NHB is thrilled to announce that NHB alum, Alejandra Iannone, will return to NHB to teach master classes to June Session Level 4-8 Students on Friday, June 3, 2016.

Alejandra Iannone

About Alejandra Iannone

Alejandra Iannone (NHB Alumna, 2004) is as an interdisciplinary artist who works at the intersection of art and the humanities. After receiving a B.F.A. cum laude in Dance from Fordham University/The Ailey School, Alejandra went on to earn an M.A. in Philosophy from Temple University, where her research focused on Aesthetics, Philosophy of Dance, and Philosophy of Mind. She is also a graduate of Temple University’s Teaching in Higher Education Certification Program, an American Ballet Theater® Affiliate Teacher, an alumna of the Leap n’ Learn certification program, and Balanced Body® Pilates Instructor.

Like her educational background, Alejandra’s professional pursuits have been wide in scope. Over the last decade, Alejandra has had the honor of performing and presenting choreography at venues throughout the United States and abroad, including the Josie Robertson Plaza at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Jacob’s Pillow, the Ailey Citigroup Theater, and the Versace Mansion. She was a featured performer in The Ride (a New York Drama Desk Award Nominee for Unique Theatrical Experience), and has danced in works by Sidra Bell, Christopher Huggins, Take Ueyama, Alvin Ailey, Jacqulyn Buglisi, Donna Salgado and Penelope Freeh.

Her writings on philosophy and art have been distributed through scholarly and popular channels, including the International Journal of Technoethics, DIYdancer, and the American Society for Aesthetics Graduate E-journal. Alejandra has been an invited speaker on art, culture, and technology at Columbia University-Teachers College, Central Connecticut State University Philosophy Circle, and during proceedings of the New York City Council’s Committee of Cultural Affairs.

She has also had the pleasure of working as an educator in both arts and humanities contexts. Since 2014, she has served as Coordinator of the Young Children’s Division at Minnesota Dance Theatre & School. Before joining the MDT team, Alejandra was a long-time member of the ballet faculty at The Ailey School and an adjunct member of the philosophy departments at Fordham University, Temple University and the City College of New York.

In 2015, Alejandra co-founded Sparkle Theatricals, a Minneapolis-based performance group whose productions celebrate curiosity and inspire laughter.

Dancin-in-the-Streets_2015-poster-webThis year marks a New Haven first with a dance festival — “Dancing in the Streets,” on Thursday, June 11, which will celebrate dance in New Haven, featuring performances by New Haven Ballet, Elm City Dance Collective, a capoeira demonstration, free salsa lesson and dancing by Alisa’s House of Salsa, and much more.

New Haven Ballet Artistic Director, Lisa Sanborn, explains, “As a primary cultural and arts center in Connecticut, New Haven is especially rich is its breadth and scope of dance offerings. From classical ballet, tap, and jazz, to ballroom and contemporary dance, to many, various ethnic dance genres and contingencies, New Haven is home to a wide and colorful dance community. We are honored to host this first for New Haven dance festival as a salute to the International Festival of Arts and Ideas, and to celebrate all who enjoy dance – from recreational participants to audiences of all ages.”

Partnering with New Haven Ballet to make the dance festival possible this year is NeighborWorks America. “As part of NeighborWorks America’s National NeighborWorks Week, we are excited to be a partner in this community building event and are excited to participate in the first annual Dancin’ in the Streets,” states Director of Operations and Programs, Gloribell Lopez.

The dance festival will take place on the New Haven Green at Temple Street between Elm and Chapel Streets, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. There is no admission charge. New Haven Mayor Toni N. Harp is thrilled to serve as Honorary Chair of this first-ever New Haven Dance Festival and will welcome dance enthusiasts to this celebratory event on Thursday, June 11.

New Haven Ballet is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and acknowledges the generosity of its devoted patrons and corporation as well as foundation support, including Carolyn Foundation, 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, Theresa Foundation, and Withers Bergman LLP.

The Arts Council of Greater New Haven Announces the 20th Audubon Arts on the Edge, 2015

On Saturday, June 6, from 12-5 p.m., families with children of all ages are invited to join us on Audubon Street (between Whitney Avenue and Orange Street) for the 20th year of Audubon Arts on the Edge, an afternoon of free, family-oriented music, dance, hands-on arts-and-crafts activities, and interactive educational programs. Rain or shine!

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To the NHB Community,

On behalf of the NHB Search Committee and the Board of Directors, I am delighted to announce that Lisa Sanborn has accepted our offer to become the next Artistic Director of NHB, effective immediately.

The search brought in applicants from around the world—one strong candidate is currently in Hong Kong—and the Search Committee vetted numerous applications and spoke to several promising candidates. Ultimately, it was clear that Lisa was far and away the strongest candidate for NHB. The unanimous choice of the Search Committee and the Board, Lisa has also received an outpouring of support from the NHB community, many of whom sent letters on her behalf.

As Interim Artistic Director, Lisa was set with the daunting task of taking over the school on short notice, staffing the classes, producing—and choreographing—a Nutcracker worthy of the Shubert, fundraising, and performing the myriad tasks that are part of the Artistic Director’s daily duties. She has succeeded in all particulars, handling with grace, competence, and good humor not only the expected duties but the unexpected—such as finding a new Nutcracker backdrop on short notice.

In the spring term, Lisa has brought world-class dancers to work with our students, including principals and former soloists with New York City Ballet, launched both our Shared Ability and the new DanceAIR outreach programs, and worked with the Board to develop an artistic vision consistent with the NHB mission. I feel confident that Lisa will prove a strong leader, taking NHB to new artistic levels and serving the New Haven community in multiple ways.

Please join me in welcoming Lisa to her new position.


Jeremy Mellitz

President, NHB Board of Directors

NHB is thrilled to welcome back Emily Coates as a guest master teacher! Ms. Coates will be teaching the level 6/7/8 ballet class Thursday, February 27, 2014 5:45-7:15 p.m. in Danspace at 70 Audubon Street, New Haven. Ms. Coates has performed with New York City Ballet (1992 – 1998), Mikhail Baryshnikov (1998 – 2002), Twyla Tharp (2001 – 2003), and Yvonne Rainer (2006 – present). She is a lecturer in Theater Studies and director of the dance studies curriculum at Yale.

Hip Hop Class, Saturday, January 11th, 1-2 pm:

NHB Level 8 student, Alaina Hartnett, will be teaching a hip hop class in Danspace on Saturday, January 11th, from 1:00-2:00 p.m. It will be open to all 6/7/8 students who wish to participate. Dance sneakers or jazz shoes are encouraged but not required. There is no charge for the class.

We are pleased to announce that we will have special guest teacher, Joan Kunsch, Associate Director of the Nutmeg Conservatory of the Arts, on Friday, October 11th, 2013. Ms. Kunsch will be teaching Levels 6-8 and the Boys’ Technique Class.

Ms. Kunsch, as well as being an accomplished ballet instructor, is also an award winning choreographer and poet.


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.