The Hartt School

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Saturday, Oct 28th
STEPHEN PIER, Contemporary Ballet
Saturday, Oct 28th
KATIE STEVINSON-NOLLET, Contemporary Dance Forms
Duet of dancers from the Hart school perform on a dark stage

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West Hartford, CTThe Hartt School at The University of Hartford, accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance, offers Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Dance Performance and Ballet Pedagogy. Students develop their skills through performance opportunities, teaching internships, in a rigorous conservatory-style curriculum with expert instruction from world-renowned faculty and guest artists. Students train in classical ballet, modern dance and contemporary techniques with additional coursework in a full range of academic and dance related subjects. We graduate technically competent, knowledgeable artists, capable of mastering the varied demands of a lifelong career in dance and leading the field into the future.

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Stephen Pier

Stephen Pier

Stephen Pier is an internationally respected performer, teaching artist, choreographer, and director. He performed extensively with the Royal Danish Ballet, the Hamburg Ballet, the José Limón Company and as a guest artist throughout the world. His repertoire extends from Petipa, Bournonville, Balanchine, Cranko, Kylian, Limón, and Neumeier to an array of contemporary dance makers, earning critical acclaim as, “a dancer of tremendous taste and insight”, “highly defined, a tour de force”, and “one of the most gifted dancers on the modern dance scene today.” Mr. Pier taught for the Royal Danish Ballet’s company and school while serving as ballet master and dancer from 1990 -1996 and was a full-time faculty member of the Juilliard School from 1996-2010. There he helped establish and direct the innovative Mentoring Program. In addition to directing The Hartt School Dance Division, Pier continues to perform, create, collaborate, and direct in multiple performing artforms including Opera, Theater, Dance, and Film.

Mr Pier is featured in the recently released book, Movement at the Stillpoint, an Ode to Dance (https://movementatthestillpoint.com/) by Mark Mann.

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Katie Stevinson-Nollet

Katie Stevinson-Nollet

Katie Stevinson-Nollet was the Artistic Director of Full Force Dance Theatre for over twenty years. She teaches Contemporary Dance Forms, Composition, Repertory, Dance for Camera and Directs the Senior Composition concerts at The Hartt School. Her professional experiences as performer, choreographer and teacher, have taken her throughout the US and abroad.

She was a member of San Diego Dance Theatre; Isaacs McCaleb and Dancers; Patricia Sandback and Dancers; Carolyn Dorfman and Dancers; Full Force Dance Theatre, and has enjoyed performing the work of multiple independent choreographers including Monica Bill Barnes, Peter Sparling, Mary Cochran and Lisa Race. Ms. Stevinson-Nollet’s choreography thrives in collaboration and delves in the exploration of the human condition.

Her work has been presented at numerous venues and festivals across the country and internationally. Recently her work could be seen at The Bushnell Performing Arts Center performing with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, at the Forward Festival performing with Sybarite5, the Provincetown Dance Festival, and has had her work presented in Taiwan, Tokyo, and London over the summer. Other performances have been at the Norfolk Music Festival with Ransom Wilson, Jacobs Pillow inside/out, Sushi Performance Gallery in San Diego, The Florida Dance Festival, The International Arts Festival in New Haven, the Kaleidoscope Festival in Los Angeles, and various sites and venues throughout New York City including Joyce SoHo and the 92nd Street Y. For the past few years Katie has also focused her creative time in exploring the art of Screendance.

The recipient of numerous awards and honors, Katie holds a B.A. in Dance from San Diego State University, an M.F.A. in Dance from the University of Michigan, and a Certificate from the London Contemporary School of Dance.