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New Haven Ballet is pleased to announce our return to The Shubert Theatre New Haven to perform The Nutcracker on December 17, 18 & 19, 2021.

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New Haven Ballet proudly presents Artistic Director Lisa Kim Sanborn’s exciting full length production of The Nutcracker at the Shubert Theatre New Haven. This wonderful classic, set to music by Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky, tells the story of the Von Stahlbaum family as they celebrate the holidays with a festive party, and brings to life a dream young Clara Von Stahlbaum experiences after the party ends. From her Uncle Drosselmeyer’s enchanting nephew, who charms Clara at the party, to the dancing dolls her uncle brings as entertainment for the guests, to the daring battle between the fierce Mouse King and brave soldiers lead by the heroic Nutcracker Prince, to the Land of Snow and eventual journey through the Land of Sweets, this magical holiday tradition is a delight all will enjoy.

Announcing Nutcracker Principal Dancers:

Luciana Paris headshot

Sugar Plum Fairy


Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Luciana Paris began her ballet training at the age of seven with Elena Perez. In 1996 Paris joined Julio Bocca’s Ballet Argentino as a principal

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Born in Kiev, Ukraine, Simon Wexler moved to the United States in 1993 where he began his ballet training at the Academy of Ballet in Tucson, Arizona. At age 13,

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Alejandro Ulloa headshot

Snow King


A native of Nicaragua, international freelance artist Alejandro Ulloa began his dance training at the Escuela Nacional de Ballet de Nicaragua under the direction

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While NHB was unable to perform its full-length production live in 2020, NHB’s Company dancers performed the Waltz of the Flowers in a video recording to share with our community.

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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.