This has been a wonderful Spring 2023 and we are proud of the progress our students have made this year. To celebrate New Haven Ballet will offer three spring performances:
May 19, 6:30 p.m., DanceAIR performs at ECA ACES Arts Hall Free Admission
May 27, 1:00 p.m., New Haven Ballet School, the Company, Shared Ability, Neighborhood Music Premier Quartet, Music Haven’s Pomegranates String Quartet, and more perform at the Shubert Theatre New Haven.
June 9, 6:00 p.m., New Haven Ballet performs on the Branford Green
In June, students may pay tuition by the week and enjoy as many classes as are offered in their class level or one level lower.
In July, Level 2-8 students have the opportunity to enroll in a ballet intensive summer camp where they will enjoy daily conditioning and stretch classes, ballet technique, and different genres of movement to help them gain strength and mobility, improve their artistry and musicality, and make tremendous strides in their technique.
Students who are new to New Haven Ballet will need to schedule a placement class before registering. Current students should register for their current class level.
New Haven Ballet is thrilled to welcome back alumni Cassidy Cail June 20 and 22. Cassidy is a member of Boston Ballet II and will return to New Haven Ballet this summer as a guest faculty member.
Cassidy Cail Bio:
Cassidy Cail began dancing at age 3, studying tap, ballet, and jazz. She trained at New Haven Ballet and attended the School of American Ballet’s Summer Intensive Program from 2016-2018. In 2018, she joined Boston Ballet School’s Pre-Professional Program under the direction of Margaret Tracey. In 2020, Cail was awarded the Pamela Jones Scholarship, and continued her training with Boston Ballet School’s Professional Division at Walnut Hill School for the Arts and Boston Ballet School’s Summer Dance Programs on full scholarship. Upon graduating from Walnut Hill in 2021, she was selected to join Boston Ballet School’s Graduate Program.
Cail’s repertoire includes George Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante, Jorma Elo’s One With Mozart, Arianna Hughlett’s Quartet, Ja’ Malik’s Light Migrations, and Mikko Nissinen’s Swan Lake and The Nutcracker. She also performed in Rudolf Nureyev’s Don Quixote and Justin Peck’s Everywhere We Go.
Widely regarded as the standard for classical ballet training throughout the Greater New Haven area, New Haven Ballet offers students an opportunity to improve their technical skills and artistry through a premiere summer ballet intensive experience. Learn More
For those completing 4K Pre-kindergarten, Kindergarten, and Grades 1-3, New Haven Ballet offers summer ballet classes. No placement class is needed to register for Children’s Division classes. Learn More
Students register by the week to accommodate summer schedules. Classes begin July 5.
New Haven Ballet will once again be instituting a mask optional “break.” Masks will continue to be required to enter the building and while waiting for classes to start/end. Masks are optional for participating in dance classes once inside the studio. We ask that you continue to maintain 6-feet of distance between dancers. If you exhibit any cold symptoms or are not feeling well please have a COVID test performed and wear a mask.
New Haven Ballet will continue to follow CDC guidelines:
1) For those who test COVID positive with or without symptoms, we require masking through day 10.
Students should isolate at home for a full 5 days and may return to the studio on day 6 if symptoms have improved, though masking is required through day 10.
2) For those who experience a close contact or COVID exposure:
Fully vaccinated students with no symptoms need not quarantine but are asked to mask through day 10.
Unvaccinated students with or without symptoms must quarantine at home for 5 days. Unvaccinated students may return on day 6 if a COVID test (PCR or at home antigen test) administered on day 5 is negative, the student has no symptoms, and wears a mask for 5 additional days.
3) Even if no exposure is known, students who exhibit any symptoms of feeling ill are asked to take and return a negative COVID test result to the NHB office before coming into the studio. At home antigen tests or PCR tests are acceptable.
Thank you for your help in making NHB as safe as possible.
New Haven Ballet is delighted to announce that Ms. Emily Coates will offer a Master Classical Ballet Class on Thursday, June 9, for NHB students in levels 5-8. Students are required to wear their class uniform.
Ms. Coates is a former member of New York City Ballet and currently acts as the Director of Dance Studies Curriculum, Assistant Professor Adjunct of Theater Studies, Assistant Professor Adjunct of Directing at Yale University/Yale School of Drama. Please see Ms. Coates’ biography below.
This is an incredible opportunity and honor for NHB students!
Emily Coates – received the School of American Ballet Mae L. Wein Award for Outstanding Promise in 1992 and joined New York City Ballet that same year. After six years with NYCB, she transitioned into contemporary dance. At the invitation of Mikhail Baryshnikov, she joined White Oak Dance Project (1998 – 2002), and subsequently performed with Twyla Tharp Dance (2001 – 2003), and Yvonne Rainer (2005 – present). Her recent projects include a multi-sited research project on intercultural collaboration undertaken with Lacina Coulibaly, an artist based in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Their joint-creations include the development of a duet titled Ici Ou Ailleurs, performed in full or excerpted at Cornell, Harvard, Brown, Baryshnikov Arts Center, and in the Movement Research Fall Festival. Their second piece for a group of eight dancers, commissioned and performed by Ballet Memphis and titled Où Que Nous Soyons, premiered in Memphis , TN in February 2011. In the area of integrated arts and science research, she has collaborated with particle physicist Sarah Demers since 2011, first on a co-taught course at Yale titled The Physics of Dance, and now through co-authoring an interdisciplinary book on physics and dance based on the course, forthcoming from Yale University Press. Their project “Discovering the Higgs” was selected for the Arts Council of Greater New Haven’s Reintegrate initiative in 2012-2013. Their related science-art video “Three Views of the Higgs and Dance” premiered online in December 2013. Her essays have appeared in Theater, PAJ, Huffington Post, and Transformations. With Joseph Roach, she is co- editor of Theater’s 2010 issue on postglobal dance. Between 2006 and 2012, she served as the artistic director of Professor Roach’s World Performance Project at Yale. She graduated magna cum laude with a BA in English from Yale ’06 and holds an MA in American Studies from Yale ’11. Currently, she is an associate professor (adjunct) appointed in Theater Studiesand in the Directing Program of Yale School of Drama, and director of dance studies at Yale, where she has directed the dance curriculum since its inception in 2006.
Summer ballet at New Haven Ballet has begun! Through June, pay a flat fee each week for students in the Children’s and Student Divisions (ages 3-19 years). Morning ballet classes are also offered on a drop in basis in the Open Division (12+ years). New and returning students are welcome. For more information email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.