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Kaitlyn Gilliland began her dance training at the Minnesota Dance Theatre and continued her studies at the School of American Ballet, where she received the Mae L. Wien Award for outstanding promise in 2004. From 2006 to 2011, Ms. Gilliland performed corps, soloist, and principal roles with the company and was named the New York City Ballet’s Janice Levin Dancer Honoree for 2009­-2010. Following her departure from NYCB, Ms. Gilliland appeared with several New York City-­based dance companies, joining Twyla Tharp for her 2015 50th Anniversary National Tour and two subsequent performance seasons and Benjamin Millepied’s L.A. Dance Project for their 2017-2018 season. Ms. Gilliland served on the faculty of the School of American Ballet and as an instructor for The New York City Public School for Dance (The Ballet Tech School). In May of 2015, she graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Columbia University with a degree in Psychology. She is currently an MBA candidate at the Yale School of Management and Program Director for Minnesota Dance Theatre’s CAN Dance Education Program. Ms. Gilliland will join the faculty of New Haven Ballet in September 2019.

Artistic Director Lisa Sanborn is thrilled to announce New Haven Ballet (NHB) will offer classes in the Town of Bethany at Willow Tree Montessori School. Located at 171 Amity Road in Bethany, the new studio will feature a large dance space with marley-type vinyl flooring, natural light, and ample parking. Classes in Bethany begin September 4. 

Artistic Director Lisa Sanborn notes, “As new members of Bethany’s community, we are excited to partner with Willow Tree Montessori School. This new studio will enable NHB to better serve New Haven, Orange, Woodbridge, Bethany and surrounding communities. We look forward to this wonderful opportunity and meeting our neighbors. We hope this partnership leads to additional classes, performances and other occasions to support high quality arts education and offerings in the community. We invite and hope you will join us!”

Through September 30 new students ages 3-18 may take a FREE class at any of our studio locations in Bethany, Branford or New Haven; fall registration is open (www.newhavenballet.org). 

NHB students enrolled in fall 2019 classes in levels Creative Ballet 2 through Level 8 are encouraged to Audition for The Nutcracker!

Everyone who auditions for The Nutcracker gets a part.

Who: NHB CB2-Level 8 Students

What: Nutcracker Audition

Where: 70 Audubon Street, New Haven

When: Boys (Primary through Level 8) Saturday, September 21; Girls (Level 5-8) Saturday, September 21; Boys and Girls Level CB2 – Level 4, Sunday, September 22

The Nutcracker will perform at the historic Shubert Theatre New Haven. Children’s Matinee: Friday, December 13, 2019 — 10:00 to 11:15 a.m. Public Performances: Saturday and Sunday, December 14-15, 2019 — 1:00 and 5:00 p.m.

To register for The Nutcracker Audition call: 203-782-9038 or email: administrator@newhavenballet.org

Register for fall 2019 classes today!

Fall 2019 classes begin Tuesday, September 3.
New students ages 3 to 18 years (Children’s and Student Division Classes) are eligible for a FREE trial class through September 30. Space is limited. Call to reserve your FREE trial class.
For registration and schedule information:
Or call: 203-782-9038Email: administrator@newhavenballet.org

Click Here for Fall 2019 Schedule

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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.