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1st STEPS (AGE 3)

For those enrolled in 3K pre-kindergarten, 1st Steps celebrates creativity and introduces fundamental movement to music, in addition to basic motor skill development.


For those in 4K Pre-kindergarten and Kindergarten, Creative Ballet promotes the development of a child’s natural creativity with focus on motor skill development and musical awareness.


For those in 1st and 2nd grades, Pre-Ballet and Primary offer an introduction of more formal classical ballet training, using age appropriate ballet vocabulary and movement.


New Haven Ballet offers boys and girls the highest caliber of classical ballet training in the region including, pointe and repertory. Training is augmented by a rich diversity of workshops and classes that may range from classical, Neo-classical, character, contemporary, lyrical, choreography, partnering, conditioning and stretch, to nutrition for dancers, injury prevention, and Pilates. New students are required to take a placement class to register.

LEVEL 1, 2, 3:

Students begin formalized ballet training learning all of the primary vocabulary and steps in these levels.

Level 1 (Age 8+): The beginning of formalized ballet training.
Level 2 (Age 9+): Greater emphasis on flexibility, body alignment and terminology.
Level 3 (Age 10+): Completion of elementary foundational technique while introducing elements of epaulment.

LEVEL 4, 5:

Students continue to expand their ballet vocabulary and technique while also learning to fully integrate head, arm and leg movements. Introductory and beginning pointe work for ladies.

Level 4 (Age 11+): Emphasis on preparing the student for pointe work. Qualified students may begin introductory pointe work.
Level 5 (Age 12+): Greater emphasis on center work and expanded ballet vocabulary. Beginning level pointe work for ladies.

LEVEL 6, 7, 8:

Intermediate and Advanced students incorporate more advanced technique with the emphasis on developing individual artistry, technical detail and movement.

Level 6 (Age 12+): Introduction of alternative arms and poses and more complex enchainment. Intermediate level pointe work for ladies.
Level 7 (Age 13+): Focus on stamina and performance quality with added complexities pertaining to choreography and more advanced pointe work.
Level 8 (Age 14+): Focus on stamina and performance quality with added complexities pertaining to choreography and advanced pointe work.

Photos: Kelsey Paff Photography © 2021
Photos: Thomas Giroir Photography © 2021


New Haven Ballet offers recreational classes for students 12+ years to adult.

Whether you are a beginner or seasoned professional, NHB has something for everyone. Open Division classes for teens and adults provide a wonderful dance experience on a drop-in basis.

Try a class and experience the joy of dance!

Schedule may change; please check back regularly.

Proof of vaccination required to participate in studio classes. You must register to participate in Zoom classes. By participating in classes students acknowledge, understand and agree to the policies and practices of New Haven Ballet, including those described in the waiver.

Contact: administrator@newhavenballet.org to register and receive an invitation to participate in classes. 

Thank you for your understanding!


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.