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NYC Ballet dancer, Mary Elizabeth Sell, will present ballet technique classes to Levels 5 through 8 on Monday, March 7, at New Haven Ballet.

Mary Elizabeth Sell was born in Wilton, Connecticut, and began her dance training at the age of five. Ms. Sell entered the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet, at the age of 10.

While a student at SAB, Ms. Sell performed with the Company in Coppélia, Scherzo alla Russe, and Double Feature. Ms. Sell originated a corps role in Christopher d’Amboise’s Tribute as part of the SAB 2005 Annual Workshop.

In December 2005, Ms. Sell became an apprentice with NYCB, and in September 2006 she joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet.

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New Haven Ballet School presents two ballets: the classical, Don Quixote, with music by Ludwig Minkus and Lisa Kim Sanborn’s choreography inspired by Marius Petipa and Alexander Gorsky; and, the neoclassical, Symphonic Nonsense, with music by Leroy Anderson and choreography by Tom Gold. The performance will be held at the Shubert Theatre New Haven on Saturday, May 28, at 1:00 p.m. Tickets cost $37-$57.

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We invite you to experience the movement of ruffled skirts and toreador capes flying. The beautiful dream is restaged, along with an exciting wedding, where the infamous pas de deux is performed in our rendition of Don Quixote.

New Haven Ballet Company also presents former New York City Ballet Soloist, Tom Gold’s whimsical Symphonic Nonsense, featuring music by Woodbury, Connecticut native, Leroy Anderson. New Haven Ballet Premiered Symphonic Nonsense May 8, 2014 at the Shubert Theatre New Haven.

 

New Haven Ballet presents Broadway Dance classes for Levels 5-8 taught by Joseph Simeone on Saturday, March 5. 
Joseph Simeone grew up in Madison, Connecticut and graduated from The Juilliard School in 2004 with a concentration in dance and music composition. He’s danced professionally for ABT, Merce Cunningham Co., Mark Morris, and Twyla Tharp as well as with the Broadway productions of A Chorus Line, The Phantom of the Opera, and West Side Story, as Riff: For which he won two Best Actor Awards and was complimented by the story’s author, Arthur Laurents, in his last memoir, The Rest of the Story (2012). Most recently, Joseph performed the leading role of “Calogero” in A Bronx Tale, on Broadway. 
 
Joseph has also written the book, music, and lyrics for an original musical, titled, Cafe Nadine, (a true story about life in East Berlin after the fall of the Berlin Wall); Which is being mentored by Stephen Schwartz, directed by Scott Schwartz, with musical supervision by Patrick Vaccariello, and is slated for a full Broadway production in 2024.

New Haven Ballet is participating in the ARTStravaganza, a Connecticut Arts Raffle, with tickets to concerts, museums, theater, cuisine, and gifts, sponsored by the Shoreline Arts Alliance. Help us support reopening Connecticut Arts Venues by purchasing a raffle ticket to win some wonderful prizes valued up to $3,000. $20 per ticket. Click Here

New Haven Ballet is thrilled to announce that Ms. Biruite Barodicaite will give a Master Class on Saturday, February 12, for Level 6-8 students from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in Danspace. All Level 6/7/8 students are invited to take the class even if you do not ordinarily take the Saturday class.

Please see Ms. Barodicaite’s bio below.

Birute Barodicaite trained in Chicago with Richard Ellis, Christine DuBoulay, Larry Long, and Ben Stevenson. She danced with the Chicago Ballet, touring throughout France, Austria and Germany. Ms. Barodicaite staged Ruth Page’s The Nutcracker for Chicago Ballet, Con Spirito by Jim Clouser for Chicago Ballet, and Anton Dolin’s Pas de Quatre and Napoli for Ruth Page School of Dance.

Ms. Barodicaite serves as the rehearsal director and ballet mistress for the Ruth Page Civic Ballet Training Company. She is a regular guest teacher for the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater and Grand Rapids Ballet. Ms. Barodicaite also teaches company class for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Luna Negra Dance Theater. Ms. Barodicaite has been invited as a guest teacher at Escuela Nacional de Ballet de Cuba, in Havana. In addition to teaching for the Ruth Page School of Dance for many years, she taught in Lithuania for Lithuanian National Ballet. In Chicago, she was on teaching faculty at Lou Conte Dance Studio, and is currently on faculty with Chicago Movement Collective.

New Haven Ballet’s Shared Ability program will start February 13! Kerry Kincy and NHB advanced level students will facilitate weekly dance workshops for differently abled dancers.
We are offering two choices this year. Students may take class via Zoom and/or in person.
In order to participate in the in-person classes at the studio, students and parents will need to be fully vaccinated, and wear a mask, preferably a KN95 or comparable mask.  
We will also perform an at home Covid test on participants upon arrival. We are asking that you arrive for in-studio workshops at 11:40 a.m. 
To register, follow the link:
The cost is $224. If you are unable to pay for the workshop, please email: administrator@newhavenballet.org. We have financial aid scholarships available. 
Please see the schedule below.
ZOOM Tuesdays from 4:00-4:45 p.m.
February: 15, 22
March:  1, 8, 15, 22, 29
April: 3,12
IN-PERSON Sundays from 12:00-12:45 p.m.
February 13, 20
March 6, 13, 20
April 3, 10
May 1 – (NHB will be filming this session)
Photo: (c) 2022 Kelsey Paff Photography

Artistic Director, Lisa Kim Sanborn, announces that forty-four veteran and new male and female dancers comprise New Haven Ballet’s student company. The dancers will perform excerpts from the ballet, Don Quixote, with a score composed by Leon Minkus and choreography by Lisa Kim Sanborn after Marius Petipa and Alexander Gorsky. The Company will also perform Symphonic Nonsense, set to music by Leroy Anderson and choreographed by Tom Gold. The public is invited to attend the performance at the Shubert Theatre New Haven on May 28, 2022. Congratulations to the members of New Haven Ballet Company!

Former Susan Farrell Ballet and Dance Theatre of Harlem dancer, Alicia Holloway, is returning to New Haven Ballet to offer a mini workshop to Level 6-8 dancers. Ms. Holloway will work with Level 6-8 dancers on Thursday, Saturday and Thursday (January 13, 15 & 20), offering both ballet and pointe technique with variations. Level 5 dancers will also have a chance to work with Ms. Holloway on January 20. New Haven Ballet is excited to welcome her back to New Haven!

Alicia Mae Holloway is from Morgantown, West Virginia and began dancing when she was three years old at Kat and company dance studio. In 2007, Alicia began taking classes at Morgantown Dance Studio with Desiree Witt, Lauren Sone, Marilyn Pipes, Eunice Kim, and Robert Steele.

She also trained at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts before attending the School of American Ballet from 2011-2015, where she trained with Suzy Pilarre, Suki Schorer, Darci Kistler, Kay Mazzo, and Jock Soto. Over the last few summers, Ms. Holloway has attended the Boston Ballet Summer Dance Program, as well as Pacific Northwest Ballet. She began her professional career dancing with the Suzanne Farrell Ballet, and with the Dance Theatre of Harlem.

Artistic Director, Lisa Kim Sanborn, announced that Timothy Fountain has been named the new Children’s Division Director at New Haven Ballet. When speaking about her selection, Ms. Sanborn noted, “Tim Fountain has a great passion for ballet. He brings an earnest interest in seeing students succeed and shares his joy for dance with every child in the classroom.”

We hope you will join us in welcoming “Mr. Tim” to the Children’s Division!

Ring in the New Year with New Haven Ballet! We are offering a FREE trial class to new students in January 2022! Space is limited. If you are 3-18 years old and interested in trying a FREE ballet class, email: administrator@newhavenballet.org to reserve your spot. We look forward to seeing you in class!

OUR MISSION

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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