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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)

New Haven Ballet is pleased to share the next dance in our presentation of excerpts from Sleeping Beauty: Pas de Trois

Performed by students of New Haven Ballet

Composer: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Choreographer: Marc Spielberger

Video Direction and Editing: Laura Manzella and Matt Towers

Photo: (c) 2021 Kelsey Paff Photography

Filmed May 22, 2021 at New Haven Ballet’s Danspace Studio, New Haven, CT

New Haven Ballet is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community based classical ballet school located in New Haven, Connecticut

Our Mission is to provide the greater New Haven Community with exceptional classical ballet training, performances and outreach programs, that nurture the appreciation of ballet and foster the joy of dance

Chaconne is the fifth dance in The Children’s Ballet, featuring students from New Haven Ballet. This is part of our 2021 performance series, filmed May 23 2021 at our Danspace Studio in New Haven, Connecticut. Composer and Pianist: Max Holman. Choreographer: Lisa Kim Sanborn. Video Direction and Editing: Laura Manzella. Director of Photography: Matt Towers. Photo: (c) 2021 Kelsey Paff Photography.

New Haven Ballet is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community based classical ballet school. We offer classes to students ages 4 to adult. For more information Email:

New Haven Ballet’s Open Division drop-in classes for ages 12 to adult return to the studio July 9, 2021.

Zoom classes will also be offered.

Proof of vaccination is required to participate in studio classes without mask.

JULY 5-31 Open Division Schedule


ZOOM – 6:00-7:30 p.m.


ZOOM – 6:00-7:30 p.m.


Danspace Studio

70 Audubon Street, New Haven 10:00-11:30 a.m.


Danspace Studio

70 Audubon Street, New Haven 10:00-11:30 a.m.

Click Here or email: for more information.


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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