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October 2015

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Message from the Artistic Director

The majestic colors of fall are evident throughout and we at NHB are settling into the rhythm of the year. We have had the honor of hosting some incredible guest master teachers, as well as attend wondrous performances. The students are beginning to make progress in mastering their Nutcracker choreography and excitement is building as we finalize some marvelous details about who will be performing with us, including musicians, singers, and professional guest artists. Nutcracker tickets go on sale October 19 and we encourage you to purchase your tickets early. The best seats tend to sell out fast!

We are thrilled to have you join us as we continue to enjoy this wonderful season.

My very best wishes,

Lisa Sanborn
Artistic Director
New Haven Ballet
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Former DTH Dancer offers Master Classes

Former Dance Theatre of Harlem dancer, Fredrick Davis, taught several master classes to NHB Level 4-8 students on September 26. Mr. Davis performed last May as a guest artist for NHB's DanceAIR Outreach Performance and is the subject of a new documentary chronicling his life and career:

Photo: Rachel Neville Photography
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NHB takes NYC!

NHB students participated in a technique class taught by NYCB Soloist, Antonio Carmena. And,  NYCB Principal, Ask la Cour, warmly greeted and provided NHB students with a private tour of the theater, stage and backstage area. T he students also watched, enthralled as the cast of Swan Lake , including: Tyler Angle, Sara Mearns, Megan Fairchild, Tiler Peck, and many other NYCB members dazzled with their spectacular dancing.  Pictured: NHB students and faculty on stage, David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center. Read more ...
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Emily Coates

Emily Coates taught a master class and gave a talk on September 24, in which she spoke to students about topics ranging from pointe shoes and studying at the School of Am erican Ballet, to becoming a professional dancer, working with Mikhail Baryshnikov, Twyla Tharp, and Yvonne Rainer, as well as her decision to attend Yale University, where Ms. Coates is currently  serving as the Director of Dance Studies Curriculum, Assistant Professor Adjunct of Theater Studies, Assistant Professor Adjunct of Directing at Yale University/Yale School of Drama.
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New Branford Studios

NHB's new studios in Branford are beautiful. Please stop by if you have not already had a chance to do so. Pictured are: NHB students at the grand opening with Artistic Director, Lisa Sanborn, as well as State Representative Sean Scanlon and Senator Ted Kennedy. 

There was a wonderful feature on the Shoreline page of the New Haven Register:  Branford Studio Article  

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Uliana Lopatkina Performs at Yale

NHB Students enjoyed a real treat on October 14, when Ukrainian prima ballerina, Uliana Lopatkina, performed at Yale. 

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The Nutcracker 

Save the Date: The Nutcracker will once again be presented at the Shubert Theater December 18-20, 2015. This year's Nutcracker promises to be more spectacular than ever, featuring new sets, costumes, and guest artists!

Tickets on Sale: October 19. Go to for more information.

Nutcracker DVD Orders: DVD Order Form

Program Ad: If you would like to place an ad for you business or know of a business that may be interested in advertising in The Nutcracker Program Book, please download and return the form: 

Would your child's school like to attend The Nutcracker Children's Matinee on Friday, December 18, at 10 am? Please contact: for more information.  

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Adult Open Division

NHB added a new Adult Open Division class taught by Marc Spielberger -- Sundays, 10-11:30 a.m., Danspace (70 Audubon Street, New Haven).

And, there are now two (2) Beginning Adult Open Division classes taught by Heidi Yu -- Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:45-8:15 p.m., Whitney (591 Whitney Avenue, New Haven).

For more  information  call 203-782-9038 or email:
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NHB Receives Grants

Congratulations, NHB! We wish to thank the State of Connecticut, Department of Economic Development, for awarding NHB an $8,002 "Supporting Arts in Place" grant.

 And, thank you to the UIL Holdings, Corp. for awarding NHB a $1,000 general operating grant.              
We greatly appreciate your generous support!
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New Haven Ballet, Inc.
70 Audubon Street
New Haven, CT 06510
Tel. 203.782.9038