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Messmer and Hanna Return to Star in Nutcracker

Simone Messmer and Stephen Hanna star in NHB’s The Nutracker. Photo: Thomas Giroir Photography (c) 2018

NHB is thrilled to announce that Simone Messmer and Stephen Hanna will return to star as the Sugar Plum Fairy and Cavalier in NHB’s 2018 Nutcracker!

Simone Messmer:

Born in Minneapolis, Minn., Simone Messmer began studying dance at the age of nine at Ballet Arts Minnesota. At 14, she continued her training at The HARID Conservatory in Boca Raton, Fla., and was awarded the Jeannot B. Cerrone Award for Excellence in Dance. At 16, she resumed her training at Ballet Arts Minnesota under the direction of Bonnie Mathis. Messmer participated in American Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensive Program in 2001 and joined ABT Studio Company in that same year.

Messmer danced with ABT for over a decade, rising to the rank of soloist in 2010. While in the company, Messmer originated major roles in new works by Alexei Ratmansky such as Firebird, Symphony #9, On the Dnieper, as well as by Christopher Wheeldon and Benjamin Millepied. Her extraordinary range extends from Twyla Tharp’s Baker’s Dozen to Giselle’s Myrtha. Messmer was awarded the Leonore Annenberg Arts Fellowship in 2010.

Messmer joined San Francisco Ballet in 2013 performing principal roles in Balanchine’s Agon and Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet, and Ratmansky’s From Foreign Lands and Chamber Symphony. Other major roles included “The Man I Love” in Balanchine’s Who Cares?, The Firebird in Passokov’s The Firebird, and appearances in works by Mark Morris and Liam Scarlett.

She joined Miami City Ballet as a principal in 2015.

Stephen Hanna:

Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he trained under Roberto Munoz, Mr. Hanna entered the School of American Ballet (SAB) and studied with esteemed teachers Stanley Williams, Andre Kamervsky, and Richard Rapp. At SAB Mr. Hanna was awarded the Mae L. Wein Award for outstanding promise. Mr. Hanna became an apprentice with New York City Ballet in 1997, and later that year hey joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet. Mr. Hanna was promoted to the rank of soloist in February 2004 and in January 2005 he was promoted to principal dancer. He has performed principal roles in ballet by Peter Martins, George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Richard Tanner, and Albert Evans.

Mr. Hanna has appeared in the movies Center Stage (2000), Disney Royals (2017), and Forever (2014), in addition to several Broadway productions, including Billy Elliot (2008), Silence the Musical (off Broadway 2011), On the Town (2014), An American in Paris (2015), and Hello Dolly (2017).

 

 


Henry Seth Master Class

NHB is thrilled to announce that Level 6/7/8 Students are invited to participate in a Master Class taught by former NYCB dancer, Henry Seth, on Thursday, October 11, 4:30-6:00 p.m. in Danspace, 70 Audubon Street, New Haven.
 
About Mr. Seth —
 
Henry Seth began his ballet training at the age of 10 with the School of the Hartford Ballet. This opportunity arose out of a City of Hartford outreach program that helped young people with the expense associated with proper dance attire, lessons, and transportation to the studio. With great discipline, concerted effort, and lots of passion, he quickly developed into an outstanding dancer.
 
In the fall of 1994, he accepted a full scholarship to the School of American Ballet, the official school of the New York City Ballet. Following his pre-professional training at SAB, Henry became an apprentice with NYCB in the spring of 1995 and was invited to join the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in summer 1996, where he performed for sixteen years. Throughout his full career with NYCB he was fortunate to collaborate with many of the most talented and pioneering choreographers and dance artists in the world. While with NYCB he also shared his considerable talents in the Company’s Outreach & Education Department.

Thank You Daniel Ulbricht

New Haven Ballet wishes to extend a warm thank you to New York City Ballet Principal Dancer, Daniel Ulbricht, for teaching an amazing ballet technique class to Level 6, 7 & 8 students on Monday, September 24, 2018. We hope Mr. Ulbricbht returns to New Haven Ballet very soon!


NHB Kicks Off Annual Appeal

Dear NHB Friends and Families,
It is time for NHB’s largest annual fundraiser, the 2018 Annual Appeal!
This year New Haven Ballet would like to ask our generous supporters to once again consider making a gift to New Haven Ballet.

As New Haven Ballet continues its pursuit of excellence by providing students with the highest level of classical ballet training in the greater New Haven region, we recognize that we cannot fulfill our goals without the unwavering support of our families and friends. Our growth as an organization and presence within the greater New Haven community is dependent on you—our donors. This year our goal is to raise $10,000 to go towards:

-Performance opportunities for our students
-Upkeep and expansion of our studios
-Salaries for our renowned faculty and guest artists
-Costumes
-Sets
-Scholarships
-Outreach through our Shared Ability and DanceAir programs

To Make a Gift Please Click Here. We thank you for your generosity and support and look forward to seeing you and your family at New Haven Ballet’s upcoming performances.

Please call 203-782-9038 if you prefer making a monthly pledge, gift by check or
gift via stock transfer.

We thank you for your generous donation

We thank you for helping to make dance dreams come true!

Yours sincerely,

Lisa Sanborn

Artistic Director

New Haven Ballet


August 2018 Newsletter

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Free Trial Class

You’re Invited… Come on Over!

FREE TRIAL CLASS for NEW STUDENTS through September 30, 2018

Call 203-782-9038 to reserve your spot. Space is limited.

AGES: All students ages 3+ are welcome in our dance classes!

DATES: New students may schedule a FREE TRIAL class any day that we offer classes for your age and class level

HOURS: Classes are offered through the week at our Branford and New Haven studios.

Click here for schedule

LOCATIONS: Click here for class locations

Click here for class descriptions ages 3 to 8 years

Click here for class descriptions ages 9 to 19 years

Click here for Teen/Adult Drop-in Classes (ages 12+)

 


Summer 2018 Newsletter

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$10K Matching Pool by Bank of America

Bank of America Charitable Foundation has committed $10,000 to a matching fund pool for performing arts organizations over the 36-hours of The Great Give®.  NHB is one of 46 that qualifies for the match! Unlike other matches from The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven and the Valley Community Foundation, the Bank of America Performing Arts Challenge will pro-rate its funds by the number of donors, not on the dollars raised. Please help NHB win some of these funds by encouraging as many as possible to make a gift during the Great Give on May 1-2. 


NHB to see NYCB

NYC Ballet performs Coppelia. Photo by Paul Kolnik (c) 2018.

Level 6/7/8 students are invited to see New York City Ballet’s production of the beloved classical ballet Coppelia on June 2, 2018!

Students will also have the opportunity to participate in a technique class with one of the dancers from New York City Ballet in their studios at Lincoln Center. The fee is $215 per student. This includes: round-trip train fare, performance ticket to Coppelia, ballet technique class taught by a member of the New York City Ballet Company, and lunch.

NHB is thrilled to sponsor this once in a lifetime opportunity for Level 6/7/8 students. Space is limited. For more information and to reserve your spot contact: administrator@newhavenballet.org


Costume Fundraiser

Baby NHB ballerinas try on butterfly and firefly costumes for Beauty and the Beast

Dear New Haven Ballet Families and Friends,

If you’ve been around New Haven Ballet (NHB) recently, you’ll notice that the halls and studios are buzzing with excitement about NHB’s newest production: a full-scale Beauty and the Beast, to showcase the school performance on Saturday, May 19, at the Shubert Theater.

For this year’s school performance, NHB is breaking with tradition—and starting a grand new tradition—by putting all students, from Creative Ballet 1 to advanced level 8, into a gorgeous new production of a real ballet. For the inaugural year, Artistic Director Lisa Sanborn has chosen the beloved fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, with brand-new choreography, staging, and costumes.

A production that includes parts for piglets, butterflies, fireflies, sugar cubes, “chips,” roses, bluebells, napkins, and townsfolk—in addition to New Haven Ballet Company performing the roles of Belle and her court, Madame Armoire, Feather Duster, and Lumiere, and featuring former Miami City Ballet Principal Dancer, Jeremy Cox as the Beast —needs a lot of costumes, and busy hands at NHB are hard at work creating them. Unlike The Nutcracker, in which costume makers can build on the previous year’s costumes, our costume department has little on hand to work with for all the costumes we need—almost 100 piglet costumes alone! Our designers have a lot of imagination, though, and NHB families are eagerly helping with the work. But even hard-working volunteer costumers need materials to work with, and NHB will have to purchase cloth, tulle, bodices, masks, headpieces, and other components.

This year we are asking for your help to stock our costume wardrobe. Once we have built up our costume stock, we’ll have the versatility to re-use costumes in future productions—we won’t have to start all over again for each new production.

Please consider helping to deck out our fireflies and flowers and napkins and townspeople and sugar cubes—not to mention all those piglets!—and make Beauty and the Beast dazzling. The smiles on our dancers’ faces as they perform in a real ballet with real ballet costumes will light up the theater. And isn’t that what going to ballet school is all about? Thank you.

CLICK HERE TO DONATE

New Haven Ballet is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization.


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