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Lacina Coulibaly Master Class

Lacina Coulibaly will offer a Master West African/Contemporary Class on Wednesday, April 11, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. for NHB level 6-8 students at the Whitney Arts Center, 591 Whitney Avenue, New Haven. Level 6-8 students are invited and encouraged to attend even if not enrolled in Contemporary class. Students are required to wear their class uniform. This is an incredible opportunity and honor for NHB students and we look forward to seeing you there!

Lacina Coulibaly –

Lacina Coulibaly was born in Burkina Faso. His professional dance career, deeply rooted in African traditional dances, later merged with European contemporary influences to create a uniquely African choreographic expression.

In 1995, Mr. Coulibaly created the Cie Kongo Bâ Teria with Souleymane Badolo and Ousseni Sako. Their creations, Frères sans stèles(1999), Vin Nem (2001) et Hydou Bye (2004) toured the world and won international awards, including the award of 3rd place at SANGA, les Rencontres Choréographiques for Vin Nem (2001) which toured more than 30 cities in Europe in 2002 and throughout the United States in 2004 on the Movement (R)Evolution tour.

The company Kongo Bâ Teria was recently featured in the documentary film Movement (R)Evolution Africa (2007), available from Documentary Educational Resources (

Mr. Coulibaly has danced and choreographed with other international dance companies, such as Salia ni SeydouFaso Danse Theatre, and TchéTché and assisted Nora Chipaumire (Dark Swan) Urban Bush Woman. He has collaborated with individual artists, such as Emily Coates, Amy Sullivan, Wendy Jehlen, Kota Yamakazi and Seydou Coulibaly. He has also acted as a guest lecturer and artist in residence for Brown University, Yale University, New School, University of Florida, Cornell University, UCLA, Ohio State University, Sarah Lawrence College, and Barnard College, in addition to ECA in New Haven, EDIT, the Choreographic Development Center, and CDC la Termitière in Burkina Faso.

He is currently the artistic director of the Compagnie Artistique Hakili Sigi, associate choreographer to the project Engagement Feminine and guest lecturer at Yale University and Sarah Lawrence College.

Emily Coates Master Class

Emily Coates will offer a Master Classical Ballet Class on Thursday, March 29, from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. for NHB level 6-8 students in Danspace, 70 Audubon St., New Haven. Level 6-8 students are invited and encouraged to attend even if not enrolled in Thursday classes. Students are required to wear their class uniform.

Ms. Coates is a former member of New York City Ballet and currently acts as the Director of Dance Studies Curriculum, Assistant Professor Adjunct of Theater Studies, Assistant Professor Adjunct of Directing at Yale University/Yale School of Drama. Please see Ms. Coates’ biography below. This is an incredible opportunity and honor for NHB students and we look forward to seeing you there!


Emily Coates –

Emily Coates received the School of American Ballet Mae L. Wein Award for Outstanding Promise in 1992 and joined New York City Ballet that same year. After six years with NYCB, she transitioned into contemporary dance. At the invitation of Mikhail Baryshnikov, she joined White Oak Dance Project (1998 – 2002), and subsequently performed with Twyla Tharp Dance (2001 – 2003), and Yvonne Rainer (2005 – present). Performing career highlights include three duets with Baryshnikov: Mark Morris’ The Argument, in Karole Armitage’s The Last Lap, and Erick Hawkins’ Early Floating, principal roles in works by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins and Twyla Tharp, Lucinda Childs’ canonical solo Carnation, Yvonne Rainer’s 21st century creations, and Christopher Janney’s solo HeartBeat, originally performed by Sara Rudner and later Baryshnikov. In her own creations, she tries to integrate whenever possible movement research, choreography, and writing. Her research interests include the aesthetics and evolution of postmodern dance and intercultural collaboration, focusing on two distinct areas: contemporary American and African dance collaborations, and interdisciplinary arts and science research. Between 2005 – 2009 she co-directed MIND (Motion in Dialogue) with Bronwen MacArthur, with whom she created four original dance theater works while in residence at Yale. Other past projects include Empty Is Also, created with Israeli sculptor and Yale School of Art graduate Tamar Ettun and commissioned by Performa 09 to critical praise. Since 2011, she has collaborated with violinist Charlie Burnham on a series of improvisations presented in the Vision Festival and at Jalopy in Red Hook, Brooklyn, and with French horn player and composer Will Orzo, most recently on a performance for the Take Your Time Series in New Haven, CT. She has been a resident artist at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, where she was a Martha Duffy Memorial Fellow, Duo Multicultural Arts Center, and Jacob’s Pillow through its Creative Development Residency. Her recent projects include a multi-sited research project on intercultural collaboration undertaken with Lacina Coulibaly, an artist based in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Their jointcreations include the development of a duet titled Ici Ou Ailleurs, performed in full or excerpted at Cornell, Harvard, Brown, Baryshnikov Arts Center, and in the Movement Research Fall Festival. Their second piece for a group of eight dancers, commissioned and performed by Ballet Memphis and titled Où Que Nous Soyons, premiered in Memphis , TN in February 2011. They are currently working on a third choreographic creation and a book project, developed in collaboration with scholar Brent Hayes Edwards. In the area of integrated arts and science research, she has collaborated with particle physicist Sarah Demers since 2011, first on a co-taught course at Yale titled The Physics of Dance, and now through co-authoring an interdisciplinary book on physics and dance based on the course, forthcoming from Yale University Press. Their project “Discovering the Higgs” was selected for the Arts Council of Greater New Haven’s Reintegrate initiative in 2012-2013. Their related science-art video “Three Views of the Higgs and Dance” premiered online in December 2013. Her essays have appeared in Theater, PAJ, Huffington Post, and Transformations. With Joseph Roach, she is co-editor of Theater’s 2010 issue on postglobal dance. Between 2006 and 2012, she served as the artistic director of Professor Roach’s World Performance Project at Yale. She graduated magna cum laude with a BA in English from Yale ’06 and holds an MA in American Studies from Yale ’11. Currently, she is an assistant professor (adjunct) in Theater Studies and director of dance studies at Yale University, where she has directed the dance curriculum since its inception in 2006.

Tickets on Sale to Beauty and the Beast

Tickets to Beauty and The Beast are on sale now at

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Reserve your seats today for New Haven Ballet’s presentation of Beauty and the Beast at the historic Shubert Theater in downtown New Haven on May 19 at 1:30 p.m. Excerpts from Paquita and NHB’s outreach program, Shared Ability, will also perform.

Shared Ability 2018

New Haven Ballet’s Shared Ability program consists of weekly dance classes for differently abled students aged 10 to 26 years. Classes are lead by Kerry Kincy, an experienced movement specialist and teaching artist who uses dance as a tool to build social and cognitive abilities. This wonderful program affords participating students, including those with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, cerebral palsy, and other challenges, and their families, an opportunity to meet, interact, and share their unique experiences with one another in a safe and supportive environment.

WHAT: Weekly movement workshops for differently abled students

WHEN: Saturdays, February 24 through May 19, 2018

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 students aged 10 to 26 years

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

Tel. 203-782-9038
Shared Ability is made possible due to the generosity of the City of New Haven Mayor’s Community Grants Program.

WTNH News 8

Don’t miss the feature story by WTNH News 8’s Anne Craig about NHB’s The Nutcracker! Click Here to View

New Haven Tree Lighting

New Haven Ballet is thrilled to perform at the City of New Haven’s Tree Lighting Ceremony on Thursday, November 30, at 5:00 p.m. We hope you will join us on the New Haven Green to help celebrate this holiday tradition. Look for the performance to be featured on the 6:00 News on Chanel 30 NHB Connecticut. Additional festivities include an appearance by Santa, a petting zoo, and carnival rides. 

NHB on WTNH News 8

WTNH’s news 8’s Anne Craig visited with New Haven Ballet students to learn about all that goes into preparing for The Nutcracker. Ms. Craig’s story about New Haven Ballet’s Nutcracker will appear on Chanel 8’s News at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 30. Make sure to tune in! Click here for WTNH’s website.

Alejandro Ulloa Joins NHB Faculty

NHB is thrilled to welcome Alejandro Ulloa to our faculty.

Mr. Ulloa began his professional career in Managua, Nicaragua. Under the direction of Maestro William Herrera, Mr. Ulloa became principal dancer of Gran Ballet Quetzaltnahuatl, trained at the Escuela Nacional de Ballet, and then joined the Compañía Ballet de Nicaragua where he became a principal dancer. In 2010, he was invited to be part of the contemporary company Danza Contemporánea Universitaria UNAN-Managua. In 2012, Mr. Ulloa joined the Mystic Ballet located in Mystic Connecticut, where he danced principal roles choreographed by Sergei Vanaev, Brian Enos, Gabrielle Lamb and Lauren Edson, performed in venues such as: MGM Foxwoods Casino located in Connecticut, Jacob’s Pillow Festival in Lenox Massachusetts, APAP Festival in New York City, Bitef Theather and Terazije Theater in Belgrade, Serbia. In 2015, Mr. Ulloa and Maestro Herrera launched the first ballet and neoclassical ensemble in a Nicaraguan University and he became the Cultural Promoter for the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Nicaragua, as well as Director for the “Taller de Líneas Clásicas”. In this year he also became co-producer, teacher and choreographer for Compañía Ballet de Nicaragua and Gran Ballet Quetzaltnahuatl, as well as ballet and contemporary professor at the Escuela Nacional de Ballet de Nicaragua. Mr. Ulloa was principal dancer for the 40th and 45th anniversary of Teatro Nacional Ruben Dario- Nicaragua, as well as guest artist for the 50th anniversary of Universidad de Campeche-Mexico, the 20th anniversary of Fundacion Ballet de El Salvador, Gainesville Ballet’s “Carmen” in 2016 (Virginia- USA), Danse Etoile’s “Le Bayadere” (Costa Rica). He has performed with Connecticut Ballet, New England Ballet and Island Moving Company, taught for the Connecticut Ballet Center, Connecticut Theater Dance, Nutmeg Performing Dance Center, ballet master for New England Ballet and the New England Dance Arts, guest choreographer for the Connecticut Lyrical Opera. Mr. Ulloa was part of the” Art and science unite as psychological treatment in adults and youth workshop” developed by the Yale Hispanic Mental Health Clinic and was award in 2016 “Artist of International Projection of the Year” by the Nicaraguan Artist Association. Mr. Ulloa joined NHB’s faculty in 2017.

I-95 Billboard

Heading North on I-95 towards New Haven, look for New Haven Ballet’s Nutcracker digital billboard near the Kimberly Avenue exit! New Haven Ballet performs The Nutcracker at the Shubert Theater in New Haven on December 16-17.

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Clinton Crossing

Saturday, November 25, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets, Clinton, CT

Meet Clara and the Nutcracker prince while you shop the sales and begin holiday shopping at Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets!

Have your photo taken with New Haven Ballet’s Clara and Nutcracker Prince, buy nutcrackers at sale prices —

Look for us in front of Abercrombie & Fitch

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Trunk Sale

Trunk Sale at our Branford Studios!

This is your chance to buy an extra class leotard, get a backup pair of pointe shoes for Nutcracker or try something different. Begin holiday shopping and buy those warm ups or skirt your dancer has been eyeing, as well as stock up on dance accessories.

Items for children and adults will be available.

What: Dancewear Sale — drastically reduced prices — up to 50% off
Where: NHB Branford Studios, 9 Business Park Drive, Branford
When: Saturday, November 18, 2017
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Dancer’s Price, 1001 Main Street, Bridgeport, is partnering with NHB to sell inventory from their store. 10% of sales go towards NHB’s Annual Fund. New Haven Ballet is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We appreciate your generosity and support!

Professional pointe shoe fitter (YAGP), Lurine “Candy” Campbell, will be on hand to fit you in a new pair of Russian Pointe, Bloch, Gaynor Minden, Grishko, etc., pointe shoes!

Some of the items Dancer’s Price carries:
Ballet Shoes:
So Danca- Stretch. Canvas ( Pink and flesh)
So Danca- Full sole leather (Children-Pink, Black)
Bloch – Synchrony stretch Canvas (Pink)
Sansha- Canvas (Pink)
Sansha- Leather (Children -Pink)

(Special order is available for any style we don’t carry)

Pointe Shoes:
Grishko Proflex
Gaynor Minden
Russian Pointe (Mixture of styles )
Bloch (Balance, Heritage, Euro Stretch)
Sansha( Duval)
So Danca (Sd09)

Accessories: Ribbon by Bloch, Gaynor, Pillows, Sansha

Toe Pads: Bloch, Pillows,Toe Saver

Toe wrap by Grishko

Stitch kits: by Bloch and Bunhead

Hair nets: Pillows

Warm up Booties: Bloch, So Danca, Grishko

Leg Warmers, jumpers, Sweaters etc.

Alignment belts

Boys tops and leggings – Bodywrapper

Directions to the Branford Studio:

From the South —

Take I-95 North to
Exit 56 (Leetes Island Road)
Turn LEFT onto Leets Island Road
Turn LEFT onto Business Park Drive (before Dunkin Donuts)
Turn LEFT into the driveway after you pass Baymont Inn & Suites
Drive towards the back of the complex until you see a fence and I-95
New Haven Ballet’s entrance is next door to the lighting store

NHB Presents The Nutcracker




NOV. 1, 2017– NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT – The costumes…the scenery…the pure magic of Artistic Director Lisa Sanborn’s The Nutcracker comes to life, as New Haven Ballet performs this holiday classic at the Shubert Theater, on Saturday and Sunday, December 16th and 17th. Don’t miss this wonderful family friendly show. See Clara’s dream come alive as she helps the Nutcracker battle the Mouse King, is lead by tiny reindeer through the Land of Snow and meets the Sugar Plum Fairy.

New Haven Ballet performs The Nutcracker at the Shubert Theater on Saturday, December 16 at 1:00 and 5:00 p.m., and Sunday, December 17 at 1:00 and 5:00 p.m.
The production features approximately 200 performers, choreography by Lisa Sanborn, with guest artists Simone Messmer, Principal Dancer with Miami City Ballet, and former Principal Dancer with New York City Ballet and present Broadway star (My Fair Lady) Stephen Hanna. Tickets range in price from $27.50 – $68 (including $4 per ticket Shubert restoration fee) and can be purchased in person at the Shubert Box Office in New Haven, by calling 203-562-5666 or at

New Haven Ballet is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and acknowledges the generosity of its devoted patrons and Corporations as well as Foundation support including: New Alliance Foundation, City of New Haven Department of Cultural Affairs, The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, the Ethel & Abe Lapides Foundation, Medtronic, The Frankel Foundation, Connecticut Office of the Arts/Department of Economic and Community Development, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Contact: Ruth Barker,, (203)782-9038

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