New Haven Ballet students experienced a wonderful day together visiting New York City Ballet! After a wonderful class presented by NYCB Principal Dancer, Ask la Cour, students enjoyed lunch, shopping for gifts at the Koch Theater and a stunning performance of The Sleeping Beauty at Lincoln Center!
Artistic Director, Lisa Sanborn, is thrilled to welcome former NYCB dancer, Kaitlyn Gilliland, to New Haven Ballet on Friday, March 1, 2019. Ms. Gilliland will teach a Ballet Technique class followed by a Pointe Technique/Variations class.
Level 6/7/8 Ballet Technique Class – 4:30-6:00 p.m.
All Level 6/7/8 students are invited and encouraged to attend Ms. Gilliland’s class. Students are asked to wear their dress code black class leotard, pink tights, ballet shoes, pointe shoes, short black skirt, and hair secured away from the face in a high bun. The fee to participate is $10.
New Haven Ballet has invited 2019 Yale Arts Fellow, Sarah Xiao, to present a contemporary workshop to Level 6, 7 & 8 students on Saturday, February 23, 2019, at 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This FREE workshop is open to all Level 6, 7 and 8 students enrolled at NHB. The workshop will be held in the Danspace Studio, 70 Audubon Street (LL), New Haven, CT.
New Haven Ballet is excited to welcome Mary Ann Mayer on Saturday, March 2, 2019. Ms. Mayer will offer ballet technique classes to Levels 2, 3 and 4 students at the Whitney Arts Center, 591 Whitney Avenue, New Haven, CT. This FREE workshop is offered to all NHB students enrolled in Levels 2, 3 and 4.
We encourage all to attend!
What: Ballet Technique Master Classes with Mary Ann Mayer
New Haven Ballet is taking a field trip to Lincoln Center to see New York City Ballet’s production of the classical ballet The Sleeping Beauty on Sunday, February 17, 2019!
Performers scheduled to dance:
SUNDAY MATINEE, FEBRUARY 17, 1:00PM (Conductor: Capps) PRINCESS AURORA: T. Peck; PRINCE DÉSIRÉ: T. Angle; LILAC FAIRY: Laracey; CARABOSSE: Mearns;
TENDERNESS: Dutton-O’Hara; VIVACITY: O. MacKinnon; GENEROSITY: M. Miller; ELOQUENCE: C. Von Enck; COURAGE: Nadon; GOLD: Ball; DIAMOND: Phelan; EMERALD: Gerrity; RUBY: Pereira; WHITE CAT: Segin; PUSS IN BOOTS: Alberda; PRINCESS FLORINE: Pollack; BLUEBIRD: Schumacher;
LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD: Nebres++; THE WOLF: Applebaum; COURT JESTERS: Mejia, Ippolito, Grant
Not only will we see the ballet The Sleeping Beauty performed by one of the best ballet companies in the world, we will also take a class with one of the dancers from New York City Ballet in their studios at Lincoln Center!
The fee is $225 per student. This includes: round-trip train fare to and from Union Station, New Haven, to Grand Central Station, New York, the fee to take the NYC subway to and from Lincoln Center, the ticket to see the NYCB performance of The Sleeping Beauty, the class taught by a member of the New York City Ballet Company, and lunch!
Lunch will be a box lunch, which consists of a sandwich, bottled water and cookie. We will eat before the performance.
The number of tickets that we have is limited. Payment must be received to reserve tickets, which are available on a first come first served basis. Please note payment is non-refundable.
New Haven Ballet’s Shared Ability program consists of weekly dance workshops for differently abled artists aged 10+ years. Classes are lead by Kerry Kincy, a teaching artist who uses dance as a tool to build social and cognitive abilities. This wonderful program affords participating artists, including those with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, cerebral palsy, and other challenges, and their families, a chance to dance, meet, interact and share their unique experiences with one another in a safe and supportive environment.
WHAT: Weekly dance workshop for differently abled artists
WHEN: Saturdays, March 9 through May 11, 2019
TIME: 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.
WHERE: The Community Foundation Building, Lower Level (LL), 70 Audubon Street, New Haven, CT
WHO: Differently abled artists aged 10+ years
FEE: $215 (Financial assistance available. No student denied based on inability to pay)
Artistic Director, Lisa Sanborn, invites New Haven Ballet Level 5-8 students to audition for NHB’s Company. NHB’s student based Company offers unique opportunities through focused coaching, rehearsals and invaluable performing experience. Places in the Company are open to intermediate and advanced level students in the school. We are looking for students who are dedicated to their training and interested in fulfilling their potential. We have an exciting season of repertory for 2019 and thrilled to extend some incredible performing opportunities to those who participate. The Company’s eclectic repertoire includes classical ballet, neoclassical and contemporary ballet, and other dance forms. Students in the Company will rehearse on Tuesdays, Thursdays and/or Saturdays throughout the spring.
NHB Company Audition Information:
Who: NHB Level 5-8 Students
When: Friday, January 18, 2019, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Where: Danspace Studio (Lower Level), 70 Audubon Street, New Haven
Audition Attire: Class Uniform; Ladies wear pointe shoes
#GivingTuesday is a day where groups of individuals, communities and organizations around the world connect for one common purpose: to celebrate and encourage giving.
At New Haven Ballet you are an integral part of a tremendous community and our working together is truly impactful to so many lives. Your support makes it possible for us to achieve our Mission of providing the greater New Haven Community with exceptional classical ballet training, performances, and outreach programs, which nurture appreciation of ballet and foster the joy of dance.
In fact last year 6,679 children and adults experienced dance through our pre-professional dance training, recreational dance classes, performances, and community programs, including:
Approximately 500 children, teens and adults who studied classical ballet through NHB’s School and Outreach Programs; and
Eight performances — four public performances of The Nutcracker at the historic Shubert Theater and a Nutcracker matinee for school groups, the Spring Performance at the Shubert Theater featuring students from NHB School and our Shared Ability program, a performance at ACES ECA featuring children in our in-school DanceAIR program, and a performance by the NHB Company of advanced students and pre-professional dancers at the International Festival of Arts & Ideas.
Your support makes it possible for us to achieve this. Please consider lending your time or making a monetary Gift to NHB’s Annual Appeal!
Simone Messmer and Stephen Hanna star in NHB’s The Nutracker. Photo: Thomas Giroir Photography (c) 2018
NHB is thrilled to announce that Simone Messmer and Stephen Hanna will return to star as the Sugar Plum Fairy and Cavalier in NHB’s 2018 Nutcracker!
Born in Minneapolis, Minn., Simone Messmer began studying dance at the age of nine at Ballet Arts Minnesota. At 14, she continued her training at The HARID Conservatory in Boca Raton, Fla., and was awarded the Jeannot B. Cerrone Award for Excellence in Dance. At 16, she resumed her training at Ballet Arts Minnesota under the direction of Bonnie Mathis. Messmer participated in American Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensive Program in 2001 and joined ABT Studio Company in that same year.
Messmer danced with ABT for over a decade, rising to the rank of soloist in 2010. While in the company, Messmer originated major roles in new works by Alexei Ratmansky such as Firebird, Symphony #9,On the Dnieper, as well as by Christopher Wheeldon and Benjamin Millepied. Her extraordinary range extends from Twyla Tharp’s Baker’s Dozen to Giselle’s Myrtha. Messmer was awarded the Leonore Annenberg Arts Fellowship in 2010.
Messmer joined San Francisco Ballet in 2013 performing principal roles in Balanchine’s Agon and Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet, and Ratmansky’s From Foreign Lands and Chamber Symphony. Other major roles included “The Man I Love” in Balanchine’s Who Cares?, The Firebird in Passokov’s The Firebird, and appearances in works by Mark Morris and Liam Scarlett.
She joined Miami City Ballet as a principal in 2015.
Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he trained under Roberto Munoz, Mr. Hanna entered the School of American Ballet (SAB) and studied with esteemed teachers Stanley Williams, Andre Kamervsky, and Richard Rapp. At SAB Mr. Hanna was awarded the Mae L. Wein Award for outstanding promise. Mr. Hanna became an apprentice with New York City Ballet in 1997, and later that year hey joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet. Mr. Hanna was promoted to the rank of soloist in February 2004 and in January 2005 he was promoted to principal dancer. He has performed principal roles in ballet by Peter Martins, George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Richard Tanner, and Albert Evans.
Mr. Hanna has appeared in the movies Center Stage (2000), Disney Royals (2017), and Forever (2014), in addition to several Broadway productions, including Billy Elliot (2008), Silence the Musical (off Broadway 2011), On the Town (2014), An American in Paris (2015), and Hello Dolly (2017).
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.