Every year on the first Wednesday of May, the Greater New Haven community rediscovers how generous and caring our neighbors and friends are, as the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven raises millions of dollars to support local nonprofits. We at New Haven Ballet (NHB) are proud that we have been part of this historic effort. Over the years we have been humbled by the level of support, which has enabled us to offer not only our superb classical ballet training program but our numerous community performances and outreach programs, including DanceAir, which provides in- and after-school ballet instruction to elementary school children in the Greater New Haven area as well as scholarships for children; and Shared Ability, which pairs differently abled students with advanced ballet students in a program of mutual discovery and delight.
We’d like to share some of the programs your generosity supports.
This spring NHB is offering two extraordinary performances. On May 19 our free DanceAir student performance will celebrate our DanceAIR participants as they show off what they’ve learned in their ballet classes, joined by some of our intermediate and advanced students. On May 27, Coppélia comes to the Shubert Theatre. This classic ballet will bring to life a beloved tale by E. T. A. Hoffmann, with enchanting choreography, gorgeous sets and costumes, and some of ballet’s most popular music. The show will also feature the premier of Cavaliere Allegro accompanied by the Neighborhood Music Premier Quartet and Vivaldi Concerto accompanied by Music Haven’s Pomegranates Quartet. Our Shared Ability dancers will also perform.
NHB’s summer program offers students at all levels a wide range of classes in a variety of dance styles from a first-class faculty and guest artists. We are also proud to launch a one-week sleep-away ballet intensive at Choate Rosemary Hall for advanced students. And our Open Division classes offer recreational dancers a chance to channel their inner dancer.
All these programs are possible only because of you, our NHB family and friends, and the generosity you show us every May. We thank you in advance for your continued support as well as look forward to an exciting spring and summer. Any donation, no matter how small, helps us continue to bring you the joy of dance.
New Haven Ballet is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
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.
The Faculty, Staff and Students at New Haven Ballet
The Great Give is May 3-4, 2023. This is an online giving event that supports local non-profit organizations including New Haven Ballet. This year we are offering a raffle to enrolled students in Levels 2-8 and Open Division students. For donations of $50 or more friends and families may designate a student to be entered into the raffle. The lesson will be for 1-hour. Younger students who are selected in the raffle may select a hair ornament made especially for Coppelia or a New Haven Ballet tee. No substitutions.
Early Giving is Open. Donations made before the Great Give officially opens will count towards the total but not for special prizes awarded during the two-day event.
In June, students may pay tuition by the week and enjoy as many classes as are offered in their class level or one level lower.
In July, Level 2-8 students have the opportunity to enroll in a ballet intensive summer camp where they will enjoy daily conditioning and stretch classes, ballet technique, and different genres of movement to help them gain strength and mobility, improve their artistry and musicality, and make tremendous strides in their technique.
Students who are new to New Haven Ballet will need to schedule a placement class before registering. Current students should register for their current class level.
New Haven Ballet is thrilled to welcome back alumni Cassidy Cail June 20 and 22. Cassidy is a member of Boston Ballet II and will return to New Haven Ballet this summer as a guest faculty member.
Cassidy Cail Bio:
Cassidy Cail began dancing at age 3, studying tap, ballet, and jazz. She trained at New Haven Ballet and attended the School of American Ballet’s Summer Intensive Program from 2016-2018. In 2018, she joined Boston Ballet School’s Pre-Professional Program under the direction of Margaret Tracey. In 2020, Cail was awarded the Pamela Jones Scholarship, and continued her training with Boston Ballet School’s Professional Division at Walnut Hill School for the Arts and Boston Ballet School’s Summer Dance Programs on full scholarship. Upon graduating from Walnut Hill in 2021, she was selected to join Boston Ballet School’s Graduate Program.
Cail’s repertoire includes George Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante, Jorma Elo’s One With Mozart, Arianna Hughlett’s Quartet, Ja’ Malik’s Light Migrations, and Mikko Nissinen’s Swan Lake and The Nutcracker. She also performed in Rudolf Nureyev’s Don Quixote and Justin Peck’s Everywhere We Go.
Tickets to New Haven Ballet’s Spring Performance at the Shubert Theatre New Haven on Saturday, May 27 at 1:00 p.m. are on sale now. The performance will feature guest artist Michael Requena, students from New Haven Ballet, the Neighborhood Music School Premier String Quartet, and Music Haven’s Pomegranates String Quartet. Click Here to Purchase Tickets
New Haven Ballet’s adaptive dance program welcomed new and veteran dancers this weekend. Lead by faculty member Kerry Kincy and facilitated by New Haven Ballet students, it is not too late to join us on Sunday afternoons in our sunny and spacious studios. We look forward to seeing this group perform at the Shubert Theatre on May 27, 2023!
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.