News & Events

New Haven Ballet is pleased to announce that Timothy Fountain will be joining the faculty in September 2021.

Timothy Fountain is a native of Bridgeport. He began his dance training at the age of 12 with Bridgeport Ailey camp in 1999, which established his love of dance. Mr. Fountain continued his dance training at the Westport Dance Center and later received a scholarship to the Ballet School of Stamford under the direction of Stephanie Marini. Mr. Fountain attended summer programs at the North Carolina Dance Theater, Harrid Conservatory, and the Ailey School. He performed and trained with dancers from Boston Ballet, North Carolina Dance Theatre, New York City Ballet, and Alvin Ailey Dance Theater. Mr. Fountain was a member of Cedar Lake II Contemporary Ballet, Missouri Contemporary Ballet and Tina Thompson Dance Company. He has choreographed for Neighborhood Studio of County in Bridgeport and several high school musicals, including Thoroughly Modern MillieWizard of Oz and Lion King in Fairfield and Westchester Counties. In 2021, Mr. Fountain joined New Haven Ballet School and is excited to share his knowledge and passion for dance with the next generation.

New Haven Ballet is pleased to announce a new studio location on the Shoreline in Branford. The sunny space boasts new floors, mirrors and barres and is located in the Joseph Trapasso Community House at 46 Church Street in Branford. New Haven Ballet is excited to offer classes to our younger families with the convenience of a Shoreline location. Classes in this beautiful new Branford facility start in September. For more information Email:  

Artistic Director Lisa Kim Sanborn is pleased to announce that Alicia Mae Holloway will offer Master Classes to matriculating Level 4-8 dancers.

Tuesday, August 17

4:30-6:00 p.m. matriculating Level 4 & 5

6:00-7:30 p.m. matriculating Level 6-8

Danspace Studio, New Haven

Class fee: $20. Space is limited. Email: to reserve a place.

Alicia Mae Holloway is from Morgantown, West Virginia and began dancing when she was three years old at Kat and company dance studio. In 2007, Alicia began taking classes at Morgantown Dance Studio with Desiree Witt, Lauren Sone, Marilyn Pipes, Eunice Kim, and Robert Steele. She also trained at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts before attending the School of American Ballet from 2011-2015, where she trained with Suzy Pilarre, Suki Schorer, Darci Kistler, Kay Mazzo, and Jock Soto. Over the last few summers, Alicia has attended the Boston Ballet Summer Dance Program, as well as Pacific Northwest Ballet. She began her professional career dancing with the Suzanne Farrell Ballet, and is now dancing her sixth season with the Dance Theatre of Harlem.

Artistic Director Lisa Kim Sanborn is pleased to announce that New York City Ballet Soloist, Sean Suozzi, will be joining New Haven Ballet’s faculty August 30.

Mr. Suozzi is offering a Master Class to allow rising Level 6, 7 & 8 students an opportunity to meet and work with him on Saturday, August 21, from 12:00-1:30 p.m.

Cost: $20 per student

Space is limited

Please R.S.V.P. if you wish to attend

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 Ballet with Noble and Ruth Barker, followed by 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. He is joining the faculty of New Haven Ballet in Fall 2021.

Congratulations to Kerry Kincy!

New Haven Ballet faculty member, Kerry Kincy, has been named a 2021 Connecticut Arts Hero by the State of Connecticut Office of the Arts.

Ms. Kincy leads NHB’s Shared Ability program, which provides dance workshops to differently abled dancers.

The Connecticut Arts Hero Awards honor and celebrate Connecticut residents who are doing inspiring things in, for, or through the arts in Connecticut. Since 2016, the Connecticut Arts Hero Awards have highlighted an array of remarkable individuals engaged in or supporting the arts – some publicly and some behind the scenes.
The Hero Awards are presented at a special, open to all, free event.  This evening event is designed to honor and celebrate these inspiring individuals and to reaffirm the significant role the arts play in Connecticut. The Connecticut Arts Hero Awards will be presented on Wednesday, September 1, 2021 at 6:00 PM at Infinity Hall in Hartford, Connecticut. The event is free and open to all.
Please join New Haven Ballet in celebrating Kerry Kincy and her amazing work.

Damien Johnson is coming to New Haven!

Mr. Johnson will offer a Master Class to students in Levels 6-8 in Danspace Studio, 70 Audubon Street, New Haven, on Saturday, July 31, 2021 from 12:00-1:30 p.m.  Mr. Johnson currently serves as a faculty member of The Washington Ballet under Artistic Director Julie Kent.

Master Class with Damien Johnson:

Saturday, July 31, 2021 from 12:00-1:30 p.m.

Danspace, 70 Audubon Street, New Haven

Level 6-8 Students

Fee: $20

Masks are optional for fully vaccinated students. Please send me a photo of your vaccination card or bring it with you on the day of class if you wish to go maskless.

For more information Email:


Damien Johnson

Damien Johnson is originally from Dallas, Texas. He received his early dance training from Kitty Carter, Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, and The Etkin-Atkinson School of Ballet. Johnson went on to study at The Rock School and The School of American Ballet, the official school of The New York City Ballet.

As a professional dancer, Mr. Johnson has been a member of American Repertory Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem, New Chamber Ballet, Los Angeles Ballet, and London based Ballet Black where he was a principal dancer for 10 seasons. Since returning to the states in 2017, Mr. Johnson has performed with Madison Ballet, The Ashley Bouder Project, and The Suzanne Farrell Ballet.

Mr. Johnson is a sought-after teacher who is certified in the American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum in Pre-Primary-Level 3 as well as classical Pilates through Power Pilates. He has also served as a National Visiting Fellow with the School of American Ballet and taught for many companies and dance institutions including The Central School of Ballet, Rambert School, Bermuda Civic Ballet, Lake Tahoe Dance Collective, Ballet Black, and Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures.

TUESDAYS: Levels 3 & 4 (masks required)

4:30-5:30 p.m. Conditioning & Stretch

$10/class (Sanborn/Danspace)

5:30-7:00 p.m. Ballet Technique

$15/class (Sanborn/Danspace)

THURSDAYS: Levels 5-8 & 2019-2021 Alums (masks optional with complete vaccine card)

5:30-7:00 p.m. Ballet Technique

$17/class or one punch on your OD card (Vendetto/Danspace)


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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