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New Haven Ballet (NHB), a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization, is widely regarded as the standard for classical ballet training throughout Greater New Haven. Founded by Noble Barker in 1985 and under the leadership of Lisa Kim Sanborn since 2013, New Haven Ballet provides the highest caliber of classical ballet training, performances and community programs in southern Connecticut to students preparing for professional careers or dancing for the sheer joy and pleasure of movement. The Children’s division is designed to instill a love of dance and music by providing age appropriate movement classes to those aged 3-7 years. By age 8 years, those who comprise serious recreational and pre-professional students participate in a graded curriculum of ballet, pointe, and contemporary. NHB also offers all levels of Open Division classes to students aged 12+ years, which cater to those who wish to enjoy dance purely for recreation.

Advanced level students take classes in Danspace, a state of the art spacious studio with vaulted ceilings located at 70 Audubon Street in downtown New Haven. Danspace boasts an abundance of natural light and features a grand piano where the finest ballet accompanists play for classes.

New Haven Ballet is committed to helping students reach their full potential whether they plan a professional career in dance or dance recreationally. The life skills acquired by students can take them far beyond the studio and stage and help them succeed in every area of life.

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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.

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