November/December 2017
The Nutcracker

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Message from the Artistic Director

Dear NHB Friends and Families,

As we take time to reflect this time of year, I wish to express my sincere gratitude to you. I am grateful for the NHB community, which brings so much vibrancy, caring, talent, and love to my life and each other.  I also feel proud and wish to extend a special thank you for the generous  support so many of you have provided to NHB's Annual Fund .

As you know, it is Nutcracker season. And, The Nutcracker  is looking spectacular!  Each year gets better and better; this year is no exception.   I applaud how each and every dancer is working hard to learn choreography and entice the audience with their enchanting dancing. 

We perform at the Shubert Theater on December 16-17. I look forward to sharing the wonderful things on which we have been working.

Wishing you all peace and prosperity and a wonderful holiday season!

My very best wishes,
Lisa Sanborn
Artistic Director

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NHB on Television

WTNH's Anne Craig visited our Danspace studios at 70 Audubon Street in New Haven during Nutcracker rehearsals and spoke with with NHB students.  The segment will air November 30 on WTNH News 8. Be sure to tune in to the 6:00 p.m. news!   

Also on November 30, NHB's Party Scene will perform on the New Haven Green as part of the tree lighting ceremony. Don't miss NHB on NBC Connecticut News 30's evening news as well!

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Nutcracker DVDs

The perfect way to preserve the memories and have them to enjoy for years to come -- relive the magic of The Nutcracker again and again -- is to purchase a Nutcracker DVD.

Nutcracker DVDs are only available for a short time. Orders must be placed by January 19, 2017. Late orders cannot be processed.

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I-95/I-91 Billboards

Keep your eyes peeled on I-95 and I-91 around New Haven! NHB will have electronic billboards rotating around the Elm City's highway corridor leading up to our  Nutcracker performances. This week you will find NHB's billboard on I-95 heading North towards New Haven at the Kimberly Avenue Exit.

Please help us spread the word. If you know of a great place to post a Nutcracker flyer, please come into the NHB office and pick one up. We appreciate your help!

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Giving Tuesday

Occurring this year on November 28, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (in the US) to kick off the holiday giving season and inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities.

NHB a non-profit 501(C)3 organization dedicated to providing the highest caliber professional ballet instruction for children  and adults throughout the Greater New Haven region.
From providing free ballet training to New Haven Public School children, to needs based scholarships and free performance tickets to the underserved and families affected by cancer or other serious illnesses, and classes for special needs students, NHB serves the arts community. The superior training at NHB can prepare students for professional careers in dance and many are offered opportunities to study at top pre-professional programs, including: School of American Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Miami City Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Boston Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, and many others. Still, every child in the school is given their special moment and encouraged to participate and perform. Our efforts to celebrate a diverse student population supports correcting preconceived assumptions about ballet because -- as we demonstrate each and every day -- ballet is for everyone.

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NHB News

Join us at Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets on Saturday, November 25, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. in front of the Abercrombie & Fitch store! Meet Clara and the Nutcracker Prince and purchase  Kurt Adler Nutcrackers at sale prices, while getting a head start on holiday shopping!

Thank you, Wendy Whelan, Emily Coates and Yale University, for  allowing six lucky NHB students the opportunity to take class and view Ms. Whelan's new movie, Restless Creature!

We wish to welcome new faculty member, Alejandro Ulloa! Mr. Ulloa will be teaching  Levels 1, 2 and 3 at the Whitney Avenue studio in New Haven on Saturdays.

Thank you Dancer's Price Boutique of Bridgeport for co-hosting a dancewear trunk sale and those who came out to purchase sale merchandise -- 10% of sales benefitted NHB! 

Thank you Chef's Emporium in Orange for hosting Nutcracker themed cooking classes with 100% of proceeds being donated to support NHB!
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The Nutcracker 

The Nutcracker will once again be presented at the Shubert Theater, December 16-17, 2017. This year's  Nutcracker promises to be more spectacular than ever, featuring new choreography, props, costumes, and featuring ballet stars: Simone Messmer, Stephen Hanna, and Jeremy Cox!

Tickets on Sale Now: Tickets
Excellent seats still available

Nutcracker DVD Orders: DVD Order Form

Please note: NHB's Nutcracker Children's Matinee on Friday, December 15, at 10 am, is almost sold out  


We have learned that certain ticket aggregators are selling tickets to New Haven Ballet's The Nutcracker at significantly higher prices. These aggregators are listed when purchasers perform online searches. Once purchasers realize they have paid too much no portion is refundable. These vendors are not affiliated in any way with New Haven Ballet or the Shubert Theater.

To guarantee you receive the lowest prices for tickets visit the Shubert Theater or NHB's website.

If you have any questions please call NHB's Office: 203-782-9038.

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  • November 22-25:  Thanksgiving Vacation
  • November 25-26:  Open Division Ballet Classes  10:00 to 11:30 a.m., Danspace, 12+years
  • November 25: Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets
  • November 26: Nutcracker Rehearsal
  • December 16-17: The Nutcracker, Shubert Theater
  • December 18-January 1: Winter Recess. NO CLASSES
  • January 2: Classes resume
  • January 12: NHB Company Auditions. Level 5-8
  • January 15: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. NO CLASSES
  • January 22: First day of Spring Term

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Make a Gift

For those who donated, we greatly appreciate your generosity. 
If you have not yet donated, please consider supporting NHB. 
The magic you make will touch lives all around you!

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