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.