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New Haven Ballet held its annual DanceAIR performance on Friday, May 10, at the ECA ACES Arts Hall in New Haven. Seven deserving students from Fair Haven School, Truman School, Barack H. Obama Magnet University School, Edgewood Creative Thinking Through STEM School, Lincoln-Bassett School, and the Dixwell Community House received full scholarships to train at New Haven Ballet, including tuition for 12 months, all performance fees, costume fees, and free dance attire. Other students were awarded free summer tuition to study at New Haven Ballet.

DanceAIR is a community program that partners the Ballet with New Haven Public Schools and community centers in traditionally underserved neighborhoods to provide free classical ballet training, scholarships, and performance opportunities.

Photo: (c) 2024 Kelsey Paff Photography

New Haven Ballet returns to ECA ACES Arts Hall on Friday, May 10, at 6:30 p.m. to celebrate young dancers participating in this year’s DanceAIR program.

New Haven Ballet’s DanceAIR program offers free in-school ballet classes to young children at New Haven public elementary schools. Through partnerships established with New Haven public schools and LEAP (Leadership, Education and Athletics in Partnership, Inc.), New Haven Ballet provides high-quality arts education, expands students’ understanding and appreciation of dance and the performing arts, teaches basic dance technique and choreography, and allows children to express themselves artistically by combining musicality and rhythm. Students experience the artistry and musicality of dance, which emphasizes self-discipline, athleticism, coordination, creativity, strength, balance, and flexibility.

The recently established offerings at the Dixwell Community House (Q House) grew out of interest when New Haven Ballet offered a free performance of Nutcracker excerpts at the Q House, which serves families in the Dixwell and Newhallville neighborhoods of New Haven. “The performance attracted a standing-room-only audience, which led New Haven Ballet and Q House to develop a long-term partnership with free weekly dance classes at Q House,” notes Artistic Director Lisa Kim Sanborn.

Sanborn states, “We began last spring, and the program has now expanded to three classes held each Friday evening, with sixty-seven students enrolled.”

A testament to the program’s growing popularity and the joy it brings, twenty-seven DanceAIR and Q House students performed with New Haven Ballet’s student Company last December to showcase their talent in the Q House holiday dance concert, once again attracting a full house. According to Sanborn, “Seven DanceAIR students had the opportunity to perform in our public performances of The Nutcracker on stage at New Haven’s historic Shubert Theatre, where over 4,000 audience members shared in nurturing our young talented dancers, witnessing their excitement and passion for dance. New Haven Ballet is proud of the success of DanceAIR, which is a testament to the support and involvement of our community. This year, we are offering free in-school ballet classes to over forty-five young children at five New Haven public elementary schools,” which Sanborn continues is “a significant increase from last year,” where ninety percent of the students are children of color and approximately seventy percent are eligible for free/reduced-price meals.

New Haven Schools offering DanceAIR training include Fair Haven School, Truman School, Edgewood Creative Thinking through STEAM Magnet School, Lincoln-Bassett Community School, and Barack H. Obama Magnet University School. These students will be joined by Q House students and New Haven Ballet Company dancers for a one-hour performance at ECA ACES Arts Hall, 55 Audubon Street, New Haven, on Friday, May 10, at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. The performance is one hour long and FREE admission.

New Haven Ballet is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. This performance is made possible through the generosity and support of our partners, ECA ACES, the City of New Haven Department of Arts, Culture, and Tourism, the Anna Fitch Ardenghi Trust, the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, and our valued partnership with the Dixwell Community House. We are deeply grateful for their contributions and belief in our mission to provide high-quality arts education to young children in New Haven.

New Haven Ballet will once again offer Shared Ability, a program that creates performances by dancers with and without physical disabilities. Click Here to Learn More.

Photo of Shared Ability dancers performing at the Shubert Theatre New Haven on May 27, 2023, courtesy of New Haven Ballet and Thomas Giroir Photography (c) 2023.

New Haven Ballet wishes to congratulate the cast and crew of The Nutcracker! We are so proud of the over 150 dancers, guest artists, and singers who performed at the Shubert Theatre New Haven last weekend; it was a spectacular show. We wish to extend a special thank you to our guest artists, Sara Adams and Harrison Coll, courtesy of New York City Ballet, Alejandro Ulloa, and Michael Requena, in addition to the Shubert, our faculty and staff, our volunteers, and everyone who worked so hard to make our performances incredible. We wish you a fantastic holiday season and winter break. New Haven Ballet looks forward to seeing everyone back in the studio soon!

The lights…the scenery…the music…the dancing!

Don’t miss New Haven Ballet’s The Nutcracker at the Shubert Theatre New Haven this weekend, December 15-17. New York City Ballet’s Sara Adams and Harrison Coll lead the talented cast as the Sugar Plum Fairy and Cavalier, with Alejandro Ulloa performing the role of the Snow King and Michael Requena performing as the Trepak and Coffee Principal Dancer. New this year is a spectacular, larger-than-life Land of Sweets set, costumes designed by Kimberly Salsbury, and choreography by Artistic Director Lisa Kim Sanborn. Kick off the holidays with New Haven Ballet’s The Nutcracker. Tickets start at $29 at the Shubert.com box office, or Click Here to purchase tickets.

The Shubert Theatre New Haven is located at 247 College Street in downtown New Haven, in the heart of the city’s restaurant and shopping district.

New Haven Ballet is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community ballet school setting the standard for classical training throughout Greater New Haven.

New Haven Ballet continues to kick off the holiday season by returning to the Dixwell Community House (“Q House”) to present a free Holiday Dance Concert on Sunday, December 3, at 3:00 p.m.

New Haven Ballet will perform excerpts from Artistic Director Lisa Kim Sanborn’s The Nutcracker, which premiered at the Shubert Theatre New Haven in 2013. Also presented will be excerpts from the ballets Cavaliere Allegro and Vivaldi Concerto.

Located at 197 Dixwell Avenue in the heart of New Haven, the performance will feature beautiful costumes, professional sound and lighting, and the quintessential holiday music by Tchaikovsky. Parking is available. Admission is free. Audience members are encouraged to arrive early to enjoy a holiday afternoon of ballet.

This performance is made possible through the generosity of the City of New Haven Department of Arts, Culture, and Tourism and in partnership with the Dixwell Community House.

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If you want more information about this event or New Haven Ballet, please call Ruth Barker at tel. 203-782-9038 or email: administrator@newhavenballet.org.

Kick off the holiday season when New Haven Ballet performs a free Holiday Dance Concert at the Guilford Community Center. The concert will be presented Saturday, November 25, at 3:00 p.m.

New Haven Ballet will perform excerpts from Artistic Director Lisa Kim Sanborn’s The Nutcracker, which premiered at the Shubert Theatre New Haven in 2013. Guest Artist Michael Requena will join students from New Haven Ballet to perform as the Coffee Prince and Trepak Principal Dancer. Also presented will be excerpts from the ballets Cavaliere Allegro and Vivaldi Concerto.

Located at 32 Church Street in downtown Guilford, the performance will feature beautiful costumes, professional sound and lighting, and the familiar holiday music by Tchaikovsky, Haydn, and Vivaldi. The Community Center is near the Town Green’s shopping and dining district. Limited parking is available. Admission is free. Audience members are encouraged to arrive early to enjoy a holiday afternoon of ballet.

This performance is made possible through the partnership between New Haven Ballet and the Guilford Department of Parks and Recreation.

If you would like more information about this event or New Haven Ballet, please call Tel. 203-782-9038 or email: administrator@newhavenballet.org.

September 2, 2023

Dear New Haven Ballet Families,

I hope you enjoyed a fantastic summer and are ready to begin the fall. All of us at New Haven Ballet are excited to welcome new and returning students to the studio.

This is an exciting time to be part of New Haven Ballet and I feel privileged to be part of this community. Our first summer residency at Choate was incredible and I look forward to sharing news about expanding the program next summer.

You may see some new faces as Heidi Yu returns to the faculty to teach Levels 2, 3 and 4, and we welcome Julien Kanor who will be working with Mr. Tim and students in the Children’s Division.

During the month of September, I encourage students in Levels 3-8 to try something new by attending one or more of the nine weekly enrichment classes for FREE. Enrichment classes support and maximize a student’s progress and potential. Students in levels 3-8 should participate in at least one weekly conditioning class. Broadway and Contemporary dance classes build physical strength, flexibility, musicality, and broaden a dancer’s overall technical skills and artistry.

Finally, I understand many of us are focused on The Nutcracker. Auditions will be held September 23-24 and are open to students enrolled at New Haven Ballet in Creative Ballet 1 through Level 8. For those who have questions about the process I invite you to attend a meeting on Saturday, September 9.

If you have a general question please do not hesitate to ask Ruth Barker at Tel. 203-782-9038 or email: administrator@newhavenballet.org. If you have questions about billing please reach out to Lucy Weady at businessmanager@newhavenballet.org.

As the Artistic Director I will continue to dedicate myself to this organization, and feel confident that together we will make great things happen at New Haven Ballet!

Click Here to See What’s Happening this Fall!

Yours sincerely,

Lisa Kim Sanborn

Artistic Director

 

New Haven Ballet offers classes to students ages 3 years to adult and Fall 2023 Class Registration is open. New students to the school should contact NHB School Administrator, Ruth Barker, at Tel. 203-782-9038 or Email: administrator@newhavenballet.org to set up a placement class. Students are encouraged to register early to ensure their preferred class selections are available. Once classes are full waitlists will form.

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New Haven Ballet Artistic Director, Lisa Kim Sanborn, announced that auditions for the student company will be held on Friday, January 20. Auditions are open to all Level 5-8 students who wish to perform in the Spring Performance on May 27, 2023 at the Shubert Theatre New Haven. Pre-registration is required.

OUR MISSION

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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