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Damien Johnson will offer virtual classes to NHB students on the second Monday of each month

NHB Zoom Class: Levels 5-8

Starting: Monday, January 11, 2021

4:00-5:45 p.m. 


For Zoom Link Contact: Administrator@newhavenballet.org

Damien Johnson is originally from Dallas, Texas. He received his early dance training from Kitty Carter, Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, and The Etkin-Atkinson School of Ballet. Johnson went on to study at The Rock School and The School of American Ballet, the official school of The New York City Ballet.

As a professional dancer, Johnson has been a member of American Repertory Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem, New Chamber Ballet, Los Angeles Ballet, and London based Ballet Black where he was a principal dancer for 10 seasons. Since returning to the states in 2017, Johnson has performed with Madison Ballet, The Ashley Bouder Project, and The Suzanne Farrell Ballet.

Johnson is a sought-after teacher who is certified in the American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum in Pre-Primary-Level 3 as well as classical Pilates through Power Pilates. He has also served as a National Visiting Fellow with the School of American Ballet and taught for many companies and dance institutions including The Central School of Ballet, Rambert School, Bermuda Civic Ballet, Lake Tahoe Dance Collective, Ballet Black, and Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures.

New Haven Ballet Company auditions will occur January 30, 2021. New Haven Ballet students in levels 5-8 are eligible to audition.

The purpose of the New Haven Ballet Company is to provide intermediate and advanced level students with enhanced training through performance opportunities. In recent years, New Haven Ballet Company has worked with professional teachers, choreographers and dancers from companies such as School of American Ballet, New York City Ballet, Boston Ballet, and Miami City Ballet, as well as performed highly acclaimed work, including Giselle, Le Corsaire, Paquita, and Swan Lake.  The Company’s eclectic repertoire includes classical ballet, neo-classical ballet, modern, contemporary, and other dance forms. Students audition in January and rehearse on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The Company performs at the school’s spring performance as well as many prestigious festivals.

This year, New Haven Ballet’s spring 2021 performance will occur virtually through a professionally curated film, which will be shared at no charge so that friends and family may view the program.

*A minimum ballet class attendance and an audition is required to participate. Students must be register to audition.

For more information contact: administrator@newhavenballet.org or Tel. 203-782-9038

Photo: Kelsey Paff Photography (c) 2021

New Haven Ballet is offering a free trial class to new students ages 5-18 years through January 2021. Space is limited and classes fill quickly. Studio and Virtual class offerings are available. Studio class participation requires adherence to Studio COVID-19 protocols and winter travel/visitor restrictions, as prescribed by our COVID-19 Task Force. For more information, and to register and reserve your spot Contact: administrator@newhavenballet.org or Tel. 203-782-9038.

New Haven Ballet Level 1 students at the barre
Photo: Kelsey Paff Photography (c) 2021


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.