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New Haven Ballet is pleased to introduce Dorothea Garland who will be offering Gyrokinesis class FREE to NHB students on Wednesday, April 29, at 4:30 p.m. via Zoom. This live online class is open to all Level 5-8 students. If you are interested please email: administrator@newhavenballet.org.

About Dorothea Garland

Dorothea Garland is from Framingham, MA and trained at New England Ballet, Boston Ballet Center for Dance Education, and later Mercyhurst College. She danced with Columbia Classical Ballet in South Carolina and Jose Mateo’s Ballet Theater of Boston before moving to New York City, where she has lived and danced for the last 15 years. She currently dances for Ballets with a Twist, Continuum Contemporary Ballet, East Coast Contemporary Ballet and Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance. In addition to dancing Ms. Garland teaches ballet and the Gyrotonic Method.

Dorothea Garland

About Gyrokinesis

The Gyrotonic Method is a movement system that allows the body to experience and expand its full range of motion, by increasing strength and flexibility within muscles and joints through a structured series of exercises which are performed in circular pathways. Gyrokinesis is the foundation of this movement system and requires minimal to no equipment. It is a wonderful tool for anyone of any age, and has a particular benefit to dancers. This method stimulates and connects muscles, allowing for greater control and knowledge of the body and spine. It increases extension, improves alignment and strength and ultimately creates a greater physical prowess through an overall wider range of motion. It is an unmatched supplement and complement to a dancers training.

New Haven Ballet is pleased to offer a new FREE online class: Mindfulness/Meditation (Corbin), Tuesday/Thursday, 2:00-2:30 p.m.

Come experience FREE live Meditation classes participants describe as, “an essential restorative,” and “de-stressing experience” that allows you to “recharge and recalibrate!”

Mindfulness/Meditation Class Description:

During this especially stressful time, this non-movement class (though there may be gentle body movement that is stationary) will use brief, guided sessions to concentrate on helping you make connections between the mind, body and spirit. 

Through grounding techniques that bring you back to the moment, mindfulness utilizes ideas that will help to recenter you in times of stress. Taking time to breathe and visualize can help to alleviate pressures that everyone faces at this difficult time. Because you will be asked to lower your gaze or close your eyes, seeing Gail is not as important as hearing her voice.

About the Instructor:

Gail Corbin has practiced Ideokinesis (a technique of imagery to promote alignment and posture) for many years with dancers of all levels. She is also certified in Mental Health First Aid and QPR (suicide prevention) Technique and has practiced mindfulness and meditative disciplines. 

Mindfulness/Meditation is open to students ages 12+ years. No prior experience necessary. Non-dancers welcome!

NHB Special: FREE offerings every Tuesday and Thursday! Click Here to register and participate for FREE Mindfulness/Meditation sessions with Gail Corbin from the comfort of your home on Tuesdays and Thursday from 2:00-2:30 p.m.

March 12, 2020

Out of an abundance of caution and in light of our commitment to protect your health and the health of our faculty and staff, we will be canceling classes and rehearsals effective immediately due to COVID-19 concerns. Please closely monitor emails to learn the most up to date information. 

25% off summer classes

Students who register for July classes before February 16 will receive 25% off summer class fees.

Widely regarded as the standard for classical ballet training throughout the Greater New Haven Region, New Haven Ballet offers students an opportunity to improve their technical skills and artistry through a premiere ballet intensive experience during July. Students who participate for the full 4-week program can achieve marked improvement in strength, flexibility and technical ability.

Children’s Division (Ages 3 to 8 years):

For students ages 3 to 8 years old classes are offered in the late afternoons, and on Friday and Saturday mornings.

Student Division (Ages 8 to 19 years):

For students ages 8 to 19 years ballet intensive workshops offer a wide range of classes designed to maximize technical and artistic skills, while offering an opportunity to experience different modalities of movement in addition to learning how to take excellent care of their bodies. Classes range from ballet technique and pointe, to Pilates, stretch & conditioning, dance history, contemporary, injury prevention for dancers, nutrition, salsa and other forms of dance, and repertory. There is a weekly lecture demonstration on Fridays for friends and families to observe the progress students make during the week.

New Haven Ballet Artistic Director Lisa Sanborn notes, “New Haven Ballet offers students an opportunity to work with phenomenal professional faculty, who are comprised of highly experienced teachers, as well as professional dancers. This enables students to reach their full potential. Whether attending NHB year round or simply wishing to spend the summer with us, NHB welcomes and is thrilled to have you!”

New Haven Ballet is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, which offers classes to students, ages 3 years to adult in Bethany, Branford and New Haven. New Haven Ballet’s programs are made possible in part by the generosity of New Haven Ballet’s devoted patrons and supporters, including: State of Connecticut Department of Economic Community Development, Office of the Arts, City of New Haven Department of Arts, Culture & Tourism, National Endowment for the Arts, Ethel & Abe Lapides Foundation, Theresa Foundation, The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, United Illuminating, Lighting Up the Arts, The Frankel Foundation, and Bank of America.

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For more information about New Haven Ballet contact Ruth Barker at tel. 203-782-9038 or email: administrator@newhavenballet.org.

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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