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New Haven Ballet is thrilled to announce the appointment of Elizabeth McMillan as our new Associate Principal for the Shoreline Studio Guilford.

McMillan began her ballet training at the age of nine with the Alabama Dance Theater in  Montgomery. As a scholarship student she attended summer workshops with the Joffrey Ballet in  New York, Houston Ballet, and Ballet Magnificat in Jackson, Miss.

At the age of thirteen, she was accepted into  Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy in the  Pre-Professional Division and later was accepted at Houston’s High School for the Performing  and Visual Arts. After two years McMillan was promoted to the Professional Division of the  Stevenson Academy and placed on a full merit scholarship.

In 2000, she joined Ballet Magnificat, touring nationally and internationally with the main company for seven years. In 2006, she accepted a position as Adjunct Professor of Dance at Belhaven University; two years later she was promoted to the full-time faculty position of Specialty Instructor of Dance. Most recently Betsy served on the faculty of the Ben Stevenson Academy and the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, and as Ballet Mistress for both Houston Metropolitan Dance Company and Ad Deum Dance Company in Houston.

McMillan joins New Haven Ballet for the 2011-2012 school year with her husband, William, as he settles into New Haven for his PhD in Sociology at Yale.


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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