On October 14, 2015, NHB students had the privilege of attending a special event at Yale School of Music Morse Recital Hall in which Ukrainian prima ballerina, Uliana Lopatkina, performed. Upon graduating from the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet in St. Petersburg, Ms. Lopatkina enjoyed a wondrous career dancing with the company of the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, where she was named principal dancer in 1995. The performance celebrated three of Russia’s greatest ballet legends: Anna Pavlova, Galina Ulanova and Maya Plietskaya, and featured Ms. Lopatkina in pieces ranging from Swan Lake and Chopiniana to The Dying Swan. Also featured was Andrey Ermakov, who joined the Mariinsky Ballet in 20015 upon graduating from the Vaganova Academy. NHB thanks Yale University for generously sponsoring and making this event possible! Photos: (c) 2015 Michael Marsland.
On Saturday, September 26, 2015, thirty-four NHB students, faculty and chaperones boarded a 5:39 a.m. train bound for NYC and enjoyed a fantastic day at Lincoln Center with the New York City Ballet.
After grabbing a sleepy breakfast at Grand Central Terminal, the students excitedly travelled uptown to the Rose Building where they were given access to NYCB’s Company changing rooms and participated in a challenging 1.5-hour ballet technique class taught by NYCB Soloist, Antonio Carmena, who we learned knew NHB Faculty Member, Jeremy Cox, as they studied together at the School of American Ballet. The beautifully appointed, spacious 8th Floor studio featured large windows framing the NYC skyline and an impressive grand piano played by a talented accompanist. Many students were amazed to catch a peek of Justin Peck roaming the hallway.
After class, the group soaked up the gorgeous sunny weather by eating lunch outdoors near the fountains that welcome visitors to the theater. Then, NYCB Principal, Ask la Cour, warmly greeted and provided NHB students with a private tour of the theater, stage and backstage area. The group had the opportunity to learn about the dancers’ schedules, see costumes and sets up close, observe the tech crew preparing for the performance, pose for photos, and even watch Daniel Ulbricht, who taught a master class at NHB last year, and Antonio Carmena, who taught the students that morning, warming up for their respective leading roles in Swan Lake.
The students visited the gift stand and proceeded to their seats in the Third Ring of the Koch Theater, where the entire cast of Swan Lake, including: Tyler Angle, Sara Mearns, Megan Fairchild, Tiler Peck, (the aforementioned Mssrs. Ulbricht and Carmena) and many others dazzled the audience with their spectacular dancing.
It was a long but magical day, which all will remember for a lifetime. Thank you to the dedicated and patient NHB faculty and chaperones and everyone at NYCB!
Photos: (a) Mr. Carmena teaches NHB students technique class; (b) Students and faculty pose with Mr. la Cour on stage at Lincoln Center; (c) Up close look at Swan Lake costumes; (d) Outside the stage door; (d) Waiting for the curtain to go up.
We are delighted to announce that former Miami City Ballet Principal Dancer, Deanna Seay, will teach a Master Class on Monday, October 12, 2015, from 5:45-7:15 pm for NHB level 7 & 8 students in Danspace, 70 Audubon Street, New Haven.
Deanna Seay Bio —
Deanna Seay began her ballet training at age four in Jacksonville, Florida with Marta Jackson. After her family relocated to Virginia, she continued her studies at the School of the Richmond Ballet with Patricia Dodd, and then later with Christine Busch. She went on to attend the (University of) North Carolina School of the Arts as a scholarship student, training with teachers such as Fanchon Cordell, Robert Lindgren, Duncan Noble, Susan McCullough, Joan Saunders, Melissa Hayden, Frank Smith and Melinda Lawrence. In January of 1989, she received a Level 3 award at the Arts Recognition and Talent Search sponsored by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. She graduated from (U)NCSA in May of that year and then joined Miami City Ballet as a member of the corps in August, 1989.
Ms. Seay danced with the Miami City Ballet, under the direction of Edward Villella, for twenty-one years, becoming a Principal Dancer in 1998. She was featured extensively throughout the repertoire in works by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Twyla Tharp, Paul Taylor, Frederick Ashton, and Anthony Tudor. In addition to working closely with Mr. Villella on many roles, she also worked with coaches such as Bart Cook, Maria Calegari, Violette Verdy, Pat Neary, Suzanne Farrell, Susan Pilarre, and Susie Hendl, and in 1999 was chosen to work with Maria Tallchief for the Balanchine Foundation Interpreter’s Archive. Dedicated to preserving Balanchine’s key roles as interpreted by their originators, the Balanchine Foundation filmed Ms. Seay being coached by Ms. Tallchief in the principal female role of Allegro Brillante.
Ms. Seay began her teaching career while still a member of the Miami City Ballet, teaching in both the winter and summer programs. After retiring from performing in 2010, she began her association with the Boston Ballet School as a member of the summer faculty for SDP Newton. In the Fall of that same year, she joined the Cary Ballet Conservatory in Cary, NC as the Ballet Mistress, and became the Artistic Director of the Cary Ballet Company in 2011. She and her family relocated to Boston in 2014 after being invited to join the full-time faculty at Boston Ballet School.
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,
New Haven Ballet
New Haven Ballet
This 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!
Level 6/7/8 students are invited and encouraged to participate in an amazing contemporary dance class taught by Yale-China Fellow, Yang Hao, on Saturday, April 11, 11:30-1:00 in Danspace. There will be no Level 6,7 or 8 technique classes held on April 11. Master Class Yang Hao