Events

We are excited to announce that Chef’s Emporium in Orange, Connecticut, is hosting Nutcracker baking parties especially for New Haven Ballet on Saturday, November 11.

These fun filled Nutcracker themed parties provide an exciting hands-on cooking experience for your little chef. Here’s what’s included:

– An experienced and Certified Chef
– Exclusive use of Chef’s Emporium’s complete in-house kitchen
– All necessary ingredients
– An unforgettable fun-filled experience

 

Come join the festivities and bake a Nutcracker themed dessert with your friends!

Nutcracker Cookies – 1:00-3:00 p.m for children 3-5 years old (Mommy and Me)

Land of the Sweets Cupcakes – 4:00-6:00 p.m. for children 6-8 years old

Chef’s Emporium is located at 449 Boston Post Road, Orange, CT

The fee is $16.50/child

Nutcracker rehearsals end early on November 11 to allow everyone who wishes to participate the opportunity to do so. All proceeds from this event benefit New Haven Ballet, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

We will be opening the classes to the public and space is limited. Friends who do not attend NHB are welcome to register.

Please email administrator@newhavenballet.org or call 203-782-9038 to reserve your spot.

We hope to see you there!

 

Join us Saturday, September 30, for a lecture/demonstration that addresses health and wellness in young dancers. The Occupational Therapy Global Day of Service is sponsoring a “Pay It Forward Initiative,” and has asked occupational therapists and occupational therapy students to volunteer their time to make a difference in the world. To this end three graduate students from Sacred Heart University will be giving a FREE lecture/demonstration to NHB students and families.

Stephanie Dumond, Katilyn Romain, and our own Jennifer Rockwell Edwards will be discussing the importance of rest and sleep in children and teens, good sleep habits, nutrition for growing young athletes, and dance bag safety. Come have your dance bag weighed to see how much you’re really lugging around, and learn how to pack and carry your dance bag to reduce the risk of injury. We hope to see all of you there!

When: 1:30-2:30, followed by Q & A and bag weigh-in
Where: Studio 70, 70 Audubon St, New Haven
Who: NHB Level 2 through 8 students
Fee: FREE

Please call 203-782-9038 to reserve your spot

Jennifer Rockwell Head Shot 200x300 Wellness Workshop: Sept. 30

Jennifer Rockwell is an aluma of the Walnut Hill School for the Fine Arts in Natick, MA, where she studied dance performance, dance pedagogy and choreography. After graduating from high school Ms. Rockwell became a company member of Rosella Hightower’s Jeune Ballet International in France and, after returning to the United States, she performed as a principal guest artist with the Amherst Ballet and Pioneer Valley Ballet. At this time Ms. Rockwell began teaching at the Amherst Ballet School, and choreographed extensively for their school performances. She graduated suma cum laude from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2004, where she earned a BFA in Dance and a BA in Psychology. Her honors thesis for the Commonwealth College dealt with the importance of dance physiology and injury prevention training for young dancers. After graduating from college Ms. Rockwell danced with the Twin Cities Metropolitan Ballet as well as Minnesota Dance Theater and, was eventually invited to join the Saint Paul City Ballet Company as a principal artist in 2007. During her time with SPCB, she danced such roles as the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, and the title role in Raymonda, while also serving on the faculty of the Saint Paul City Ballet School. Ms. Rockwell has been on the faculty of the New Haven Ballet since moving to Connecticut in 2012, and she is currently pursuing a Master’s of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT.

 

 

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Katilyn Romain is originally from Bridgeport, WV. She graduated from West Virginia Wesleyan College in 2017 with a BS in Biochemistry. During college Ms. Romain served as a Service Scholar, where she volunteered in a 2nd-3rd grade special education classroom at a local elementary school for three years. It was this experience that inspired her to become an occupational therapist. Ms. Romain is currently pursuing a Master’s of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT.

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG 7339 242x300 Wellness Workshop: Sept. 30Stephanie Dumond attended Sacred Heart University, where she earned a BS in Health Science with a minor in Psychology. She played soccer all her life and has always been interested in athletic science and sports medicine. It was the result of a soccer injury which allowed her to experience first-hand the medical aspect of therapy. Although that incident disabled her sports career, it fortunately led Ms. Dumond to the profession of Occupational Therapy. It is her mission to help those who are not able to perform the activities which are meaningful to them, and to enrich their lives through activity and occupation. Ms. Dumond is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT.

NHB’s Ruth Barker will be a featured guest on the radio!

Don’t miss her interview —

What: WQUN radio interview of Ruth Barker

Where: AM 1220 WQUN

Date: Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Time: 8:45 a.m.

Whether you are driving to work or heading to school don’t miss on hearing the latest happenings at NHB!

We are delighted to announce that Mr. Sean Suozzi, New York City Ballet Soloist, will offer a Master Ballet Class:

Sunday, August 27, 2017

11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Levels 5-8

Danspace Studio, 70 Audubon St. (Lower Level), New Haven

Fee: $25

Students are required to wear their class uniform. This is an excellent opportunity for Level 5-8 students. Space is limited. Payment required to reserve your spot. We look forward to seeing you there!

Sean Suozzi performs in Agon

About Sean Suozzi —

Sean Suozzi was born in Glen Cove, New York, and began his dance training at the age of seven with Joyce DiLauro. Mr. Suozzi trained for four years at the Nutmeg Ballet in Torrington, Connecticut with Sharon Dante, Joan Kunsch, Eleanor D’Antuono, Alexei Tchernichov, and Kevin Martin. After attending the 1997 summer session at the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet, Mr. Suozzi was invited to continue his studies in the SAB winter session as a scholarship student. At SAB, he studied with Stanley Williams, Andrei Kramarevsky, Peter Boal, Jock Soto, and Susan Pilarre, among other SAB teachers. Mr. Suozzi was invited to become an apprentice with New York City Ballet in April 1999 and joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in February 2000. In May 2007, Mr. Suozzi was promoted to soloist.

NHB is excited to announce that Joseph Peterson, an experienced 5th Degree Champion black belt instructor, will offer a Master Class to students, friends and relatives about identifying, avoiding, diffusing, and defending against a threatening situation. At NHB we recognize the importance of teaching children of all ages these critical life skills. This class will help build confidence in a fun and safe environment.

What: Stranger Danger/Bully Defense

Who: Boys and Girls aged 6 to 16 years

Where: The Community Foundation Building, 70 Audubon Street, New Haven

When: Saturday, July 8, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Cost: $20 per student

Attire: Tee shirt, shorts or track pants, bare feet. Long hair should be secured away from face

Bring your friends! This class is not just for students who study at NHB but for friends and relatives as well.

Space is limited. If interested please contact NHB’s office at 203-782-9038. Payment is required at time of registration.

We look forward to your participation!

 

Head Instructor, Master Joseph Peterson

I have been teaching the art of Tae Kwon Do since 1994 throughout northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin. I started training in Tae Kwon do as a teenager to learn self-defense. As I am not shy to say, I was a huge fan of old-time “Kung Fu Theater” and similar programs of its likeness. What I quickly found out was that this activity was helping me to feel more confident about myself. My self-esteem was much better, and I started to feel strong as an individual. I continued my training throughout college at Northern Illinois University, which is when I discovered my love for teaching. By the time I finished college I was in charge of teaching a campus Tae Kwon Do club as well as a University-accredited Tae Kwon Do course. I finished college with a teaching degree in secondary education and immediately began my apprenticeship for instructing Tae Kwon Do. Since that time I have promoted to the rank of 5th Degree Black Belt and have been teaching and managing Tae Kwon Do schools/programs throughout the Northern Illinois (most specifically Rockford) and southern Wisconsin (Beloit, Janesville) areas full-time. Although I recently received my 5th Degree Black Belt (in 2009), becoming a “Master” of Tae Kwon Do, I will always see myself as a “student” of the arts.

I am very fortunate and happy to have wonderful, dedicated students. I look forward to continuing to study martial arts and pass on my knowledge to those that would care to study along with me. By teaching I have become a much better student. By continuing to train, I have realized how much I have to learn. Remember to always train and seek knowledge with the enthusiasm of a White Belt. For those who teach or would like to teach, remember, as a wise teacher once said, “If you would like to keep what I have taught you, give it to others.”

May 5, 2017

Open Division class schedule changes:

Monday’s 6:45 p.m. beginning ballet class at Whitney Avenue has been canceled through May due to low attendance.

In June, Lisa Sanborn will teach Open Division class on Monday evenings from 6-7:30 p.m. in Danspace (70 Audubon Street, New Haven); In July, Ruth Barker will teach Open Division class on Monday evenings from 6-7:30 p.m. in Danspace. This is in addition to the other scheduled Open Division classes.

Click here for full Summer schedules

In addition, please note NHB is closed on Sunday and Monday, May 28-29, for Memorial Day.

Finally, effective May 30, Adult/Teen Open Division class rates will increase as follows:

$19. per class  ($175  10– class card)
$16. per class College Students/Senior Citizens 65+ years. ($150  College/Senior 10–class card)
$13 per barre ($115 Barre only 10–class card)

We look forward to a wonderful summer and hope to see you in class!

We are holding a raffle this year!

Raffle tickets will cost $10/ticket and be sold at the NHB Audubon Street location and in the Shubert Theater lobby prior to the performance, as well as during intermission. The drawing will take place at the reception on the mezzanine of the Shubert theater immediately following the performance. Proceeds of the Raffle will support New Haven Ballet.

This year we have three themed baskets – each basket is very special. The following is a brief description of the three baskets (remember, YOU can be a winner by purchasing raffle tickets for just $10 each!!!)

Basket One: A Dancer’s Delight Basket – This wonderful basket includes a gift certificate to Dancer’s World, Bun Flowers, pointe kits, Arch Genie, wobble cushions, extra thick mat and many more dancer essentials. This is going to take your dancer to the next level!

Basket Two: Alice in Wonderland Tea Party Basket – This basket is a real ‘wonderland’ filled with teas, teaballs, honey sticks, teapots, tea cups and many more items. Have a wonderful tea party, or just a relaxing moment of reflection after the Spring Performance.

Basket Three: Private Lesson with the Artistic Director – This is a 45-minute private lesson with NHB Artistic Director Mrs. Sanborn. This is open to students aged 8 years through adult.

We’ve made it easy to contribute donations of your choice, through Bunflowerz and Amazon. We did this last year and it was very successful and reduced overlap in items. Family and Friends of New Haven Ballet are invited to contribute, and all donations are strictly voluntary and in direct support of NHB.

Click here to make your donation to the Dancer’s Delight Basket

Click here to complete the Dancer’s Delight Basket there is a special item from the Bunflowerz website….. very special indeed. We would love it for someone to donate this to the basket. This item should be ordered no later than May 10.

Click here to make your donation to the Alice in Wonderland Tea Basket,

Directions for Amazon donations:

Review both lists to identify the item(s) to donate, click “add to cart”. Add one or more items.
To purchase your item, upper right corner “Proceed to checkout”.

Shipping: ship to your own address, or if you prefer, to Anne Cropp. Please contact Anne if you wish to send items to her directly and to let her know after you have made a purchase for a basket (anne.cropp10@yahoo.com) informing her of the item that you have donated.

Please place your order no later than Friday May 10, 2017 so that your order will ship in the most economical manner. If additional time is needed please reach out to Anne Cropp (anne.cropp10@yahoo). Alternatively, if you would prefer to donate cash/check we will use those funds to purchase items for one of the gift baskets or to fund a gift certificate towards tuition.

We greatly appreciate your support of the Spring Raffle Basket event! Its fun, its easy and the more raffle tickets you purchase the greater your chances of winning these fabulous items!

We are delighted to announce that Ms. Gretchen Patchell will teach two Master Classical Ballet Classes:

Saturday, June 10, 2017
11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Levels 5-8
Danspace
70 Audubon Street, New Haven

Saturday, June 10, 2017
1:00-2:30 p.m.
Levels 2-3
Danspace
70 Audubon Street, New Haven
The fee for the Master Class is $18 per student. All students enrolled in Levels 2-8 are invited and encouraged to attend. Students are required to wear their class uniform.

Gretchen Patchell Bio
Gretchen Patchell received her early training at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. At age fourteen she was invited to attend the winter program at the School of American Ballet on full scholarship. Ms. Patchell has performed a vast assortment of ballets with the New York City Ballet, the Dutch National Ballet, and the former Fort Worth Dallas Ballet. While continuing to dance, Ms. Patchell accepted an invitation from Paul Mejia to teach at the Fort Worth School of Ballet in 1996. Ms. Patchell continues to enrich the lives of many children, both through her instruction and choreography.

This is an excellent opportunity for NHB students. To reserve your spot please bring payment to the NHB Office or call if you wish to have a credit card on file charged. We look forward to seeing you there!

 

EmilyCoatesEmily Coates returns to New Haven Ballet to offer a master ballet class to Level 5-8 students on Wednesday, February 22, 2017. We are thrilled to offer this opportunity to students and encourage all Level 5-8 students to participate.

Ms. 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 joint-creations 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 TheaterPAJ, 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.

Artistic Director, Lisa Sanborn, is thrilled to announce that Mayor Toni Harp and Martha Okafor, Community Services Administrator, awarded New Haven Ballet with the Mayor’s Neighborhood Cultural Vitality Grant in the amount of $4,675 in support of NHB’s Shared Ability program. Shared Ability provides weekly dance workshops to differently abled students aged 10-20 years with assistance from advanced NHB students and the guidance of movement specialist, Kerry Kincy. In addition to Mayor Harp and Ms. Okafor, Ms. Sanborn extends her sincere thanks to Department of Arts, Culture and Tourism Director, Andy Wolf, and Community Outreach Coordinator, Kim Futrell.

 

 

New Haven Ballet Board of Directors
Announces new President and Vice President

February 1, 2017

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Megan Murphy – President
Megan Murphy holds a double major in Ballet Performance and English from Indiana University and a Masters in Management from RPI. She is a Sr. Buyer at Avangrid in Orange, Connecticut. She danced professionally with the St. Louis Ballet and has been involved with NHB for many years, taking classes in the Open Division, as a teacher, and as a member of the Board who has served on selection committees and the fundraising committee. Ms. Murphy has great love and enthusiasm for NHB and looks forward to continuing to work with NHB’s talented Artistic Director, Lisa Sanborn, in their shared goal to provide high-quality ballet instruction, performance opportunities and outreach programs in our community.

Paula Armbruster – Vice President
Paula Armbruster is a retired clinical Associate Professor at the Yale School Medicine where she was on the faculty for 32 years. Growing up in Manhattan where her family held subscriptions to New York City Ballet and later American Ballet Theater as well, she is a balletomane. Ms. Armbruster continues these subscriptions currently. She and her daughter have taken classes at the New Haven Ballet. She has been a Board member for nine years. She is delighted to be on the Board under Artistic Director Lisa Sanborn’s watch, as her commitment to excellence of teaching, to on-stage opportunities for students (including bringing principals from major professional companies for The Nutcracker and for Master Classes), and to community outreach is exemplary.

John Newman will continue as the NHB Board Treasurer and Joanne Nault will continue in her role as NHB Board Secretary.

Lisa Sanborn began her dance training in New Jersey at the Princeton Ballet School. After moving to Illinois, Ms. Sanborn trained at the Ruth Page Foundation in Chicago with Larry Long, Dolores Lipinski, and Warren Conover. Ms. Sanborn danced as a member of the Clinton Contemporary Ballet and Quad Cities Civic Ballet companies in Iowa, performed for several years in the Chicago Tribune Charities production of The Nutcracker at the Arie Crown Theater, and appeared with the Royal Danish Ballet at the Auditorium Theater in Napoli. Prior to her appointment as Artistic Director at New Haven Ballet in April 2014, Ms. Sanborn was a distinguished teacher at the Ballet, and during her tenure taught ballet technique, variations, and pointe to both children and adults. She also choreographed and staged several works for NHB. Her students have pursued professional careers in dance and been accepted into elite programs, including: School of American Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Miami City Ballet, the Rock School (Pennsylvania Ballet), Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet Academy, Joffrey Ballet, Boston Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, and many others.
In addition to ballet, Ms. Sanborn is classically trained and certified in Pilates mat and all apparatus. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics from Skidmore College and a Juris Doctorate from Albany Law School of Union University. In 2015, Yale University appointed Ms. Sanborn an Associate Fellow of Pierson College. Ms. Sanborn also serves as a member of the Arts Industry Coalition and previously served on the Board of Directors for the Connecticut Dance Alliance.

 

Alisa Bowens is the Director of Alisa’s House of Salsa in New Haven, Connecticut. Ms. Bowens’s dancing journey began at the age of three at Gloria Jean’s Studio of Dance. She is a classically trained ballet, tap, and jazz dancer, who obtained her Dance Masters Of America (DMA), Professional Teaching Certificate. In 1998, she decided to take a Latin “Salsa” dance class and instantly was addicted to the music, movements, and spirit of Salsa dancing. In September of 2002, Ms. Bowens opened Alisa’s House of Salsa I, Studio Of Latin Dance, in New Haven, Connecticut. In the Winter of 2003, Alisa’s House Of Salsa II opened in Waterbury, Connecticut and in the summer of 2004, Alisa’s House Of Salsa III opened their doors in Hartford, Connecticut. Ms. Bowens has opened for Grammy-Award Winner Rueben Blades and performed as the lead Back-Up Dancer for M&M Recording Artist Hector-Bonet. She acted as lead Choreographer/Dancer/Performer with the Concert Tour of Morning, Noon, and Night, featuring A.W. Nardi. In addition, Ms. Bowens has opened for Jose Alberto “El Canario”, Huey Dunbar, Brenda K. Starr, Tito Nieves, Tiempo Libre, Eddie Palmieri, India (Salsa Palooza Tour), Spanish Harlem Orquestra, & Dee Dee Bridgewater, as well as performed as a dancer with Mi Cata (Afro-Latin Salsa band), Orquestra Espada and Marion Meadows, Jazz Saxophone player.

 

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.
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 joint-creations 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.

 

Jeremy Cox trained with New Haven Ballet for over 10 years and also at the School of American Ballet in New York City. Professionally, he danced with Miami City Ballet as a principal dancer for 10 years performing works by such notable choreographers as George Balanchine, Paul Taylor, and Twyla Tharp. In 2010, Mr. Cox debuted on Broadway as “Marty” in Twyla Tharp’s Come Fly Away. Mr. Cox joined NHB’s faculty in 2015.

 

Jennifer Rockwell Edwards is an alumna of the Walnut Hill School for the Fine Arts in Natick, MA, where she studied dance performance, dance pedagogy and choreography. Ms. Rockwell danced with Rosella Hightower’s Jeune Ballet International in France, and then returned to the United States to perform as a principal guest artist with the Amherst Ballet and Pioneer Valley Ballet. In addition, Ms. Rockwell danced with the Twin Cities Metropolitan Ballet as well as Minnesota Dance Theater and, was eventually invited to join
the Saint Paul City Ballet Company as a principal artist in 2007. She graduated suma cum laude from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2004, where she earned a BFA in Dance and a BA in Psychology.

 

Lauded as “refreshingly original” by Alastair Macaulay of The New York Times, choreographer Miro Magloire is the founder and artistic director of New Chamber Ballet. Magloire has created over 60 ballets in his signature style for his company, all distinguished by sweeping elegance, a striking theatricality, and bold musical choices. “It’s heartening to see work so focused on the meeting of dance and music,” Macaulay wrote in his Times review, “always you’re aware of an intelligence at work that resists romantic cliché.”
Known for his visionary collaborations with musicians – singers, violinists, pianists and large ensembles – Magloire has a special affinity for cutting-edge contemporary music, which has led him to work with many of today’s leading composers. Magloire, the subject of a 2008 full-page profile in the Sunday NY Times, recently received an O’Donnell-Green Music and Dance Foundation Grant. His works have been performed at Joyce SoHo, the Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out Stage, Roulette, Ailey/Citigroup Theater, the Center for Performance Research and the Museum of Art and Design, among other venues. He has collaborated with the Argento Chamber Ensemble, Ensemble Moto Perpetuo, Ensemble Sospeso and, in addition, has created ballets for the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and the State Academy of Dance in Cologne, Germany.
Born in Munich, Germany, Magloire started his career as a composer. At age 17 he won the “Forum of Young Composers Award” in North Rhine-Westphalia, and went on to study with Mauricio Kagel at the Conservatory of Music in Cologne, Germany. After relocating to New York to study Modern Dance at the Ailey and Martha Graham Schools, where his teachers included Yung-Yung Tsuai and Kazuko Hirabayashi, and ballet with Wilhelm Burmann and Peff Modelski among others, he turned his attention to choreography and in 2004 founded New Chamber Ballet.

 

Marc Spielberger performed as a dancer with the State Opera in Berlin. He joined Miami City Ballet in 1999 and was promoted to Soloist in 2006. He has danced works by notable choreographers such as Balanchine, Robbins, Forsythe, Bejart, Petit, among others. Mr. Spielberger received the “Prix Nouveaux”award for choreography at the American Ballet competition.

 

Nazorine Ulysse was born in Port au Prince, Haiti, started studying dance at East Rock Middle School in New Haven and is a graduate of ECA. Ms. Ulysse studied with the Ririe Woodberry Dance Company in Utah and at the Martha Graham School in New York City. While in New York, she studied Hatha Yoga at the Open Center and worked with Douglas Dunn on his dance project to Europe. She received her B.F.A in Dance from the California Institute of the Arts and an M.F.A in Dance from Sarah Lawrence College. After spending several years in New York City dancing with Oliver Tarpage, choreographing, and teaching, she returned to New Haven where she founded her own company, Ulysse and Dancers. She’s worked with Yale faculty Lasso Coulibaly from Burkina Faso. Ms. Ulysse performed and worked with professor Jerry Gardner exploring Japanese Butoh and martial arts. She worked On Terra Trackus: The Earth Moves- as the head choreographer. At Educational Center for the Arts (ECA) she teaches modern dance technique, Choreography III, Contact Improvisation, Sites Specific, Yoga, faculty Repertory, directed the E.C.A Dance Repertory Company and advises Senior Projects in the spring. She’s a faculty member of the Center for Creative Youth (CCY) at Wesleyan University.

 

Hyung Ji (Heidi) Yu began her early ballet training in the Vagonova Method in Korea. As a dancer of the Korean Ballet Theatre, Ms. Yu performed roles in several classical ballets. She received her Masters of Fine Arts degree in dance from New York University Tisch School of the Arts, where she focused on pedagogy and choreography. Ms. Yu has performed with the Roxey Contemporary Ballet Company and Albano Ballet Company, taught ballet and shown her choreography at festivals throughout New York. She holds a teaching certificate in the Vagonova Method. Ms. Yu is currently the Artistic Director of AS Arts NY and teaches ballet at the Broadway Dance Center in New York.

For more information about NHB Faculty: http://newhavenballet.org/faculty/

OUR MISSION

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

On October 31, 2020, NHB’s Board of Directors adopted the following Diversity and Inclusion Statement:

New Haven Ballet celebrates those who aspire to excellence in classical ballet. A culture of creativity is the core of our work and diversity promotes innovation. The arts can provide powerful life-changing experiences that prepare students and impact audiences to lead more successful, meaningful and culturally rich lives. The arts can also prove to be an important platform for social change. At New Haven Ballet we are passionate about creating an inclusive dance environment and performances that promote and value diversity and inclusion. We will continue to strive to increase diversity in age, gender identity, race, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability, ethnicity, and perspective, which will improve and strengthen our work.

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