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September 2016

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 Thomas Giroir (c) 2016
Mike Franzman (c) 2016
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Dear New Haven Ballet Friends and Families, 

The fall is upon us, and it's time to dance. To all our new students,  Welcome. To all our returning students,  Welcome back. An exciting year is ahead of us all.
You'll see some new faces this fall, as many new students have enrolled in classes. Patricia Seto-Weiss and Talia Vendetto have joined our superb faculty in both the New Haven and Branford studios. We have also lined up master classes with teachers from world-class pre-professional schools. I am particularly proud to announce that  Christopher DeNofrio has accepted the position of Director of the Children's Division of New Haven Ballet. Before joining the NHB faculty in 2014 Mr. DeNofrio performed in a variety of principal roles and was Associate Director of Louisville Ballet. He will bring experience and vision to our Branford location and Children's Division. 
If it's fall, it must be  Nutcracker time. This year, we'll once more be performing our traditional holiday classic at the Shubert Theater with the New Haven Ballet Orchestra December 9-11.  Auditions will be held on September 17-18. Whether you're a Mouse or a Snowflake, a Party Child or in the Spanish Hot Chocolate corps, dancing in  The Nutcracker is an experience that you'll treasure for a lifetime.
So start stretching and get ready to jump into a fall of fun and challenge with New Haven Ballet.  Registration is open. We look forward to seeing you in class!

Yours sincerely,

Lisa Sanborn
Artistic Director 
New Haven Ballet

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The Nutcracker 

Nutcracker  auditions  are around the corner. Auditions will be held Saturday and Sunday,  September 17-18, 2016 .

Students must be registered for fall classes and in good standing. Creative Ballet 2 through Level 8 students (aged 5-19 years) are invited to audition on September 17 and 18. 

Save the Date: The Nutcracker will once again be performed at the Shubert Theater December 9-11, 2016. This year's Nutcracker promises to be more spectacular than ever!
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Branford Studio - Free Class for New Students 

With the appointment of distinguished teacher, Christopher DeNofrio, as the new NHB Children's Division Director, we are excited to see some changes in the Branford Studios.

NHB will be extending its offer to allow new students aged 3-12 years a free trial class in Branford through September

And, we are adding an Open Division class to the schedule on Thursdays in Branford, 6-7:30 p.m. 

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Pointe Shoe Sewing Workshop

Thank you to the faculty, students and families who made the pointe shoe 
sewing workshop on September 10 so successful! The students in Level 4 
had an opportunity  to learn first hand from experienced Level 7s and 8s 
how to prepare their  first pairs of pointe shoes. NHB's wonderful faculty 
were on hand to oversee  fittings and assist with resolving any issues. 

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Jenna Lavin (Crabtree) Offers Master Classes

NHB is honored to host Jenna Lavin (Crabtree) on September 26!

Upon graduating from the School of American Ballet, Ms. Lavin was 
invited by Maria Tallchief to perform at age 17 with Chicago City Ballet. 
She enjoyed an illustrious career and performed principal roles in 
ballets by Balanchine, Bonnefoux and Clifford.

Currently, Ms. Lavin is a faculty member working in the pre-professional division at Ballet  Academy East in NYC.  Ms. Lavin will be offering master classes to NHB students in Levels 5-8.

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Noble Barker Scholarship Award

Artistic Director, Lisa Sanborn, is thrilled to announce  that Stephanie Persiani has been awarded the 2016-2017  Noble Barker Scholarship. 

The Noble Barker Scholarship is a full tuition scholarship awarded to a deserving high school senior who demonstrates tremendous dedication to studying classical ballet at NHB, exhibits the highest moral and ethical standards, is kind, courteous and gracious inside and outside the classroom, and displays significant improvement over the course of the prior year at NHB. Congratulations, Stephanie!

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Spring Performance Photos & DVDs

Spring Performance 2016 DVDs are ready for pick up! 

New Haven families may pick up their DVDs in New Haven. 

Branford Studio families may pick up their DVDs in Branford.

Spring Performance Photos are still available:  Spring Performance Photos (Call the NHB Office for password).

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Alumni Update & Open Division Classes

Find out about what NHB alumni, Stephanie Weady, has been up to since graduating:

Classes are held in NHB's Open Division on a drop-in basis to students aged 12+ years. New classes have been added this fall!

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Fall Registration

Fall registration is open and classes are filling quickly. Children's Division classes are capped at 12 students per class and wait lists have formed for those that have reached capacity. You must be registered to participate in The Nutcracker.

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2016 Fall Calendar

September 17-18 - Nutcracker Auditions

October 3 - Rosh Hashanah: No Classes
October 12 - Yom Kippur: No Classes
October 17-22 - Parent Observation Week

November 23-26 - Thanksgiving Recess 
(Nutcracker rehearsals held Nov. 26-27)

December 3-8 - Nutcracker Tech & Dress Rehearsals (Mandatory)
December 9-11 - Nutcracker Performances: Shubert Theater, New Haven
December 19-31 - Winter Recess

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