NHB is thrilled to announce that Level 6/7/8 Students are invited to participate in a Master Class taught by former NYCB dancer, Henry Seth, on Thursday, October 11, 4:30-6:00 p.m. in Danspace, 70 Audubon Street, New Haven.
About Mr. Seth —
Henry Seth began his ballet training at the age of 10 with the School of the Hartford Ballet. This opportunity arose out of a City of Hartford outreach program that helped young people with the expense associated with proper dance attire, lessons, and transportation to the studio. With great discipline, concerted effort, and lots of passion, he quickly developed into an outstanding dancer.
In the fall of 1994, he accepted a full scholarship to the School of American Ballet, the official school of the New York City Ballet. Following his pre-professional training at SAB, Henry became an apprentice with NYCB in the spring of 1995 and was invited to join the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in summer 1996, where he performed for sixteen years. Throughout his full career with NYCB he was fortunate to collaborate with many of the most talented and pioneering choreographers and dance artists in the world. While with NYCB he also shared his considerable talents in the Company’s Outreach & Education Department.
New Haven Ballet wishes to extend a warm thank you to New York City Ballet Principal Dancer, Daniel Ulbricht, for teaching an amazing ballet technique class to Level 6, 7 & 8 students on Monday, September 24, 2018. We hope Mr. Ulbricbht returns to New Haven Ballet very soon!
It is time for NHB’s largest annual fundraiser, the 2018 Annual Appeal!
This year New Haven Ballet would like to ask our generous supporters to once again consider making a gift to New Haven Ballet.
As New Haven Ballet continues its pursuit of excellence by providing students with the highest level of classical ballet training in the greater New Haven region, we recognize that we cannot fulfill our goals without the unwavering support of our families and friends. Our growth as an organization and presence within the greater New Haven community is dependent on you—our donors. This year our goal is to raise $10,000 to go towards:
-Performance opportunities for our students
-Upkeep and expansion of our studios
-Salaries for our renowned faculty and guest artists
-Outreach through our Shared Ability and DanceAir programs
To Make a Gift Please Click Here. We thank you for your generosity and support and look forward to seeing you and your family at New Haven Ballet’s upcoming performances.
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Bank of America Charitable Foundation has committed $10,000 to a matching fund pool for performing arts organizations over the 36-hours of The Great Give®. NHB is one of 46 that qualifies for the match! Unlike other matches from The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven and the Valley Community Foundation, the Bank of America Performing Arts Challenge will pro-rate its funds by the number of donors, not on the dollars raised. Please help NHB win some of these funds by encouraging as many as possible tomake a giftduring the Great Give on May 1-2.
NYC Ballet performs Coppelia. Photo by Paul Kolnik (c) 2018.
Level 6/7/8 students are invited to see New York City Ballet’s production of the beloved classical ballet Coppelia on June 2, 2018!
Students will also have the opportunity to participate in a technique class with one of the dancers from New York City Ballet in their studios at Lincoln Center. The fee is $215 per student. This includes: round-trip train fare, performance ticket to Coppelia, ballet technique class taught by a member of the New York City Ballet Company, and lunch.
NHB is thrilled to sponsor this once in a lifetime opportunity for Level 6/7/8 students. Space is limited. For more information and to reserve your spot contact: email@example.com
Baby NHB ballerinas try on butterfly and firefly costumes for Beauty and the Beast
Dear New Haven Ballet Families and Friends,
If you’ve been around New Haven Ballet (NHB) recently, you’ll notice that the halls and studios are buzzing with excitement about NHB’s newest production: a full-scale Beauty and the Beast, to showcase the school performance on Saturday, May 19, at the Shubert Theater.
For this year’s school performance, NHB is breaking with tradition—and starting a grand new tradition—by putting all students, from Creative Ballet 1 to advanced level 8, into a gorgeous new production of a real ballet. For the inaugural year, Artistic Director Lisa Sanborn has chosen the beloved fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, with brand-new choreography, staging, and costumes.
A production that includes parts for piglets, butterflies, fireflies, sugar cubes, “chips,” roses, bluebells, napkins, and townsfolk—in addition to New Haven Ballet Company performing the roles of Belle and her court, Madame Armoire, Feather Duster, and Lumiere, and featuring former Miami City Ballet Principal Dancer, Jeremy Cox as the Beast —needs a lot of costumes, and busy hands at NHB are hard at work creating them. Unlike The Nutcracker, in which costume makers can build on the previous year’s costumes, our costume department has little on hand to work with for all the costumes we need—almost 100 piglet costumes alone! Our designers have a lot of imagination, though, and NHB families are eagerly helping with the work. But even hard-working volunteer costumers need materials to work with, and NHB will have to purchase cloth, tulle, bodices, masks, headpieces, and other components.
This year we are asking for your help to stock our costume wardrobe. Once we have built up our costume stock, we’ll have the versatility to re-use costumes in future productions—we won’t have to start all over again for each new production.
Please consider helping to deck out our fireflies and flowers and napkins and townspeople and sugar cubes—not to mention all those piglets!—and make Beauty and the Beast dazzling. The smiles on our dancers’ faces as they perform in a real ballet with real ballet costumes will light up the theater. And isn’t that what going to ballet school is all about? Thank you.
Lacina Coulibaly will offer a Master West African/Contemporary Class on Wednesday, April 11, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. for NHB level 6-8 students at the Whitney Arts Center, 591 Whitney Avenue, New Haven. Level 6-8 students are invited and encouraged to attend even if not enrolled in Contemporary class. Students are required to wear their class uniform. This is an incredible opportunity and honor for NHB students and we look forward to seeing you there!
Lacina Coulibaly –
Lacina Coulibaly was born in Burkina Faso. His professional dance career, deeply rooted in African traditional dances, later merged with European contemporary influences to create a uniquely African choreographic expression.
In 1995, Mr. Coulibaly created the Cie Kongo Bâ Teria with Souleymane Badolo and Ousseni Sako. Their creations, Frères sans stèles(1999), Vin Nem (2001) et Hydou Bye (2004) toured the world and won international awards, including the award of 3rd place at SANGA, les Rencontres Choréographiques for Vin Nem (2001) which toured more than 30 cities in Europe in 2002 and throughout the United States in 2004 on the Movement (R)Evolution tour.
The company Kongo Bâ Teria was recently featured in the documentary film Movement (R)Evolution Africa (2007), available from Documentary Educational Resources (der.org).
Mr. Coulibaly has danced and choreographed with other international dance companies, such as Salia ni Seydou, Faso Danse Theatre, and TchéTché andassisted Nora Chipaumire (Dark Swan)Urban Bush Woman. He has collaborated with individual artists, such as Emily Coates, Amy Sullivan, Wendy Jehlen, Kota Yamakazi and Seydou Coulibaly. He has also acted as a guest lecturer and artist in residence for Brown University, Yale University, New School, University of Florida, Cornell University, UCLA, Ohio State University, Sarah Lawrence College, and Barnard College, in addition to ECA in New Haven, EDIT, the Choreographic Development Center, and CDC la Termitière in Burkina Faso.
He is currently the artistic director of the Compagnie Artistique Hakili Sigi, associate choreographer to the project Engagement Feminine and guest lecturer at Yale University and Sarah Lawrence College.
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.