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About New Haven Ballet

The award-winning New Haven Ballet (NHB) began in the basement of St. Paul’s Church in the fall of 1985 as an outgrowth of the Connecticut Ballet under founding Artistic Director Noble Barker. Today NHB supports students aspiring to professional dance careers as well as those studying ballet for recreational purposes. In addition, the school has become a major arts organization, playing a vital role in the community through outreach and school programs, a student performance ensemble, and collaborations with artists within the community and beyond.

In 2014, Lisa Sanborn, a distinguished teacher and dancer, was named the Artistic Director. Under Ms. Sanborn’s leadership New Haven Ballet’s strong commitment to ensuring the joy of dance reaches as many within the community as possible has continued. Ms. Sanborn has grown the children’s and student divisions, instituted DanceAIR, which brings ballet education to New Haven Public School children, offered needs-based scholarships, brought in world renowned master guest teachers and choreographers, added classes for teens and adults participating in NHB’s recreational Open Division, and expanded Shared Ability, which brings dance and performance opportunities to differently abled students. She has staged and choreographed many works, including excerpts from: La Sylphide, Raymonda, La Bayadère, Giselle, Le Corsaire, Swan Lake, an all-new Nutcracker, which premiered in 2013, and established partnerships with area arts organizations, as well as leading musicians. Ms. Sanborn choreographed a full-length ballet, Beauty and the Beast, which premiered at the historic Shubert Theater in 2018. NHB has performed annually at several local summer festivals, including the Branford Festival and the International Festival of Arts and Ideas. Under Ms. Sanborn, NHB is poised to continue meeting the challenges that come with success: maintaining a high caliber dance program that supports students from beginner to pre-professional; moving into a dedicated facility that will enable the school to grow and expand; and continuing to develop community ties within Greater New Haven and southern Connecticut.

New Haven Ballet is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and acknowledges the generosity of our devoted patrons and corporations as well as foundation support including: City of New Haven Arts, Culture & Tourism, Department of Economic and Community Development, Ethel & Abe Lapides Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, NewAlliance Foundation, The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, Medtronic, the Theresa Foundation, the Carolyn Foundation, and the Frankel Foundation. Please visit our website at www.newhavenballet.org for more information. New Haven Ballet admits students of any age, race, color, creed or national origin to all rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded and made available to school students.

The New Haven Ballet school admits students of any age, race, color, creed or national origin to all rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded and made available to school students

 

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