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Studies have shown that whatever their age or abilities, all children love to dance. From the moment they get up on their feet, children start moving to music, twirling in circles, hopping and leaping and jumping to song. New Haven Ballet exists because of that love. Our goal is to help each student, from the youngest to the most mature, nurture and develop and strive to fulfill their dance dreams. For the child who dreams of performing onstage, we offer first-class training, from first steps to advanced pointe work, with an outstanding faculty from around the region and from world-renowned companies like the New York City Ballet and Mark Morris Dance Group. And we have expanded our advanced summer intensive sleep-away course at Choate Rosemary Hall from one week to two. We offer ballet and modern drop-in classes for teen and adult recreational dancers. For our youngest students, our Children’s Division offers four levels of ballet, which promote the development of a child’s natural creativity with a focus on motor skill development and musical awareness. And for the entire community, we offer our holiday classic, The Nutcracker; a full-length Spring Performance, which this year will include Beauty and the Beast and scenes from the classical ballet Paquita; and our outreach programs, DanceAIR, which brings ballet training to elementary schoolchildren, and Shared Ability, which pairs disabled dancers with advanced NHB students.

The love of dance is infectious, but nurturing it takes funding. Class tuition covers just a fraction of the costs involved in running the school, providing outreach programs, and staging our performances at the Shubert Theatre. If you, too, love dance, please consider making a donation during this year’s Great Give, sponsored by the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven. Any amount will help us bring the joy of dance to all in our community.

Great Give: 8:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 1, to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, May 2.

New Haven Ballet is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

We thank you for your support!


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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