News & Events

New Haven Ballet is thrilled to perform at the City of New Haven’s Tree Lighting Ceremony on Thursday, November 30, at 5:00 p.m. We hope you will join us on the New Haven Green to help celebrate this holiday tradition. Look for the performance to be featured on the 6:00 News on Chanel 30 NHB Connecticut. Additional festivities include an appearance by Santa, a petting zoo, and carnival rides. 

NHB is thrilled to welcome Alejandro Ulloa to our faculty.

Mr. Ulloa began his professional career in Managua, Nicaragua. Under the direction of Maestro William Herrera, Mr. Ulloa became principal dancer of Gran Ballet Quetzaltnahuatl, trained at the Escuela Nacional de Ballet, and then joined the Compañía Ballet de Nicaragua where he became a principal dancer. In 2010, he was invited to be part of the contemporary company Danza Contemporánea Universitaria UNAN-Managua. In 2012, Mr. Ulloa joined the Mystic Ballet located in Mystic Connecticut, where he danced principal roles choreographed by Sergei Vanaev, Brian Enos, Gabrielle Lamb and Lauren Edson, performed in venues such as: MGM Foxwoods Casino located in Connecticut, Jacob’s Pillow Festival in Lenox Massachusetts, APAP Festival in New York City, Bitef Theather and Terazije Theater in Belgrade, Serbia. In 2015, Mr. Ulloa and Maestro Herrera launched the first ballet and neoclassical ensemble in a Nicaraguan University and he became the Cultural Promoter for the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Nicaragua, as well as Director for the “Taller de Líneas Clásicas”. In this year he also became co-producer, teacher and choreographer for Compañía Ballet de Nicaragua and Gran Ballet Quetzaltnahuatl, as well as ballet and contemporary professor at the Escuela Nacional de Ballet de Nicaragua. Mr. Ulloa was principal dancer for the 40th and 45th anniversary of Teatro Nacional Ruben Dario- Nicaragua, as well as guest artist for the 50th anniversary of Universidad de Campeche-Mexico, the 20th anniversary of Fundacion Ballet de El Salvador, Gainesville Ballet’s “Carmen” in 2016 (Virginia- USA), Danse Etoile’s “Le Bayadere” (Costa Rica). He has performed with Connecticut Ballet, New England Ballet and Island Moving Company, taught for the Connecticut Ballet Center, Connecticut Theater Dance, Nutmeg Performing Dance Center, ballet master for New England Ballet and the New England Dance Arts, guest choreographer for the Connecticut Lyrical Opera. Mr. Ulloa was part of the” Art and science unite as psychological treatment in adults and youth workshop” developed by the Yale Hispanic Mental Health Clinic and was award in 2016 “Artist of International Projection of the Year” by the Nicaraguan Artist Association. Mr. Ulloa joined NHB’s faculty in 2017.

Trunk Sale at our Branford Studios!

This is your chance to buy an extra class leotard, get a backup pair of pointe shoes for Nutcracker or try something different. Begin holiday shopping and buy those warm ups or skirt your dancer has been eyeing, as well as stock up on dance accessories.

Items for children and adults will be available.

What: Dancewear Sale — drastically reduced prices — up to 50% off
Where: NHB Branford Studios, 9 Business Park Drive, Branford
When: Saturday, November 18, 2017
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Dancer’s Price, 1001 Main Street, Bridgeport, is partnering with NHB to sell inventory from their store. 10% of sales go towards NHB’s Annual Fund. New Haven Ballet is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We appreciate your generosity and support!

Professional pointe shoe fitter (YAGP), Lurine “Candy” Campbell, will be on hand to fit you in a new pair of Russian Pointe, Bloch, Gaynor Minden, Grishko, etc., pointe shoes!

Some of the items Dancer’s Price carries:
Ballet Shoes:
So Danca- Stretch. Canvas ( Pink and flesh)
So Danca- Full sole leather (Children-Pink, Black)
Bloch – Synchrony stretch Canvas (Pink)
Sansha- Canvas (Pink)
Sansha- Leather (Children -Pink)

(Special order is available for any style we don’t carry)

Pointe Shoes:
Grishko Proflex
Gaynor Minden
Russian Pointe (Mixture of styles )
Bloch (Balance, Heritage, Euro Stretch)
Sansha( Duval)
So Danca (Sd09)

Accessories: Ribbon by Bloch, Gaynor, Pillows, Sansha

Toe Pads: Bloch, Pillows,Toe Saver

Toe wrap by Grishko

Stitch kits: by Bloch and Bunhead

Hair nets: Pillows

Warm up Booties: Bloch, So Danca, Grishko

Leg Warmers, jumpers, Sweaters etc.

Alignment belts

Boys tops and leggings – Bodywrapper

Directions to the Branford Studio:

From the South —

Take I-95 North to
Exit 56 (Leetes Island Road)
Turn LEFT onto Leets Island Road
Turn LEFT onto Business Park Drive (before Dunkin Donuts)
Turn LEFT into the driveway after you pass Baymont Inn & Suites
Drive towards the back of the complex until you see a fence and I-95
New Haven Ballet’s entrance is next door to the lighting store




NOV. 1, 2017– NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT – The costumes…the scenery…the pure magic of Artistic Director Lisa Sanborn’s The Nutcracker comes to life, as New Haven Ballet performs this holiday classic at the Shubert Theater, on Saturday and Sunday, December 16th and 17th. Don’t miss this wonderful family friendly show. See Clara’s dream come alive as she helps the Nutcracker battle the Mouse King, is lead by tiny reindeer through the Land of Snow and meets the Sugar Plum Fairy.

New Haven Ballet performs The Nutcracker at the Shubert Theater on Saturday, December 16 at 1:00 and 5:00 p.m., and Sunday, December 17 at 1:00 and 5:00 p.m.
The production features approximately 200 performers, choreography by Lisa Sanborn, with guest artists Simone Messmer, Principal Dancer with Miami City Ballet, and former Principal Dancer with New York City Ballet and present Broadway star (My Fair Lady) Stephen Hanna. Tickets range in price from $27.50 – $68 (including $4 per ticket Shubert restoration fee) and can be purchased in person at the Shubert Box Office in New Haven, by calling 203-562-5666 or at

New Haven Ballet is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and acknowledges the generosity of its devoted patrons and Corporations as well as Foundation support including: New Alliance Foundation, City of New Haven Department of Cultural Affairs, The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, the Ethel & Abe Lapides Foundation, Medtronic, The Frankel Foundation, Connecticut Office of the Arts/Department of Economic and Community Development, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Contact: Ruth Barker,, (203)782-9038

We are excited to announce that Chef’s Emporium in Orange, Connecticut, is hosting Nutcracker baking parties especially for New Haven Ballet on Saturday, November 11.

These fun filled Nutcracker themed parties provide an exciting hands-on cooking experience for your little chef. Here’s what’s included:

– An experienced and Certified Chef
– Exclusive use of Chef’s Emporium’s complete in-house kitchen
– All necessary ingredients
– An unforgettable fun-filled experience


Come join the festivities and bake a Nutcracker themed dessert with your friends!

Nutcracker Cookies – 1:00-3:00 p.m for children 3-5 years old (Mommy and Me)

Land of the Sweets Cupcakes – 4:00-6:00 p.m. for children 6-8 years old

Chef’s Emporium is located at 449 Boston Post Road, Orange, CT

The fee is $16.50/child

Nutcracker rehearsals end early on November 11 to allow everyone who wishes to participate the opportunity to do so. All proceeds from this event benefit New Haven Ballet, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

We will be opening the classes to the public and space is limited. Friends who do not attend NHB are welcome to register.

Please email or call 203-782-9038 to reserve your spot.

We hope to see you there!


We are looking for local businesses who might consider helping to sponsor NHB’s The Nutcracker by placing an advertisement in our Program Book!

The Nutcracker is performed at the historic Shubert Theater in downtown New Haven. Program Books reach several thousand audience members. Our audience is comprised of predominantly college-educated homeowners between the ages of 35-75 who are good wage earners. Our supporters and audience members have been affiliated with Yale University, medical and research fields, professional and educational services, the finance sector, and span the greater New Haven region, including the Shoreline.

New Haven Ballet (NHB) is a community based ballet school, which provides professional classical ballet training. NHB students have access to the highest caliber of training, whether students wish to pursue professional careers in dance or study recreationally. Many students are offered opportunities to study at top pre-professional programs, including: School of American Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Miami City Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Boston Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, and many others. For sponsors interested in community engagement and outreach, NHB also provides free ballet training to underserved New Haven Public School children, needs based scholarships, free performance tickets to the underserved and families affected by cancer or other serious illnesses, and classes for special needs students.

Every child in the school is given their special moment and encouraged to participate and perform. Our efforts to celebrate a diverse student population emphasize each and every day that ballet is for everyone.

For more information please Tel. 203-782-9038. Please return Program Ad Forms to the NHB Office by Tuesday, November 21, 2017.

All ads support New Haven Ballet and this year’s production of The Nutcracker.

Thank you!

Yours sincerely,

New Haven Ballet

Join us Saturday, September 30, for a lecture/demonstration that addresses health and wellness in young dancers. The Occupational Therapy Global Day of Service is sponsoring a “Pay It Forward Initiative,” and has asked occupational therapists and occupational therapy students to volunteer their time to make a difference in the world. To this end three graduate students from Sacred Heart University will be giving a FREE lecture/demonstration to NHB students and families.

Stephanie Dumond, Katilyn Romain, and our own Jennifer Rockwell Edwards will be discussing the importance of rest and sleep in children and teens, good sleep habits, nutrition for growing young athletes, and dance bag safety. Come have your dance bag weighed to see how much you’re really lugging around, and learn how to pack and carry your dance bag to reduce the risk of injury. We hope to see all of you there!

When: 1:30-2:30, followed by Q & A and bag weigh-in
Where: Studio 70, 70 Audubon St, New Haven
Who: NHB Level 2 through 8 students

Please call 203-782-9038 to reserve your spot

Jennifer Rockwell Head Shot 200x300 Wellness Workshop: Sept. 30

Jennifer Rockwell is an aluma of the Walnut Hill School for the Fine Arts in Natick, MA, where she studied dance performance, dance pedagogy and choreography. After graduating from high school Ms. Rockwell became a company member of Rosella Hightower’s Jeune Ballet International in France and, after returning to the United States, she performed as a principal guest artist with the Amherst Ballet and Pioneer Valley Ballet. At this time Ms. Rockwell began teaching at the Amherst Ballet School, and choreographed extensively for their school performances. She graduated suma cum laude from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2004, where she earned a BFA in Dance and a BA in Psychology. Her honors thesis for the Commonwealth College dealt with the importance of dance physiology and injury prevention training for young dancers. After graduating from college Ms. Rockwell danced with the Twin Cities Metropolitan Ballet as well as Minnesota Dance Theater and, was eventually invited to join the Saint Paul City Ballet Company as a principal artist in 2007. During her time with SPCB, she danced such roles as the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, and the title role in Raymonda, while also serving on the faculty of the Saint Paul City Ballet School. Ms. Rockwell has been on the faculty of the New Haven Ballet since moving to Connecticut in 2012, and she is currently pursuing a Master’s of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT.



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Katilyn Romain is originally from Bridgeport, WV. She graduated from West Virginia Wesleyan College in 2017 with a BS in Biochemistry. During college Ms. Romain served as a Service Scholar, where she volunteered in a 2nd-3rd grade special education classroom at a local elementary school for three years. It was this experience that inspired her to become an occupational therapist. Ms. Romain is currently pursuing a Master’s of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT.







IMG 7339 242x300 Wellness Workshop: Sept. 30Stephanie Dumond attended Sacred Heart University, where she earned a BS in Health Science with a minor in Psychology. She played soccer all her life and has always been interested in athletic science and sports medicine. It was the result of a soccer injury which allowed her to experience first-hand the medical aspect of therapy. Although that incident disabled her sports career, it fortunately led Ms. Dumond to the profession of Occupational Therapy. It is her mission to help those who are not able to perform the activities which are meaningful to them, and to enrich their lives through activity and occupation. Ms. Dumond is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT.


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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