The Hartt School Community Division (HCD) presents its annual HarttWorks dance performance Friday, March 24, and Saturday, March 25, at 7:30 p.m. in Millard Auditorium at the University of Hartford, 200 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford.
HarttWorks offers the unique opportunity for audience members to observe multi-genre, professional-quality dance works performed by HCD’s top dance students. Dancers will perform works ranging from classical and contemporary ballet to modern dance, jazz, and tap.
This year’s performances feature a special collaboration between the HCD dance and music departments. Honors music composition student Xavier Blackwell-Lipkind, a sophomore at Conard High School in West Hartford, has composed original music that will be performed live during the modern segment at both performances. Hartt School alumna Rebecca DeNies (BFA, ‘14) choreographed the piece. Dancers will be accompanied by an advanced chamber music trio, Fibonacci Trio, comprised of Northwest Catholic High School senior Kate Jessen on clarinet, South Windsor High School sophomore Gabe Galley on viola, and Glastonbury High School senior Karlee Cummings on piano.
In addition to DeNies’s modern piece, the evening will include a classical ballet performance staged by HCD Dance Chair Carol Roderick, a ballet premiere choreographed by Ballet Master Susannah Marchese, a musical theatre jazz and tap piece choreographed by Dance Faculty/Assistant Director of Dance Administration Melissa Chasse, and a modern piece choreographed by Hartt Professor of Dance Stephen Pier.
Tickets are $10 each, and can be purchased via the University Box Office in person (located in Lincoln Theater), over the phone at 860.768.4228 or 800.274.8587, or online at hartford.edu/tickets. University of Hartford and Hartt Community Division faculty, staff, and students are entitled to one free ticket, which must be reserved in advance through the box office. (HCD students must purchase their ticket in person with a valid HCD ID. University of Hartford faculty, staff, and students may reserve their ticket in person, over the phone, or online.)