New Haven Ballet Herald
Keeping Families Informed
November 13, 2013





Dear Parents, Students, Faculty, Staff, Performers, and Volunteers,


We are excited that New Haven Ballet (NHB) will once more be performing The Nutcracker at the prestigious Shubert Theater this year. Everyone has been working hard in rehearsals to master exciting new choreography and help bring The Nutcracker to life. This year's production will feature over 240 dancers. And we are thrilled to be performing with the New Haven Ballet Orchestra, under the direction of conductor Richard Gard, as well as with New York City Ballet Principal dancer Maria Kowroski and former Principal dancer Charles Askegard as the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier. As in past years, this performance is made possible thanks to the generous contributions from you, our many NHB families, patrons, and area businesses.


Thank you to those who have dedicated time and energy to the production. Together, we can light up the lives of so many with this holiday classic. We look forward to seeing you all at the Shubert Theater December 13-15, 2013, for NHB's production of The Nutcracker!


Sincerely yours,

Lisa Sanborn                                                                                                  

Interim Artistic Director

New Haven Ballet   


Faculty Highlight: Emily Adams


Please meet one of NHB's newest faculty members, Emily SoRelle Adams. Ms. Adams began her formal dance training at the Kirov Academy in Washington D.C, and went on to study at the Baltimore School for the Arts, the Washington School of Ballet and the Rock School of Pennsylvania Ballet. She attended Southern Methodist University-Meadows School for the Arts in Dallas, Texas, working towards her BFA in Dance Performance before dancing professionally with both Ballet Austin and The Washington Ballet. In 2004 Ms. Adams moved to NYC as a freelance artist and spent the next several years performing soloist and principal roles with companies including the New Chamber Ballet, Connecticut Ballet and Rebecca Kelly Ballet. She also performed at the Metropolitan Opera in Christopher Wheeldon's original choreography in La Giaconda, as well as in the stage and cinema debut of Robert Lepage's production of La Damnation de Faust. Ms. Adams has taught students of all ages and levels throughout NYC area dance schools for over 8 years. Most recently she completed a year long Foundations for Dance Education course at the Dance Education Laboratory-92nd Street Y in NYC. She is also an enthusiastic Pilates instructor, who loves bringing her students a healthy, balanced approach to their dance technique. Ms. Adams currently teaches Creative Ballet 1 and Primary Ballet, in addition to Ballet Technique and Pointe to Levels 4, 5 and 6.


Special Guest Teachers
Tom Gold, Lisa Sanborn and NHB students

In addition to our wonderfully talented faculty, this fall NHB guest master teachers include:

Emily Coates, former soloist NYCB and director of dance studies curriculum Yale University

Jeremy Cox, Principal Miami City Ballet and NHB Alum

Tom Gold, founder Tom Gold Dance and former soloist NYCB

Joan Kunsch, Associate Director of Nutmeg Conservatory of the Arts

Joanne Whitehill, Burklyn Ballet Theater Artistic Director

We are honored to host such highly regarded guest teachers and wish to extend warm gratitude to each one. It is an incredible learning opportunity for our students!

Volunteers Needed

If you have an interest, talent, or expertise to share, we invite you to consider joining our dedicated group of NHB volunteers.

Each volunteer plays a vital part in our continuing success, and we are seeking enthusiastic individuals who might be interested in assisting with Nutcracker or other NHB projects. If you have sewing, crafting, or carpentry skills, or if you would like to assist backstage, please sign up on the bulletin boards located at 70 Audubon Street, New Haven, or 200 Village Walk, Guilford, or contact NHB Office Manager, 

Adult Classes:  Modern Dance & Pilates 

NHB offers classes for adults too -- and, not just ballet!

In New Haven: Monday and Wednesday mornings from 9:30-10:45 a.m., please join Gail Corbin, a leading exponent in the technique and repertory of Doris Humphrey and Charles Weidman, for an intermediate modern dance class. Adults of all ages are encouraged to attend.


On the Shoreline: Monday and Wednesday mornings from 9:30-10:30 a.m., Hillary Kennedy offers a Pilates class. All are welcome to participate in a class of exercises designed to improve physical strength, flexibility, posture, and enhance mental awareness.


For information about these and other drop-in adult classes, please go to NHB's website: NHB offers ballet, Pilates and modern dance to beginners through experienced adults, aged 16+. Classes are offered in the mornings and evenings in our New Haven and Shoreline locations. Please join us! 

Nutcracker Program Advertisements Due: November 14th!


It is not too late to submit advertisements for
The Nutcracker program book. Program advertising
forms and specifications are posted on NHB's website: Or, feel free to call NHB
Office Manager, Ruth Barker, at 203-782-9038 (email: for more information.

In addition, we invite you to put up posters in your respective communities. Posters will be available
within the next week.

The more widely the production is advertised, the more interest there will be in the community, and the larger the audience.

NHB Holiday Schedule
� Rosalie O'Connor 2013

NHB will be Closed for Thanksgiving Break: 
November 27, 2013 to 
December 1, 2013

NHB will be Closed for
Nutcracker Production Week and the Winter Break:
December 10, 2013 to
January 1, 2014.

Your shopping dollars can be even more meaningful this holiday season! 

If you shop online, please go to 
where you can choose your favorite charity to receive 1/2 a percent (.5%) for every dollar spent. 

This information is provided courtesy of
New Haven Ballet.