Sharon Dante has assembled an international classical ballet faculty that
trains in the Nutmeg methodology of combining the Vaganova technique
with a blend of neo-classical and contemporary training. The Nutmeg
offers two intensive programs, a year round Residency Program, as
well as a Summer Program. Nutmeg is unique in its dedication to teaching
classical ballet alongside a full resident performance season. As
the success of our graduate
placement proves and to which our distinguished
Alumni can attest, placing equal emphasis on training and performance
for the demands of ballet and contemporary dance companies of the
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Year-round Residency Program
2013-14 Residency and Summer Training Programs Brochure
Founded in 1969 by acclaimed ballet teacher, Sharon E. Dante, the Nutmeg
Conservatory has continued the commitment to her original vision of
providing professional-level ballet training to aspiring young dance
artists. Almost 45 years later, the Nutmeg Conservatory is recognized
as a leading professional ballet training organization in the United
States and is accredited by the National Association of Schools of
Plan a Visit
To plan a visit to see the Conservatory, schedule an audition,
to find out more, please contact:
Business Manager and Admissions Registrar
Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts
860.482.4413 Ext. 304
Email JoAnne LaVine: firstname.lastname@example.org
Litchfield County is located in the northeastern section of the United States, in the state of Connecticut. One of the safest and highest per
capita income regions in the United States. The Nutmeg is proud to
of the New England tradition of internationally known private schools.
Colonial homes, rich farmland and pristine lakes make up the landscape
of Litchfield County and the town of Torrington, Connecticut. Torrington
is home to over 20 arts organizations, community colleges and a branch of UCONN. Dating
back to the 1700’s, Torrington has
kept the charm of period architecture, community pride and its lasting
relationship with the arts.
Less than two hours from New York or Boston, The Nutmeg is located in the
backyard of the ground breaking dance venue Jacob’s Pillow. The Nutmeg takes advantage of this closeness to enhance
student exposure to dance and culture. The State of Connecticut is known as The Nutmeg State.
The Central Cultural District in Historic Downtown Torrington is home to The European Market Place during the summer month And is right out of the front door of The Nutmeg.
|Q. How can I audition for the Nutmeg?
1. Schedule an appointment to audition in Torrington.
2. Attend one of the audition classes on tour.
3. By video using the instructions found on our website and brochure.
Q. Are photos or letters of recommendation required for the Nutmeg?
Photos are required for the admissions.
Q. What does my child need to bring to the audition class?
1. Ballet slippers, leotard and tights.
2. Students should bring their pointe shoes in case the teacher would
like to see pointe work.
3. $30.00 audition fee (check or cash).
Q. Are there any scholarships available?
Our scholarships are very limited and are need-based.
Q. Are parents invited to Nutmeg to visit?
Yes, during the last week of classes we encourage parents to come see
their children in action. Parents are welcome anytime; you may visit
with your children after classes are over for the day.
Q. May I visit my child on the weekends?
Absolutely! You are free to come to visit, or take your child home
for the weekend. We ask only that you notify the Housing Director in
Q. What is the average class size, and how many girls are in the dorm?
The class size depends on the student’s Placement Level, but
class can range in size from 15-25 students. There is limited enrollment
of 55 resident students for the programs.
Q. Are there performances?
Parents are invited during the last week of the summer program
to attend open classes, studio performances and to schedule conferences
with their child’s teachers.
||Q. May my child bring their own car?
Although Nutmeg does not encourage this, students are allowed
to bring their cars for the summer. We cannot guarantee parking. Limited parking
is available for an additional fee. Parking arrangements are the family’s
responsibility. Needless to say, we cannot allow students to transport each other
in their vehicles. This can put students in the difficult position of having
to refuse friends who ask for transportation, and this should be factored into
any decision about bringing a vehicle.
Q. Where do I send mail?
Address mail to: Student’s name, Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts,
Street, Torrington, CT 06790
Q. What other costs can I expect beyond the tuition and housing?
Students may wish to bring spending money for evening activities
such as the movies. We suggest that students bring traveler’s cheques for
added peace of mind.
Q. What about dancewear?
The dress code can be reviewed on our website and will also
be included in the acceptance packet.
Q. What about hotels?
If you plan on visiting during the program, or if you will
be attending a portion of the last week of classes or end of the summer performances,
you will need to arrange to stay at a local hotel. Please contact us for assistance.