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New Haven Ballet’s Branford Green Performance will include:

BRANFORD, CT, June 25, 2019 – Artistic Director Lisa Sanborn is thrilled to announce New Haven Ballet will perform on the Branford Green, Saturday, June 29, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. This performance is FREE and open to the public. Audience members are encouraged to bring a folding chair or blanket. And if it rains, New Haven Ballet will still perform with the performance being moved to the Branford Armory, 87 Montowese Avenue, Branford.

The Sleeping Beauty

First presented in 1890 at the Mariinksy Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia, The Sleeping Beauty ballet features music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and choreography after Marius Petipa. Performed by leading ballet companies around the world, New Haven Ballet will present The Sleeping Beauty Prologue: The Christening, in which the Fairies of the Kingdom have been invited to the christening of Princess Aurora. Each of the fairies bestows on the princess a special gift by way of a dance.

Peter Rabbit

Premiering at the Shubert Theatre New Haven on May 18, 2019, this charming children’s ballet brings to life the delightful characters from Beatrix Potter’s beloved stories of Peter Rabbit. You will meet Peter, a young bunny who forages for vegetables in Mr. McGregor’s garden (much to Mr. McGregor’s dismay), and makes friends with Miss Potter (Mr. McGregor’s lovely neighbor), in addition to many forest dwellers. After Mr. McGregor suffers an injury, he has a vision in which Peter befriends and guides him home with the help of forest animals.

Artistic Director Lisa Sanborn notes, “As relatively new members of Branford’s community (studios are located at Exit 56 on I-95), we are excited to partner with the Town and contribute to the presence of dance as an accessible public art in Branford. New Haven Ballet has many dancers who reside in Branford and adjacent Shoreline communities. We look forward to this wonderful performance opportunity and meeting our Branford neighbors. We invite and hope you will join us!”

Widely regarded as the standard for classical ballet training throughout the greater New Haven region, New Haven Ballet is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, which offers classes to students, ages 3 years to adult in Branford and New Haven. This performance is 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. The Ballet also acknowledges the generosity of the Town of Branford, Trinity Episcopal Church, and Nardella’s Music Company.

New Haven Ballet Presents:

The Sleeping Beauty and Peter Rabbit on the Branford Green

Saturday, June 29, 2019

6:00 – 7:15 p.m.

Branford Green (Rain Venue: Branford Armory)

FREE performance. Bring a folding chair or blanket on which to sit and enjoy the show!

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

We are delighted to announce that Mr. Sean Suozzi, New York City Ballet Soloist, will teach a Classical Ballet Master Class:

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Levels 5-8

Danspace, 70 Audubon Street, New Haven

Fee: $20

Please RSVP if you plan to attend.


Sean Suozzi Bio

Sean Suozzi was born in Glen Cove, New York, and began his dance training at the age of seven with Joyce DiLauro. Mr. Suozzi trained for four years at the Nutmeg Ballet in Torrington, Connecticut with Sharon Dante, Joan Kunsch, Eleanor D’Antuono, Alexei Tchernichov, and Kevin Martin. After attending the 1997 summer session at the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet, Mr. Suozzi was invited to continue his studies in the SAB winter session as a scholarship student. At SAB, he studied with Stanley Williams, Andrei Kramarevsky, Peter Boal, Jock Soto, and Susan Pilarre, among other SAB teachers. Mr. Suozzi was invited to become an apprentice with New York City Ballet in April 1999 and joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in February 2000. In May 2007, Mr. Suozzi was promoted to soloist.

Artistic Director, Lisa Sanborn, is excited to announce that New Haven Ballet will perform on the Branford Green, Saturday, June 29, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. This performance is FREE and open to the public!

The performance will include:

The Sleeping Beauty

The Sleeping Beauty ballet was adapted from the 1697 Charles Perrault tale, “The Sleeping Beauty in the Wood.” Tchaikovsky wrote the music and long time collaborator, Marius Petipa, choreographed the dances. It was first presented at the Mariinksy Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia, on January 15, 1890. While received favorably, especially when compared with Tchaikovsky’s first ballet, Swan Lake, it was not a resounding success. Today these dances have grown measurably in popularity and are performed by leading ballet companies around the world.

New Haven Ballet Company will perform The Sleeping Beauty Prologue: The Christening, in which the Fairies of the kingdom have been invited to be present at the christening of Princess Aurora. Each of the fairies bestows on the princess a special gift by way of a dance.

Peter Rabbit

New Haven Ballet premiered Artistic Director Lisa Sanborn’s all-new children’s ballet, Peter Rabbit, at the Shubert Theatre New Haven on May 18, 2019. This charming children’s ballet brings to life the delightful characters from Beatrix Potter’s beloved stories of Peter Rabbit. You will meet Peter, a young bunny who forages for vegetables in Mr. McGregor’s garden (much to Mr. McGregor’s dismay), and makes friends with Miss Potter (Mr. McGregor’s lovely neighbor), in addition to many forest dwellers. After Mr. McGregor suffers an injury, he has a vision in which Peter befriends and guides him home with the help of forest animals.

Attention NHB Performers:  

Branford Green Rehearsal Sched. Week of 6/18/19 

Branford Green Rehearsal Sched. Week of 6/24/19 

Summer Ballet
Ages 3-8 years
For those completing 3K Pre-kindergarten, our 1st Steps class presents a joyful introduction to the art of ballet and dance. For those completing 4K Pre-kindergarten and KindergartenCreative Ballet promotes the development of a child’s natural creativity with focus on motor skill development and musical awareness. For those completing 1st and 2nd gradesPre-Ballet and Primaryoffer an introduction of more formal classical ballet training, using age appropriate ballet vocabulary and movement.Widely regarded as the standard for classical ballet training throughout the Greater New Haven Region, New Haven Ballet offers an opportunity for our youngest students to develop and refine cognitive and creative skills during the summer. Whether you attend NHB year round or simply wish to visit NHB welcomes and is thrilled to have you!
Photo: Thomas Giroir Photography (c) 2019

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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