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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.

Whitney-Audubon Retail & Arts District Presents Fall Free For All –

A Taste of the Arts, Sept. 23, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

New Haven Ballet is participating in the Fall Free For All event! If you or someone you know is 3-8 years of age and interested in taking a free ballet class on September 23, call 203-782-9038 to reserve your spot. Free ballet classes to new students aged 3-8 years will be offered from 9:00 a.m. through 1:00 p.m. at Studio 70, located at 70 Audubon Street, New Haven. You can also check out other wonderful classes, workshops, restaurants and shops you keep hearing about in the “Arts District” of New Haven on September 23.

This festive family-friendly event features an array of FREE sample classes, live performances, face painting, demonstrations, and special food and shopping offers. FREE parking for the first 100 cars at the Audubon Garage, 78 Audubon St., 11am-5pm (Enter from Orange Street). Performances take place outside on Leeney Plaza, located in the middle of Audubon Street, which will be closed to traffic. Classes and exhibits are listed below. Events, performances, classes, discounts, and more from: Neighborhood Music School, Creative Arts Workshop, ACES Educational Center for the Arts, New Haven Museum, New Haven Ballet; The Ely Center of Contemporary Art. Restaurants and merchants exhibiting and providing free samples: Katalina’s Bakery, Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, Phone & Computer Repair Center, Gilden’s Jewelers, Phil’s Hair & Spa, Yale Social & Cognitive Development Lab Yale and Yale China Association.

Complete list of events & offers: 

NHB’s Ruth Barker will be a featured guest on the radio!

Don’t miss her interview —

What: WQUN radio interview of Ruth Barker

Where: AM 1220 WQUN

Date: Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Time: 8:45 a.m.

Whether you are driving to work or heading to school don’t miss on hearing the latest happenings at NHB!

August 17, 2017- BRANFORD, CONNECTICUT – New Haven Ballet’s Branford Studios are offering tours and free classes to new students during their Open House.

The Branford Studios are NHB’s home on the Shoreline. Located at 9 Business Park Drive, right off exit 56 of I-95, the Branford location features two large dance studios with sprung wood floors, marley surfaces for pointe work, natural light, and ample parking. Artistic Director Lisa Sanborn notes enthusiastically that the state-of-the-art studios enable NHB to better serve both New Haven and Shoreline students. Free classes to new students aged 3 to 10 years are offered in Branford during the Open House on Saturday, September 9. For a tour of the spacious studios and to learn more about NHB’s programs (including free classes), contact Children’s Division Director, Christopher DeNofrio at or call 203-583-6872.

NHB is a 501(c)(3) non-profit community based classical ballet school providing ballet instruction to students aged 3 years to adult. NHB presents its annual production of The Nutcracker at the Shubert Theater, which exclusively features NHB students. NHB’s Company performs throughout the region at local festivals and schools, including the Branford Festival on the Branford Green. NHB is thrilled to offer its professional classical ballet programming to Branford. Classes begin September 5, 2017. For more information:

We are delighted to announce that Mr. Sean Suozzi, New York City Ballet Soloist, will offer a Master Ballet Class:

Sunday, August 27, 2017

11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Levels 5-8

Danspace Studio, 70 Audubon St. (Lower Level), New Haven

Fee: $25

Students are required to wear their class uniform. This is an excellent opportunity for Level 5-8 students. Space is limited. Payment required to reserve your spot. We look forward to seeing you there!

Sean Suozzi performs in Agon

About Sean Suozzi —

Sean Suozzi was born in Glen Cove, New York, and began his dance training at the age of seven with Joyce DiLauro. Mr. Suozzi trained for four years at the Nutmeg Ballet in Torrington, Connecticut with Sharon Dante, Joan Kunsch, Eleanor D’Antuono, Alexei Tchernichov, and Kevin Martin. After attending the 1997 summer session at the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet, Mr. Suozzi was invited to continue his studies in the SAB winter session as a scholarship student. At SAB, he studied with Stanley Williams, Andrei Kramarevsky, Peter Boal, Jock Soto, and Susan Pilarre, among other SAB teachers. Mr. Suozzi was invited to become an apprentice with New York City Ballet in April 1999 and joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in February 2000. In May 2007, Mr. Suozzi was promoted to soloist.

NHB is excited to announce that Joseph Peterson, an experienced 5th Degree Champion black belt instructor, will offer a Master Class to students, friends and relatives about identifying, avoiding, diffusing, and defending against a threatening situation. At NHB we recognize the importance of teaching children of all ages these critical life skills. This class will help build confidence in a fun and safe environment.

What: Stranger Danger/Bully Defense

Who: Boys and Girls aged 6 to 16 years

Where: The Community Foundation Building, 70 Audubon Street, New Haven

When: Saturday, July 8, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Cost: $20 per student

Attire: Tee shirt, shorts or track pants, bare feet. Long hair should be secured away from face

Bring your friends! This class is not just for students who study at NHB but for friends and relatives as well.

Space is limited. If interested please contact NHB’s office at 203-782-9038. Payment is required at time of registration.

We look forward to your participation!


Head Instructor, Master Joseph Peterson

I have been teaching the art of Tae Kwon Do since 1994 throughout northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin. I started training in Tae Kwon do as a teenager to learn self-defense. As I am not shy to say, I was a huge fan of old-time “Kung Fu Theater” and similar programs of its likeness. What I quickly found out was that this activity was helping me to feel more confident about myself. My self-esteem was much better, and I started to feel strong as an individual. I continued my training throughout college at Northern Illinois University, which is when I discovered my love for teaching. By the time I finished college I was in charge of teaching a campus Tae Kwon Do club as well as a University-accredited Tae Kwon Do course. I finished college with a teaching degree in secondary education and immediately began my apprenticeship for instructing Tae Kwon Do. Since that time I have promoted to the rank of 5th Degree Black Belt and have been teaching and managing Tae Kwon Do schools/programs throughout the Northern Illinois (most specifically Rockford) and southern Wisconsin (Beloit, Janesville) areas full-time. Although I recently received my 5th Degree Black Belt (in 2009), becoming a “Master” of Tae Kwon Do, I will always see myself as a “student” of the arts.

I am very fortunate and happy to have wonderful, dedicated students. I look forward to continuing to study martial arts and pass on my knowledge to those that would care to study along with me. By teaching I have become a much better student. By continuing to train, I have realized how much I have to learn. Remember to always train and seek knowledge with the enthusiasm of a White Belt. For those who teach or would like to teach, remember, as a wise teacher once said, “If you would like to keep what I have taught you, give it to others.”


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.