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We are delighted to announce that Ms. Emily Coates will teach a Master Class Thursday, September 24, 2015, from 4:30-6:00 pm for NHB level 7 & 8 students in Danspace, 70 Audubon Street, New Haven.

The class will be followed by a lecture/discussion from 6:00-7:00 p.m. about Ms. Coates’ fascinating career path, which includes time as a ballet dancer with New York City Ballet, working with Mikhail Baryshnikov, Twyla Tharp and Yvonne Rainer, and an academic focus as she is co-authoring a book on physics and currently serving as the Director of Dance Studies Curriculum, Assistant Professor Adjunct of Theater Studies, Assistant Professor Adjunct of Directing at Yale University/Yale School of Drama.

The lecture is open and we invite and encourage the entire NHB community to attend at 6:00 p.m.

Please see Ms. Coates’ biography below.


Emily Coates Biography

A dance artist and writer, Emily Coates has directed the Dance Studies curriculum at Yale University since its inception in 2006. A recipient of the Poorvu Family Award for Interdisciplinary Teaching, she teaches dance in dialogue with theater, film, visual art, and physics, for Theater Studies and the Yale School of Drama. She has performed internationally with New York City Ballet (NYCB), Mikhail Baryshnikov’s White Oak Dance Project, Twyla Tharp, and Yvonne Rainer. Career highlights include dancing three duets with Baryshnikov, in works by Mark Morris, Karole Armitage, and Erick Hawkins. She was among the last generation of NYCB dancers to work closely with Jerome Robbins. She has presented her solo and collaborative creations at Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Zankel Hall, Harvard, Cornell, Brown, in the Movement Research Fall Festival and Performa Biennial, and created new work for Ballet Memphis, among other venues. Her essays have appeared in PAJ, Theater, and The Huffington Post. With particle physicist Sarah Demers, she is currently co-writing a book on physics and dance forthcoming from Yale University Press, with support from an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation grant for Public Understanding of Science, Technology, and Economics. Their science-art video Three Views of the Higgs and Dance, funded by the Arts Council of Greater New Haven, premiered in 2013. She graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in English and holds an M.A. in American Studies from Yale.

June 15, 2015

Dear New Haven Ballet Students, Families, Colleagues, and Friends:

It is with great excitement that we announce a new era in New Haven Ballet’s presence on the Shoreline. NHB is committed to providing the finest dance training wherever it conducts classes and best environment in which to do so. Reaffirming our commitment to the Shoreline and after a long and careful search , we have found space that will be built out to our specifications for brand new dance studios. They will be ready for the Fall 2015 classes. The studios will be in Branford right near 1-95, providing easy access. We will post location details shortly.

Needless to say, we are thrilled and look forward to many years of quality dance instruction on the Shoreline!

Very truly yours,

Lisa Sanborn
Artistic Director
New Haven Ballet
Jeremy Mellitz
Board President
New Haven Ballet


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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Photo by Jeffrey Kerekes @ 2015

May 13 at 7 pm: DanceAIR Outreach Performance – Fair Haven School, 164 Grand Avenue, New Haven.

May 21 at 1 pm: Branford Studio and Shared Ability Performance – Shubert Theater, 247 College Street, New Haven.

May 21 at 5 pm: New Haven Studio Performance – Shubert Theater, 247 College Street, New Haven.

On February 9, 2015 at the Omni Hotel, NHB’s dancers dazzled a room full of arts and humanities leaders from around New Haven and the country, including: Mayor Toni Harp, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, Yale University President Peter Salovey, Chair of the National Endowment for the Arts, Jane Chu, Chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities, William “Bro” Adams, Connecticut Poet Laureate, Dick Allen, and many others! Photos feature NHB Students Eliza Barker, Gillian Penna, and Talia Vendetto with Mayor Toni Harp and Yale University President Peter Salovey.

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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.