Dear New Haven Ballet Family and Friends,
As this past week has shown, New Haven didn’t wait until June to start bustin’ out all over—and we at New Haven Ballet (NHB) can’t wait to tell you about all the ways we are bustin’ out too! As trees bud and flowers bloom, NHB students are rehearsing, our costume designers are sewing, our set designers are hammering, and our Shared Ability and DanceAir partners are discovering first hand the joy of dance.
This spring NHB will be offering two extraordinary performances. First up is our free DanceAir student performance on May 19 at which young students from schools throughout Greater New Haven show us what they have learned through our in- and after-school ballet programs, joining some of our more advanced students in a celebration of community. Next comes Coppélia at the Shubert Theater (May 27, 1:00 p.m., tickets on sale now), along with premiers of works accompanied by the Neighborhood Music Premier Quartet and Music Haven’s Pomegranates Quartet, two New Haven–based student groups. Our Shared Ability dancers will also perform. With new sets and costumes, and live music, this will be a feast for eyes and ears.
Meanwhile, students from age 3-up are receiving the highest-caliber dance instruction, whether they aim for a professional ballet career or an exciting recreational opportunity. And for the first time we are offering, as part of our summer program, a one-week sleep-away ballet intensive at Choate Rosemary Hall for advanced students. We will also proudly welcome back NHB’s own Cassidy Cail, who began her training at NHB and is now a member of the Boston Ballet II Company, along with other exciting guest teachers in a variety of dance fields.
You all know what’s coming next: spring is also the time when the Greater New Haven community opens its hearts and its wallets for the Great Give, to help NHB (and so many other wonderful nonprofits) continue to serve you, our community and family—and we are asking our NHB family to help us keep these wonderful programs and performances going. We have seen every day how dance enriches the lives of our students and their families. The hard work—and ballet is hard work—pays off in so many ways: goals set and met, bodies stretched and strengthened, senses charmed with glorious music, movement, color, and storytelling.
So please, won’t you help our dancers live their dreams and our community participate, in whatever way they choose, in the joy of dance? Even the smallest donation can make a big difference.
New Haven Ballet is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
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.
We thank you for being an important part of our community and supporting our efforts to bring you the best in dance education and performances.
The New Haven Ballet Team