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NEW HAVEN, CT, March 20, 2024 – Besides New Haven Ballet’s illustrious summer intensive for serious students at Choate Rosemary Hall, the school has announced summer offerings for beginning through advanced level students. Providing excellent local classical ballet training through two sessions, New Haven Ballet can assist students with preparing for other ballet summer programs and provide continued training for those who wish to improve for the upcoming Fall or Nutcracker seasons. Classes are offered in the late afternoons and evenings during the week and on Saturdays to students ages 3-19 years to allow students maximum flexibility to enjoy summer activities and still train at a high level.

Session I offers classes May 28-June 22, 2024.

Session II offers classes June 23-July 20, 2024.

Offered in two sessions, summer classes allow students ages 3-19 years to initiate or continue ballet training. For young students, the Children’s Division offers classes like “First Steps,” a wonderful introduction to the joy of movement for children completing 3K preschool. For those completing 4K Pre-kindergarten and Kindergarten, Creative Ballet promotes the development of a child’s natural creativity with a focus on motor skill development and musical awareness. For those finishing 1st and 2nd grades, Pre-Ballet and Primary offer an introduction to more formalized classical ballet training, using age-appropriate ballet vocabulary and movement. Registering for New Haven Ballet’s Children’s Division classes requires no placement class.

Older students will enjoy more rigorous classical ballet training in New Haven Ballet’s Student Division. In Levels 1, 2, and 3, students perfect their primary vocabulary and steps. Introductory pointe is offered to students with the Artistic Director’s recommendation and earned promotion to Level 4. Beginning, Intermediate and advanced pointe classes are offered, in addition to intermediate and advanced technique for students completing Levels 4 and 5. For more advanced students, repertory and conditioning allow dancers to emphasize developing individual artistry, improving technical skills, and building strength and flexibility. New students must take a placement class.


As the standard for classical ballet training throughout Greater New Haven, New Haven Ballet also offers serious, advanced-level students an opportunity to improve their technical skills and artistry through a premiere summer ballet intensive experience. During the Choate Residency, dancers train daily in a pre-professional classical ballet curriculum, supplemented with Pilates, conditioning and stretch, pointe, partnering, and repertory classes. Students achieve marked improvement in strength, flexibility, artistry, and technical ability, readying them for their upcoming season. New Haven Ballet’s Choate Rosemary Hall Summer Intensive is a sleep-away camp for students ages 11+ years and is offered July 28-August 9, 2024. The program culminates in a performance at the Paul Mellon Arts Center in Wallingford. Space is limited, and an audition is required for admittance.


New Haven Ballet Artistic Director Lisa Kim Sanborn notes, “New Haven Ballet offers students an opportunity to work with phenomenal professional faculty, comprised of highly experienced teachers and professional dancers. This enables students to reach their full potential. We are thrilled to work with new students and return them to their respective schools feeling confident and strong!”


Teen and adult open classes are offered through the summer on a drop in basis.


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