CCSU to host annual High School Dance Festival

Published on Wednesday, 10 October 2018 18:51
Written by Sarah Willson

Special To The Herald, @SarahRWillson

NEW BRITAIN- Central Connecticut State University is putting on its dancing shoes for its fourth annual Connecticut High School Dance Festival on Saturday, Oct. 20.

Taking place from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. in CCSU’s Welte Auditorium, Students and teachers throughout Connecticut high schools and dance studios will have the opportunity to receive professional feedback and attend a variety of dance classes and workshops.

“This is not a competition but an opportunity to learn from some of the best teachers throughout the country,” CCSU Dance Program Director Catherine Fellows said. “The intention is to widen the students ground base in dance.”

In addition to that, classes and workshops on several dance styles and techniques will be offered throughout the day. Classes include, but are not limited to, ballet, hip-hop, jazz funk, Afro-Caribbean and more.

“The main gist of the dance festival is to give high school students an opportunity to come to a university campus, Fellows continued. “There’s a career panel session and there’s also an adjudicated concert at the end of the day with high schools that will enter one of their pieces of choreography.”

One of the most exciting things fellow emphasized was that participants will be able to perform on CCSU’s “beautiful” Welte stage and experience dancing in the

The registration fee for participating schools is $100 and then $50 per student.

The $50, according to Fellows, can be paid by either the school or the student.

“The price that they’re paying for the day would equal what they would pay for a one-class in a convention,” she stated.

A continental breakfast and snacks will also be provided.

To register, visit or contact Jennifer DelSanto at or 860 832-2155 for more information.

Posted in New Britain Herald, General News on Wednesday, 10 October 2018 18:51. Updated: Wednesday, 10 October 2018 18:54.