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Branford Green Performance

Artistic Director, Lisa Sanborn, is excited to announce that New Haven Ballet will perform on the Branford Green, Saturday, June 29, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. This performance is FREE and open to the public!

The performance will include:

The Sleeping Beauty

The Sleeping Beauty ballet was adapted from the 1697 Charles Perrault tale, “The Sleeping Beauty in the Wood.” Tchaikovsky wrote the music and long time collaborator, Marius Petipa, choreographed the dances. It was first presented at the Mariinksy Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia, on January 15, 1890. While received favorably, especially when compared with Tchaikovsky’s first ballet, Swan Lake, it was not a resounding success. Today these dances have grown measurably in popularity and are performed by leading ballet companies around the world.

New Haven Ballet Company will perform The Sleeping Beauty Prologue: The Christening, in which the Fairies of the kingdom have been invited to be present at the christening of Princess Aurora. Each of the fairies bestows on the princess a special gift by way of a dance.

Peter Rabbit

New Haven Ballet premiered Artistic Director Lisa Sanborn’s all-new children’s ballet, Peter Rabbit, at the Shubert Theatre New Haven on May 18, 2019. This charming children’s ballet brings to life the delightful characters from Beatrix Potter’s beloved stories of Peter Rabbit. You will meet Peter, a young bunny who forages for vegetables in Mr. McGregor’s garden (much to Mr. McGregor’s dismay), and makes friends with Miss Potter (Mr. McGregor’s lovely neighbor), in addition to many forest dwellers. After Mr. McGregor suffers an injury, he has a vision in which Peter befriends and guides him home with the help of forest animals.

Attention NHB Performers:  

Branford Green Rehearsal Sched. Week of 6/18/19 

Branford Green Rehearsal Sched. Week of 6/24/19 

3-8 Years Old: Summer Ballet

Summer Ballet
Ages 3-8 years
For those completing 3K Pre-kindergarten, our 1st Steps class presents a joyful introduction to the art of ballet and dance. For those completing 4K Pre-kindergarten and KindergartenCreative Ballet promotes the development of a child’s natural creativity with focus on motor skill development and musical awareness. For those completing 1st and 2nd gradesPre-Ballet and Primaryoffer an introduction of more formal classical ballet training, using age appropriate ballet vocabulary and movement.Widely regarded as the standard for classical ballet training throughout the Greater New Haven Region, New Haven Ballet offers an opportunity for our youngest students to develop and refine cognitive and creative skills during the summer. Whether you attend NHB year round or simply wish to visit NHB welcomes and is thrilled to have you!
Photo: Thomas Giroir Photography (c) 2019

International Festival of Arts & Ideas

New Haven Ballet company will perform at the International Festival of Arts and Ideas on Sunday, June 9, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. on the New Haven Green Main Stage in downtown New Haven, Connecticut. The performance will feature excerpts from The Sleeping Beauty. Admittance is FREE and open to the public.

We hope you will join us!

DanceAIR Performance

New Haven Ballet invites you to attend its DanceAIR performance on Friday, May 24, 2019, at ECA ACES Performance Arts Hall, 55 Audubon Street, New Haven, at 6:00 p.m. This performance is FREE and open to the public.

DanceAIR is an outreach program that provides dance instruction to New Haven Public School 2nd graders and awards scholarships to those who complete the program.

Peter Rabbit DVD Orders

They grow up so fast!

To savor the memories for years to come place your Shared Ability, Sleeping Beauty and Peter Rabbit DVD or Video Download order now!

on or before June 15, 2019

DVD or Video Download orders must be received on or before June 15

We will not be able to process orders after June 15

The Great Give 2019

Support New Haven Ballet on May 1 & 2 for #theGreatGive; a fun, easy and flexible way to donate to and learn more about organizations like New Haven Ballet that help our community!

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April 2019 Newsletter

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Master Classes: Levels 1 & 2

Ballet Technique Master Classes with Kaitlyn Gilliland–


Monday, April 1, 2019 | 4:30-6:00 p.m.


Monday, April 1, 2019 | 6:00-7:00 p.m.

The Community Foundation Building, Studio 70, 70 Audubon Street, New Haven

Fee: FREE to NHB students enrolled in Levels 1 or 2

About Kaitlyn Gilliland 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.

Emily Coates & Sarah Demers Lecture and Book Signing


Shared Ability Begins 3/9

Shared Ability Choreography Project Through New Haven Ballet

New Haven Ballet’s Shared Ability program consists of weekly dance workshops for differently abled artists aged 8+ years. Classes are lead by Kerry Kincy, a teaching artist who uses dance as a tool to build social and cognitive abilities, and Brad Roth of Dancing Day, Inc. This wonderful program affords participating artists, including those with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, cerebral palsy, and other challenges, and their families, a chance to dance, meet, interact and share their unique experiences with one another in a safe and supportive environment.

The goals of the program include increasing New Haven Ballet’s accessibility, creating an opportunity for New Haven Ballet and differently abled artists to meet, interact, and share their experiences and skills, and fulfilling New Haven Ballet’s mission:

“To provide the greater New Haven Community with exceptional classical ballet training, performances, and outreach programs, which nurture appreciation of ballet and foster the joy of dance.”

WHAT: Weekly dance workshop for differently abled artists

WHEN: Saturdays, March 9 through May 11, 2019

TIME: 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.

WHERE: The Community Foundation Building, Lower Level (LL), 70 Audubon Street, New Haven, CT

WHO: Differently abled artists aged 10+ years

FEE: $215 (Financial assistance available. No student turned away based on inability to pay)

For more information
Tel. 203-782-9038

Mary Ann Mayer Rescheduled

New Haven Ballet is excited to welcome Mary Ann Mayer on Saturday, April 13, 2019. Ms. Mayer will offer ballet technique classes to Levels 2, 3 and 4 students at the Whitney Arts Center, 591 Whitney Avenue, New Haven, CT. This FREE workshop is offered to all NHB students enrolled in Levels 2, 3 and 4.

We encourage all to attend!


What: Ballet Technique Master Classes with Mary Ann Mayer

Who: Levels 2, 3 & 4 students

Cost: FREE

Location: 591 Whitney Avenue, New Haven, CT

Date: Saturday, March 2, 2019

Level 2 class 10:00-11:30 a.m.

Level 3 class 11:30-1:00 p.m.

Students wear class uniform

Emily Coates Master Class

Ms. Emily Coates will teach a Master Class Tuesday, March 5, 2019, from 4:30-6:00 pm for NHB levels 5-8 students in Danspace, 70 Audubon Street, New Haven.

Emily Coates Biography

A dance artist and writer, Emily Coates has directed the Dance Studies curriculum at Yale University since its inception in 2006. A recipient of the Poorvu Family Award for Interdisciplinary Teaching, she teaches dance in dialogue with theater, film, visual art, and physics, for Theater Studies and the Yale School of Drama. She has performed internationally with New York City Ballet (NYCB), Mikhail Baryshnikov’s White Oak Dance Project, Twyla Tharp, and Yvonne Rainer. Career highlights include dancing three duets with Baryshnikov, in works by Mark Morris, Karole Armitage, and Erick Hawkins. She was among the last generation of NYCB dancers to work closely with Jerome Robbins. She has presented her solo and collaborative creations at Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Zankel Hall, Harvard, Cornell, Brown, in the Movement Research Fall Festival and Performa Biennial, and created new work for Ballet Memphis, among other venues. Her essays have appeared in PAJ, Theater, and The Huffington Post. With particle physicist Sarah Demers, she is currently co-writing a book on physics and dance forthcoming from Yale University Press, with support from an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation grant for Public Understanding of Science, Technology, and Economics. Their science-art video Three Views of the Higgs and Dance, funded by the Arts Council of Greater New Haven, premiered in 2013. She graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in English and holds an M.A. in American Studies from Yale.

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