FACULTY & ADMINISTRATION

RUTH BARKER

Ruth Barker grew up in Connecticut and studied at Connecticut Ballet before going to study at The School of American Ballet in New York.

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Gail Corbin
GAIL CORBIN

Gail Corbin is a leading exponent in the technique and repertory of Doris Humphrey and Charles Weidman and has taught all levels of technique

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Ashley Dorais
ASHLEY DORAIS

A native of Woodbridge, Connecticut, Ashley Dorais has trained at New Haven Ballet (NHB) since the age of three. She studied with NHB Artistic

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KERRY KINCY

Kerry Kincy is an artist, collaborating with private, state and non profit organizations throughout CT, teaching her expressive arts residency,

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LAURA MANZELLA

Laura Manzella received her MFA in Choreography from Sarah Lawrence College and her BFA from The Boston Conservatory. Originally from CT,

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KELSEY PAFF

Before joining New Haven Ballet at the age of ten, Kelsey Paff danced at Starship Dance Studio and Neighborhood Music School.

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ERICA RATKOVICZ

Erica Ratkovicz is an alumna company member of The Rochester City Ballet. She began her principal training with The Timothy Draper Center for

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Joseph Simeone
JOSEPH SIMEONE

Joseph Simeone grew up in Madison, Connecticut. Mr. Simeone graduated from The Juilliard School in 2004 with a concentration in dance and music

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Sean Souzzi
SEAN SOUZZI

Sean Suozzi was born in Glen Cove, New York, and began his dance training at the age of seven with Joyce DiLauro. Mr. Suozzi later trained at New Haven

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TALIA VENDETTO

A New Haven native, Talia Vendetto received her ballet training at New Haven Ballet (NHB) from NHB Founder, Noble Barker, Marc Speilberger,

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LUCY WEADY

As a dedicated and detailed oriented accounting professional, Lucy Weady has been meeting the accounting needs of New Haven Ballet for

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GUEST FACULTY

Alisa Bowens-Mercado
ALISA BOWENS-MERCADO

Latin Dance

Alisa Bowens-Mercado is the Director of Alisa’s House of Salsa in New Haven, Connecticut. Ms. Bowens’ dancing journey began at the

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Alicia-Mae-Holloway
ALICIA MAE HOLLOWAY

Ballet & Variations

Alicia Mae Holloway is from Morgantown, West Virginia and began dancing when she was three years old at Kat and company dance studio. In

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ALEJANDRO ULLOA

Ballet & Partnering

A native of Nicaragua, international freelance artist, Mr. Ulloa began his dance training at the Escuela Nacional de Ballet de Nicaragua under the

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ACCOMPANISTS

Robert Bergner

James Teti

GUEST ARTIST FACULTY

Dena Abergel – Former dancer NYCB, School of American Ballet faculty

Sara Adams – Soloist NYCB

Aesha Ash – Former dancer NYCB, Faculty School of American Ballet

Alisa Bowens-Mercado – Artistic Director Alisa’s House of Salsa

Stacy Cadell – Former dancer NYCB, Twyla Tharp

Ying Cai – Contemporary choreographer and dance artist based in Hong Kong

Emily Coates – Former NYCB dancer, Director, Dance Studies Curriculum, Assistant Professor Adjunct of Theater Studies, Assistant Professor Adjunct of Directing, Yale University/Yale School of Drama

Lacina Coulilaby – Artistic Director of the Compagnie Artistique Hakili Sigi West African/ Contemporary

Dorothea Garland – Dancer East Coast Contemporary ballet, Gyrotonics instructor

Linda Giancaspro – Master teacher and adjudicator for Dance Educators of America, Dance Masters of America, the National Association of Dance & Affiliated Artists, Dance America/Dance Olympus and Danza Intensive.

Kaitlyn Gilliland – Former dancer NYCB, Twyla Tharp

Tom Gold – Former Soloist dancer NYCB, Artistic Director Tom Gold Dance

Damien Johnson – Former dancer Dance Theatre of Harlem, CPYB faculty

Katrina Killian – Former Soloist NYCB, School of American Ballet faculty

Jenna Lavin – Former dancer Chicago City Ballet, Atlanta Ballet

Lauren Lovette – Principal dancer NYCB

Miro Magliore – Artistic Director New Chamber Ballet

Mary Ann Mayer – Founding member Festival Ballet Providence

Nicole Mitchell – Stage Manager NYCB

Gretchen Patchell – Former dancer NYCB, Dutch National Ballet, Fort Worth Dallas Ballet

Susan Pillar – Former Solist NYCB, School of American Ballet faculty

Deanna Seay – Former Principal dancer Miami City Ballet

Henry Seth – Former dancer NYCB

Sean Suozzi – Soloist NYCB

Wendy Whelan – Former Principal Dancer NYCB, Associate Artistic Director NYCB

Sarah Xiao – Contemporary dancers based in Hunan China

 

MUSICIAN PARTNERS

Quatuor Arod
Kinga Augustyn
Eli Bishop
Samy Bobinski
Thomas Duboski
Michael Duffett
Dr. Richard Gard, Conductor
Timothy Gocklin
Wynton Grant
Max Holman
Allan Horn
Graeme Johnson
Bora Kim
Josip Kvetek
Erez Meyuhaas
Polina Nazaykinskaya
Marie Oka
Tanguy Parisot
David Perry
Aaron Plouride
Samy Rachid
Roselie Samter
Jonathan Slade
Matheus Souza Garcia
Jeff Stern
Daniel Stone
Scott Switzer
James Teti
Joshua Thompson
Shiori Tomatsu
Elly Toyoda
Jordan Victoria
Alexandre Vu
Johnathan Weisgerber
Shin Young Yu
Yoji Yu

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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