New Haven Ballet

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About New Haven Ballet

New Haven Ballet is the premiere school for classical ballet training throughout Greater New Haven, providing the highest caliber professional classical ballet training and dance education in southern Connecticut for over thirty years. As one of New Haven’s major arts organizations, New Haven Ballet plays a vital role in the community through outreach and school programs, a student performance ensemble, and collaborations with artists within the community and beyond. New Haven Ballet students have been accepted to prestigious ballet summer intensive programs, including: School of American Ballet, Boston Ballet, Chautauqua Institute, The Rock School, Pennsylvania Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, and many others. Students have also been offered professional trainee positions and enjoyed professional careers in dance.

In addition to New Haven Ballet’s annual production of The Nutcracker, the Company has a vast classical repertoire, including excerpts from Sleeping Beauty, La Sylphide, Raymonda, La Bayadère, Giselle, Le Corsaire, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, and Paquita. Artistic Director Lisa Kim Sanborn has also choreographed several full-length children’s ballets, including Beauty and the Beast, which premiered at the historic Shubert Theatre in 2018, Peter Rabbit in 2019, and a children’s version of Don Quixote in 2022, and Coppélia in 2023. Neo-classical ballets include former New York City Ballet’s Tom Gold’s Bach Suite, Symphonic Nonsense, and Joplin Suite.

New Haven Ballet presents free community performances and regularly performs at festivals, including the Q House, Branford Festival, and the International Festival of Arts and Ideas.