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Workshop: Kaitlyn Gilliland Teaches Twyla Tharp’s The One Hundreds

Workshop: Kaitlyn Gilliland teaches Twyla Tharp’s The One Hundreds

Fall 2020 Zoom Class for Levels 5+
Fridays, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Kaitlyn Gilliland teaches a movement workshop developed from Twyla Tharp’s seminal The One Hundreds (1970), a dance composed of 100 eleven-second movement phrases performed by two dancers in unison without music. Featuring a uniquely engaging curriculum designed to challenge the dancer’s technique, stamina, concentration, and attention to timing and meter, this workshop offers a rare opportunity to unpack the remarkable density of Tharp’s myriad choreographic inspirations – from ballet to baseball – while extending the reach of classical training through the exploration of contemporary and modern dance aesthetics, structured improvisation, and characterization and pedestrian gesture.

This workshop is suitable for both a studio and virtual setting and can accommodate dancers working with limited space. It will conclude with an opportunity for all participating students to share their progress.

NY Times Review:
https://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/22/arts/dance/review-twyla-tharps-the-one-hundreds-math-thats-easy-on-the-eyes.html

Kaitlyn Gilliland Bio:
Kaitlyn Gilliland began her dance training at the Minnesota Dance Theatre and continued her studies at the School of American Ballet, where she received the Mae L. Wien Award for outstanding promise in 2004. From 2006 to 2011, Ms. Gilliland performed corps, soloist, and principal roles with the company and was named the New York City Ballet’s Janice Levin Dancer Honoree for 2009-­‐2010. Following her departure from New York City Ballet, Ms. Gilliland appeared with several New York City-­‐based dance companies, joining Twyla Tharp for her 2015 50th Anniversary National Tour and two subsequent performance seasons and Benjamin Millepied’s L.A. Dance Project for their 2017-­‐ 2018 season. Ms. Gilliland served on the faculty of the School of American Ballet and as an instructor for The New York City Public School for Dance (The Ballet Tech School). In May of 2015, she graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Columbia University with a degree in Psychology. She is currently an MBA candidate at the Yale School of Management and Program Director for Minnesota Dance Theatre’s CAN Dance Education Program. Ms. Gilliland joined the faculty of New Haven Ballet in 2019.


John Clifford

New Haven Ballet is excited to announce that Week 1’s Ballet Talk guest speaker is John Clifford.

John Clifford, Artistic Advisor and Choreographer, is best known as founder and artistic director of the original Los Angeles Ballet, and as a principal dancer and choreographer with New York City Ballet. He is widely considered to be Balanchine’s choreographic protégé.

Trained in Los Angeles, John Clifford produced his early work for the Western Ballet Association, where he was a principal dancer and choreographer. After viewing rehearsals of Mr. Clifford’s ballets, George Balanchine invited Clifford to move to New York and choreograph for his School of American Ballet. In 1966, at the age of 19, Clifford joined the New York City Ballet, where he quickly became a principal dancer and resident choreographer. During his tenure there he choreographed numerous ballets and danced leading roles. Mr. Clifford became the first American male guest artist in history to dance with the Paris Opera Ballet.

Mr. Clifford also has a book, “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice: From Hollywood to Balanchine and Back,” that will coming out soon!


July Studio+Zoom

New Haven Ballet is​ reopening the school in a limited fashion for students in Levels 4-8 during July 2020. Levels 4-8 may enjoy morning Zoom only offerings. For those who are ready to resume studio work, New Haven Ballet is accepting a select number of students who are committed to their summer training by attending Zoom classes in the mornings followed by small studio classes one or two afternoons/evenings each week.

Students enrolled in morning Zoom classes will be prioritized for access to studio classes as afternoon/evening offerings are extremely limited at this time.

All levels (ages 4-Adult) will be offered online Zoom classes during July 2020. Private/duet lessons by our incredible faculty are also available to enrolled students in Levels 2-8.

Our top priority remains ensuring the health and safety of our students, faculty and administrators. Health and safety protocols have been established for studio classes, with students who wish to participate in studio classes being required to complete a medical questionnaire and waiver in addition to strict adherence to new protocols.

Click Here for Schedules, Tuition & Protocols


Video Yearbook

We are compiling a video yearbook of our Level 1-8 students. We have eight questions we would like you to answer.

You must submit your unlisted YouTube video link by Friday, June 12, 2020 to: video@newhavenballet.org

To help you with the process please click on the following links to see the pdf video yearbook guide and a YouTube video that describes how to create an unlisted video.

Once your unlisted video has been uploaded you will receive an email that will allow you to delete the unlisted video if you wish.

If you have any questions please email: video@newhavenballet.org

We look forward to seeing your videos!


FREE Gyrokinesis Class

New Haven Ballet is pleased to introduce Dorothea Garland who will be offering Gyrokinesis class FREE to NHB students on Wednesday, April 29, at 4:30 p.m. via Zoom. This live online class is open to all Level 5-8 students. If you are interested please email: administrator@newhavenballet.org.

About Dorothea Garland

Dorothea Garland is from Framingham, MA and trained at New England Ballet, Boston Ballet Center for Dance Education, and later Mercyhurst College. She danced with Columbia Classical Ballet in South Carolina and Jose Mateo’s Ballet Theater of Boston before moving to New York City, where she has lived and danced for the last 15 years. She currently dances for Ballets with a Twist, Continuum Contemporary Ballet, East Coast Contemporary Ballet and Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance. In addition to dancing Ms. Garland teaches ballet and the Gyrotonic Method.

Dorothea Garland

About Gyrokinesis

The Gyrotonic Method is a movement system that allows the body to experience and expand its full range of motion, by increasing strength and flexibility within muscles and joints through a structured series of exercises which are performed in circular pathways. Gyrokinesis is the foundation of this movement system and requires minimal to no equipment. It is a wonderful tool for anyone of any age, and has a particular benefit to dancers. This method stimulates and connects muscles, allowing for greater control and knowledge of the body and spine. It increases extension, improves alignment and strength and ultimately creates a greater physical prowess through an overall wider range of motion. It is an unmatched supplement and complement to a dancers training.


FREE Meditation Classes

New Haven Ballet is pleased to offer a new FREE online class: Mindfulness/Meditation (Corbin), Tuesday/Thursday, 2:00-2:30 p.m.

Come experience FREE live Meditation classes participants describe as, “an essential restorative,” and “de-stressing experience” that allows you to “recharge and recalibrate!”

Mindfulness/Meditation Class Description:

During this especially stressful time, this non-movement class (though there may be gentle body movement that is stationary) will use brief, guided sessions to concentrate on helping you make connections between the mind, body and spirit. 

Through grounding techniques that bring you back to the moment, mindfulness utilizes ideas that will help to recenter you in times of stress. Taking time to breathe and visualize can help to alleviate pressures that everyone faces at this difficult time. Because you will be asked to lower your gaze or close your eyes, seeing Gail is not as important as hearing her voice.

About the Instructor:

Gail Corbin has practiced Ideokinesis (a technique of imagery to promote alignment and posture) for many years with dancers of all levels. She is also certified in Mental Health First Aid and QPR (suicide prevention) Technique and has practiced mindfulness and meditative disciplines. 

Mindfulness/Meditation is open to students ages 12+ years. No prior experience necessary. Non-dancers welcome!

NHB Special: FREE offerings every Tuesday and Thursday! Click Here to register and participate for FREE Mindfulness/Meditation sessions with Gail Corbin from the comfort of your home on Tuesdays and Thursday from 2:00-2:30 p.m.


NHB Cancels Classes

March 12, 2020

Out of an abundance of caution and in light of our commitment to protect your health and the health of our faculty and staff, we will be canceling classes and rehearsals effective immediately due to COVID-19 concerns. Please closely monitor emails to learn the most up to date information. 


Summer Flash Sale

25% off summer classes

Students who register for July classes before February 16 will receive 25% off summer class fees.

Widely regarded as the standard for classical ballet training throughout the Greater New Haven Region, New Haven Ballet offers students an opportunity to improve their technical skills and artistry through a premiere ballet intensive experience during July. Students who participate for the full 4-week program can achieve marked improvement in strength, flexibility and technical ability.

Children’s Division (Ages 3 to 8 years):

For students ages 3 to 8 years old classes are offered in the late afternoons, and on Friday and Saturday mornings.

Student Division (Ages 8 to 19 years):

For students ages 8 to 19 years ballet intensive workshops offer a wide range of classes designed to maximize technical and artistic skills, while offering an opportunity to experience different modalities of movement in addition to learning how to take excellent care of their bodies. Classes range from ballet technique and pointe, to Pilates, stretch & conditioning, dance history, contemporary, injury prevention for dancers, nutrition, salsa and other forms of dance, and repertory. There is a weekly lecture demonstration on Fridays for friends and families to observe the progress students make during the week.

New Haven Ballet Artistic Director Lisa Sanborn notes, “New Haven Ballet offers students an opportunity to work with phenomenal professional faculty, who are comprised of highly experienced teachers, as well as professional dancers. This enables students to reach their full potential. Whether attending NHB year round or simply wishing to spend the summer with us, NHB welcomes and is thrilled to have you!”

New Haven Ballet is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, which offers classes to students, ages 3 years to adult in Bethany, Branford and New Haven. New Haven Ballet’s programs are made possible in part by the generosity of New Haven Ballet’s devoted patrons and supporters, including: State of Connecticut Department of Economic Community Development, Office of the Arts, City of New Haven Department of Arts, Culture & Tourism, National Endowment for the Arts, Ethel & Abe Lapides Foundation, Theresa Foundation, The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, United Illuminating, Lighting Up the Arts, The Frankel Foundation, and Bank of America.

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For more information about New Haven Ballet contact Ruth Barker at tel. 203-782-9038 or email: administrator@newhavenballet.org.


Teen/Adult Holiday Open Division Class Schedule

2019 Open Division Holiday Schedule:

  • NHB’s Thanksgiving vacation is Wednesday, November 27 through Saturday, November 30, 2019. We will hold Open Division class in New Haven (Danspace/Spielberger) on Sunday, December 1 from 10:00-11:30 am.
  • The week of December 9-15, 2019 is Tech Week for The Nutcracker at the Shubert Theatre. We will hold the following Open Division classes during Tech Week:

Monday, December 9 – 7:00-8:30 pm (Studio 70/Vendetto)

Tuesday, December 10 – 10:00-11:30 am (Danspace/Barker)

Thursday, December 12 – 10:00-11:30 am (Danspace/Barker)

  • After The Nutcracker performances, we will hold classes per our regular class schedule from Monday, December 16 through Sunday, December 22, 2019.
  • No classes will be held during Winter Recess, December 23, 2019 through January 4, 2020.
  • Classes resume on Monday, January 6, 2020.
  • Contact NHB’s Office at Tel. 203-782-9038 or email: administrator@newhavenballet.org if you have any questions.

NEW HAVEN 

Monday, 9:30-10:45 a.m., Modern (Corbin/Studio 70)

Monday, 7:00-8:30 p.m., Beginning Ballet (Vendetto/Studio 70)

Tuesday, 10:00-11:30 a.m., Intermediate Ballet (Barker/Danspace)

Tuesday, 6:15-7:45 p.m., Beginning/Intermediate Ballet (DeNofrio/Branford)

Thursday, 10:00-11:30 a.m., Intermediate Ballet (Barker/Danspace)

Thursday, 6:30-8:00 p.m., Intermediate Ballet (Vendetto/Whitney)

Friday, 10:00-11:30 a.m., Intermediate Ballet (Barker/Danspace)

Saturday, 8:00-9:30 a.m., Intermediate Ballet (Barker/Danspace)

Sunday, 10:00-11:30 a.m., Intermediate Ballet (Spielberger/Danspace)

STUDIO LOCATIONS —

Danspace and Studio 70: Community Foundation Building, 70 Audubon Street, New Haven

Branford: 9 Business Park Drive, Branford


Thanksgiving Break

Classes are canceled in honor of Thanksgiving Break Wednesday through Saturday, November 27-30.

Rehearsals for The Nutcracker will be held Saturday, November 30.


HALLOWEEN CANCELLATIONS

October 31, 2019

Cancelled: Thursday, October 31, 2019 — Adult/Teen Open Division Class (Vendetto/Whitney)

Cancelled: Thursday, October 31, 2019 — Nutcracker Rehearsals

Happy Halloween!


FREE Branford Performance

Artistic Director Lisa Sanborn is excited to announce that New Haven Ballet is partnering with the Branford Arts and Cultural Alliance (with special thanks to the Pine Orchard Club) to present a FREE community performance of excerpts from New Haven Ballet’s The Nutcracker at Pine Orchard Yacht and Country Club in Branford on Friday, November 22, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. 

The venue is intimate and seating is limited. We encourage you to arrive early. Refreshments will be available to purchase. All welcome. We hope you will join us!


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