News & Events

New Haven Ballet is pleased to announce our guest artists for this year’s production of the Nutcracker will be Boston Ballet Principal Dancers Misa Kuranaga and Jeffrey Cirio. We are thrilled that these extraordinary artists will be sharing the stage with our wonderful NHB students.

Welcome Ms. Kuranga and Mr. Cirio!


We are thrilled to announce that Michelina Cassella will join NHB as our Physical Therapy Advisor.

Ms. Cassella is the former Director of Physical Therapy Services at Boston Ballet, director of Physical and Occupational Therapy at Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA. and lecturer in Orthopedic Surgery at Harvard University. She is also the author of several articles on dance medicine.

Ms. Cassella was a member of our summer intensive faculty and held two very informative injury prevention workshops. She will be holding another injury prevention lecture/workshop in mid September 2012.

Please join us in welcoming Ms. Cassella to the NHB family.

New Haven Ballet is thrilled to announce the appointment of Elizabeth McMillan as our new Associate Principal for the Shoreline Studio Guilford.

McMillan began her ballet training at the age of nine with the Alabama Dance Theater in  Montgomery. As a scholarship student she attended summer workshops with the Joffrey Ballet in  New York, Houston Ballet, and Ballet Magnificat in Jackson, Miss.

At the age of thirteen, she was accepted into  Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy in the  Pre-Professional Division and later was accepted at Houston’s High School for the Performing  and Visual Arts. After two years McMillan was promoted to the Professional Division of the  Stevenson Academy and placed on a full merit scholarship.

In 2000, she joined Ballet Magnificat, touring nationally and internationally with the main company for seven years. In 2006, she accepted a position as Adjunct Professor of Dance at Belhaven University; two years later she was promoted to the full-time faculty position of Specialty Instructor of Dance. Most recently Betsy served on the faculty of the Ben Stevenson Academy and the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, and as Ballet Mistress for both Houston Metropolitan Dance Company and Ad Deum Dance Company in Houston.

McMillan joins New Haven Ballet for the 2011-2012 school year with her husband, William, as he settles into New Haven for his PhD in Sociology at Yale.

Dear New Haven Ballet Community,
It is with great excitement that the New Haven Ballet Board of Directors
announces the appointment of Mr. Jared Redick as our new Artistic Director.

Carefully selected from a deep and talented applicant pool and through unanimous vote
of the Board of Directors, Mr. Redick comes to New Haven Ballet after a distinguished
career at Boston Ballet, Suzanne Farrell Ballet, Miami City Ballet, and San Francisco
Ballet. An accomplished dance teacher and administrator, Mr. Redick most recently
served as the Principal of Boston Ballet’s School’s Norwell Studio. While in
Massachusetts, Mr. Redick and his lovely wife, Shannon Parsley, currently Ballet
Mistress at Boston Ballet, had the opportunity to work with Noble Barker, New Haven
Ballet’s Founder and with Ruth Barker, New Haven Ballet’s Office Manager and Ballet
Mistress, winning their respect and support.
Mr. Redick’s early training was at the Conservatory Ballet, University of North Carolina
School of the Arts, American Ballet Theatre’s School of Classical Ballet with Mikhail
Baryshnikov and later at the School of American Ballet. In the course of his professional
life, he has worked with ballet luminaries such as Edward Villella, Suzanne Farrell, and
most recently, with Mikko Nissinen, Boston Ballet’s Artistic Director. Mr. Redick is the
consummate professional and will enrich our dancers with his outstanding teaching skills
and rich professional experience.
New Haven Ballet stands poised to embark upon a great new adventure. Electricity is in
the air at both the Audubon Street complex and Guilford Studio as we await the start of a
new chapter. Mr. Redick will begin his tenure at New Haven Ballet in January 2011 and
looks forward to meeting all of the student, parents, and friends of New Haven Ballet. He
is eager to continue to integrate New Haven Ballet into the vibrant Arts community in
New Haven. We hand the reins to Mr. Redick with record enrollment at New Haven
Ballet and know he will lead New Haven Ballet to new heights. The Board of Directors
will be working with Mr. Redick to review and update the long range Strategic Plan for
the Ballet.
The Board of Directors takes this opportunity to thank the Search Committee members,
co-chaired by Susan Gobel and Lisa Freed, for their time and great dedication. The Board
of Directors extends special appreciation to Diana Harris, Ruth Barker, Laura D’Amato,
Suzanne Stack and Caroline Lucy Smith for keeping New Haven Ballet healthy and
happy during this recent period of transition.
As dancers await their cue in the wings with the music and the rustle of tulle wafting
through the air, New Haven Ballet stands ready to leap into a new era with enthusiasm
and optimism. New Haven Ballet, strong since the day Noble founded it, anticipates that
it best days still lie ahead.
New Haven Ballet Board of Directors


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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