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PROGRAMS & TUITION – Children’s Division

The Children’s Division

We begin training using our gentle approach syllabus, which introduces our youngest dancers to the joys of music and movement. Classes are filled with laughter and held in spacious, sunny, state-of-the-art studios by the region’s best instructors.

Each of our Children’s Division classes follows a carefully constructed syllabus. It uses age-appropriate exercises and stretches while gently introducing students to classical dance and musical tenets. Over time, dancers acquire the skills and discipline needed to successfully transition into the graded curriculum. 

Dancers in Creative Ballet and higher are invited to audition and perform in our large productions at the Shubert Theatre in New Haven.   

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1st STEPS (AGES 3-4)

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

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For students in 4K Pre-kindergarten and Kindergarten, Creative Ballet promotes the development of a child’s natural creativity, focusing on motor skill development and musical awareness. Students are encouraged to discover the joy of movement while building the basic foundation for classical dance. Students with excellent attendance can audition and perform in The Nutcracker and Spring Performance at the Shubert Theatre.

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For students in 1st and 2nd grades, Pre-Ballet and Primary offer an exciting introduction to more formal classical ballet training. Using age-appropriate movement, basic ballet vocabulary is introduced, and the foundation for excellent technique is established, fostering each child’s technical and artistic growth and progress. Students with excellent attendance can audition and perform in The Nutcracker and Spring Performance at the Shubert Theatre.



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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