak-Craig
96 Sunrise Terrace
Wethersfield, CT 06109The winner of the scholarship will be contacted no later than May 19th, 2017.
Link to scholarship application 

A grand opening of  
The January 19th opening reception of Connecticut Dances – A Visual History at the Connecticut Historical Society in Hartford had record-breaking attendance. Over three hundred people came together to share this celebratory event and produced many joyful reunions of old dance friends.  The Connecticut Historical Society was a very generous partner and host and for those who worked on the project, this was a night to remember. The exhibition will continue through March 4th at the Connecticut Historical Society.

CDA’s Dance History Project of a 2000+ dance photo collection, exhibition and compendium will provide a cultural and historical documentation of Connecticut’s wonderful and important dance heritage. It will continue to be a resource for the general public, educators and our dance community.

The exhibition will tour the state over the next two years. Many CT venues have already booked the exhibition and if you are in CT and interested in booking it, please contact:

L-R Barbara Ally, President, CDA & History Project Manager; Nancy Wynn, Exhibition Designer; Jill Henderson, History Project Director; Debra Collins Ryder, Dance History Consultant

“Noumenon”, Alwin Nikolais’ signature work from 1953 performed at the opening event by Lynn Needles, former soloist with Nikolais Dance Theater.

Connecticut Concert Ballet students in the “Degas Room”


Registration is now open for the 2017 CT Classic Ballet Scholarship Competition! The competition will take place Saturday, March 4th, and Sunday, March 5th.

The Official Connecticut Classic Ballet Scholarship Competition presents an enjoyable and educational experience for pre-professional ballet students giving the participants a stepping-stone towards bigger national and international competitions.To create an environment where each student, whether an award winner or not, can leave with a real sense of personal accomplishment and a new understanding of the artistic and technical requirements for a young ballet dancer.

To provide an administration with high standards of integrity in our management of the event from the moment the students first register through to the end of the weekend.

For more information and to register, visit their website at

Hartt Dance Faculty member, Miki Orihara selected to present her film,
“Broken Memory” at the Dance on Camera Film Festival

The Film Society of Lincoln Center and Dance Films Association have announced the 45th edition of Dance on Camera Festival, February 3rd – 7th. The longest-running dance film festival in the world, DOCF provides a platform for choreographic storytelling and creative expression, and intimate access to innovative media artists and their cinematic works.

Co-curator Joanna Ney said, “The 2017 DOCF is an adventure into dance and music, with a rich sampling of dance forms that includes ballet, modern, postmodern, social dance, even street and flex dance. Our wide-ranging documentaries, a number of them world premieres, focus on artists both local and international whose stories compel and inspire. With support for the arts diminishing, it is heartening to watch dance on screen invent and reinvent itself against the odds.”

“We are thrilled to celebrate 45 years of Dance on Camera with an exciting lineup that highlights stories from across the globe, with foreign films hailing from Brazil, Cuba, Finland, France, and Sweden,” added co-curator Liz Wolff. “Alongside a slate of international films, we champion films made in and about New York City, home to this festival since its inaugural year in 1971, revealing the ways the Big Apple’s landscape, population, and energy influence the art created here.”

Tickets go on sale Thursday, January 19th. A pre-sale to Film Society and Dance Films Association members begins Thursday, January 12th. A 3+ film discount package and an All Access Pass will be also available. For more information visit:

 Broken Memory
Tomoko Mikanagi, Japan, 2016, 4m

Miki Orihara, best known as a principal dancer with the Martha Graham Company, is seen in a solo she choreographed for herself against a backdrop of skyscrapers at sunset.
Connecticut Dance Alliance Announces Opening of Connecticut Dances –
A Visual History Exhibition

This exhibition, designed and produced by the Connecticut Dance Alliance, brings to life the valuable contribution of dance to the cultural vitality of Connecticut. The exhibition represents a thematically and historically organized portrait of Connecticut’s significant dance heritage of a wide variety of dance forms, important historical dance events, the work of individual dancers, choreographers and companies, and the impact of schools and teachers on the field of dance.

The opening reception will feature a of variety of dance performances, including a pop-up Degas ballet studio, improvisational dancers mingling with the crowd, and a special performance inspired by Alwin Nikolais’s famous Noumenon.

The exhibition was made possible through generous funding by The Connecticut Humanities, the Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation, The Greater Hartford Arts Council, NewAlliance Foundation, and contributors to Connecticut Dance Alliance.
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