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November 2015

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Rosalie O'Connor (c)2015
Michael Marsland (c)2015
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Special Request from the Artistic Director

I am writing to you about a challenge--both the challenge our New Haven Ballet (NHB) students meet every day in pursuit of their dreams and a challenge to us, as their greater NHB family, to support them in those dreams.

From the moment a boy takes his first ballet class he may dream of one day performing as a bold pirate or a handsome prince; from the moment a girl puts on her first pair of ballet slippers she may dream of shimmering across the stage in pointe shoes and a tutu. Perhaps even more than the shoes, the tutu is the symbol of classical ballet, and the girls who wear it have earned the right to call themselves ballerinas.

But tutus and pirate costumes are not dress-up clothes; they are work clothes, and NHB students work hard for the right to wear them. We are proud of every child who has risen to the challenge and earned their tutu or costume. And, we are proud of the professional quality of the costumes we use in our productions. But these costumes cost thousands of dollars, and they are fragile; a costume can be used for only a few years before it needs to be replaced. This year, 209 NHB students will perform onstage in The Nutcracker, while our advanced Ensemble will perform many times throughout the year. That's a lot of tutus!

In response to our need, the Jedziniak-Mellitz Family and the L6 Foundation have teamed together to offer another challenge--a challenge not to the dancers but to all of us who have watched them learn and cheered their performances--by agreeing to match every dollar up to $5,000 if we can reach that amount by  November 30 . This means that each dollar donated is really two dollars; a ten-dollar donation becomes twenty; a fifty-dollar donation becomes one hundred. You can see how quickly the numbers add up. As I write this, we are very close to our goal. If each family in the greater NHB family pitches in, for whatever amount, we'll reach it. If you have not yet done so, please consider making a donation to help us give our dancers the costumes they have worked so hard for. They are meeting their challenge; let's meet ours.

With thanks and wishing you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday,
Lisa Sanborn
Artistic Director

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NHB Guest Artist, Simone Messmer, on December Dance Magazine Cover

NHB is thrilled to announce that Miami City Ballet principal,  Simone Messmer , will reprise her role as the Sugar Plum Fairy in NHB's 2015 production of  The Nutcracker . Miami City Ballet principal,  Rainer Krenstetter , will perform as the Cavalier. Former Miami City Ballet principal and current NHB Faculty member,  Jeremy Cox , will perform the role of Snow King.

Don't miss Ms. Messmer on the cover of December's Dance Magazine!
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New Nutcracker Act I Sets

Sneak Peek: New Act 1 Party Scene drops are well on their way to being completed in time for our performances next month! Set designer: Martin Marcchito. Set painters:  Scenic Art Studios

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New Haven Living Magazine

New Haven Living Magazine's October issue featured NHB's Company dancers performing at the Dancin' in the Streets event on the New Haven Green in July 2015.
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NHB to Perform at City Tree Lighting & Winter Carnival

Join the City of New Haven and Peoples United Bank on  Thursday, December 1 for the City's annual tradition held on downtown's historic  New Haven Green from 4-8pm.

The event is the City's traditional kick-off to the holiday season and is free for the entire family. Enjoy a host of family oriented activities including live musical performances, carousel rides, holiday crafts, horse drawn carriage rides, hay maze, and more! Take a photo with Rudolph, Olaf or other costumed characters and visit with Santa (sponsored by Yale New Haven Children's Hospital). NHB performs the "March" from the Nutcracker Party Scene at 7:30 p.m. 

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Other News

  • NHB's Branford Studios now feature a wonderful light box, which will showcase the school's latest programs and performances. 
  • Tune in to WQUN Radio Station, AM 1220, on Monday, November 23, between 6-10 a.m., and Wednesday, December 2, at 5:40 p.m. to hear NHB's Ruth Barker being interviewed!
  • NHB will be closed for Thanksgiving Recess from Wednesday-Sunday, November 25-29.

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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 Now. Good seats still available: Tickets

Nutcracker DVD Orders: DVD Order Form

Program Ad: If you would like to place an ad for your business or know of a business that may be interested in advertising in The Nutcracker Program Book, please download and return the form before November 30 Nutcracker Program Ad

Please note NHB's Nutcracker Children's Matinee on Friday, December 18, at 10 am, is sold out.   

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