The HARID Conservatory

America’s tuition-free professional training school for gifted young dancers

In Their Own Words

“HARID combined a nurturing environment for the young dancer with a solid training curriculum and wonderful performing experiences.”

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“HARID gave me the opportunity to work with amazing teachers, learn many different styles of dance, and live among other aspiring young artists. It was an invaluable experience that prepared me well for my professional career as a dancer.”

“HARID was an exceptional experience for me. The school’s small size made me feel part of a family in the residence and I received lots of personal attention in class. The Vaganova training made me strong, both as a dancer and as a person! With my training, I’m now able to bounce between Russian classics, Balanchine, and contemporary repertoire. I’m grateful for everything I received from HARID and I recommend the school to anyone looking for a place to study.”

“For me, HARID was the crucial link between dance training and professional work. There, I was able to refine my technique and prepare myself for the journey ahead. I owe much of my career to HARID and the amazing faculty that makes it so special.”

“I spent only one year at HARID, but I learned more during that year than I could have imagined. Apart from the superb dance training, I learned what it was like to live away from my family. Being surrounded by people who shared the same goals, passion, and dedication was amazing and I made some of the closest friendships I will ever have. My experience at HARID was, and will continue to be, a positive influence in my life.”

“HARID not only does a great job producing beautiful, talented dancers, it also helps develop mature individuals who will succeed at anything life brings their way. I would not trade my experiences at HARID for any other. I made friends who will be with me the rest of my life.”

“HARID is where I grew up—not only as a dancer, but as a person as well. The school helped ease me through the most dramatic transition for a ballet dancer: when a student becomes a professional. (This is especially challenging in a big company like American Ballet Theatre.) Without Harid and the amazing people who teach and work there, I would not be where I am today.”

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“The things I learned at HARID are an important part of the dancer I am today. I would never have been accepted into the John Cranko Schule if it wasn’t for my training at HARID. (Plus, I would not have had such a great opportunity to learn English!)”

“I am incredibly grateful for the time I had at HARID, and all the credit goes to the teachers and staff who make it great. I hope to continue supporting the school as best as I can!

Since making the decision to stop dancing, I’ve completed a bachelor’s degree in biomedical science. I am currently wait listed for the MD program at Baylor College of Medicine, and two MD/PhD programs at Texas A&M and University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. If those schools fall through, I intend to enroll in a master’s degree program and try again in the future.

Interestingly, I incorporated my time at HARID into my personal statement and the graduate-program interviewers inquired a great deal about it. I think it made me more memorable as an applicant.

Again, my thanks to you and the rest of the faculty and staff.”