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PROGRAMS & TUITION – Student Division


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.

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LEVEL 4, 5, 6:

Intermediate-level students continue to expand their ballet vocabulary and technique while also learning to integrate head, arm, and leg movements fully. Introductory and beginning pointe work.

Level 4 (Age 11+): This level emphasizes strengthening the students’ classical technique, focusing on musicality and artistry, and introducing pointe work.

Level 5 (Age 12+): This level emphasizes center work and expands the students’ ballet vocabulary, with the addition of beginning-level pointe work for ladies.

Level 6 (Age 12+): This level builds on musicality and the physical strength necessary for classical technique, with more complex turns, jumps, and pointe work, introducing alternative arms, body positions, and more advanced enchainment.

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LEVEL 7, 8:

Advanced students incorporate more advanced technique, emphasizing developing individual artistry, technical detail and movement.

Level 7 (Age 13+): This level is a platform for students to build their stamina, improve their performance quality, and advance their technique. It also introduces them to more complex musicality, choreography, and pointe work. The opportunity for partnering, a privilege reserved for the most dedicated and talented, is by invitation only.
Level 8 (Age 14+): This level is a platform for students to showcase their stamina, performance quality, and advanced technique. It stresses advanced complexities of musicality, choreography, and advanced pointe work. The opportunity for partnering, a privilege reserved for the most dedicated and talented, is by invitation only.



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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