New Haven Ballet
70 Audubon St
New Haven CT 06510
Contact Information
Address 70 Audubon St
New Haven, CT 06510-
Telephone (203) 782-9038 x
Fax 203-785-0088
E-mail administrator@newhavenballet.org
Web and Social Media
Mission

New Haven Ballet’s mission is to demonstrate and use the power of dance to change the life of every person in the community through education, performance, physical exercise, artistic aspiration, personal development, and social interaction to the fullest of their potential. 

At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 1987
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Lisa Sanborn
Board Chair Jeremy Mellitz
Board Chair Company Affiliation Withers Bergman LLP
Financial Summary
 
Projected Revenue $860,000.00
Projected Expenses $840,000.00
Statements
Mission

New Haven Ballet’s mission is to demonstrate and use the power of dance to change the life of every person in the community through education, performance, physical exercise, artistic aspiration, personal development, and social interaction to the fullest of their potential. 

Background

The highly acclaimed New Haven Ballet (NHB) began in the basement of St. Paul's church in the fall of 1985, under founding Artistic Director Noble Barker. Since then NHB has firmly established itself in the Greater New Haven and shoreline arts communities, with studios in New Haven and Branford, and highly trained faculty that support students aspiring to professional dance careers, as well as those studying ballet for recreational purposes. In addition, the school has become a major arts organization, playing a vital role in the community through outreach and school programs, a student performance ensemble, and collaborations with artists within the community and beyond. In recent years, despite the sluggish economy, the school’s enrollment has remained steady and even increased. The NHB’s annual The Nutcracker, performed at the historic Shubert Theater with guest stars from world-class ballet companies, has become a New Haven holiday tradition.

As the school grew under Barker and his successors, so did NHB’s goals. In addition to The Nutcracker, NHB has two other full-length ballets in its repertory–Coppélia (premiered 1994) and Snow Queen (1997–98), which was created in collaboration with composer Susan Bingham. In a 1997 coup for NHB, the George Balanchine Trust awarded the school rights to perform Donizetti Variations, an opportunity given only to schools of the highest caliber. NHB also performs annually at New Haven’s prestigious International Festival of Arts and Ideas.
 
In 2013, Lisa Sanborn, a distinguished teacher and dancer, was named the NHB’s Artistic Director. Under Ms. Sanborn, NHB is poised to continue the legacy begun over 30 years ago and to meet the challenges that come with success: presenting one of the finest regional The Nutcracker productions with full orchestra, maintaining a topnotch dance program that supports students at all levels, and continuing to develop community ties within Greater New Haven and southern Connecticut. Ms. Sanborn and NHB have a strong commitment to ensuring that the joy of dance reaches everyone in the community.
 
From its inception, NHB has sponsored outreach and education programs, including a dance residency program for students in inner-city elementary schools; Shared Ability, which brings dance and performance opportunities to differently-abled students; school demonstrations and performances at assisted living and senior centers; and needs-based scholarships.

Impact
The New Haven Ballet (NHB) ended its 2015 season by offering a full-length performance of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker at the historic Shubert Theater in downtown New Haven. An annual holiday tradition, The Nutcracker featured over 200 NHB students of all levels and guest artists from the Miami City Ballet. Through the generosity of donors, this year’s performance featured new first act sets and costumes. In addition, a matinee performance was offered to area school children and was seen by 946 area students.
  
The New Haven Ballet School provides the highest caliber classical ballet training and dance education to over 400 students in our Children’s Division (ages 3-7), Student Open Division (ages 8 – 19) and Adult Drop-in Classes (age 12+). In addition, through our DanceAIR program we are able to offer the same training curriculum to underprivileged students in 4 New Haven public schools, who are also eligible for scholarships and financial aid for additional training at the NHB School. NHB is committed to helping students reach their full potential whether they plan a professional career in dance or dance recreationally. The life skills acquired by students can take them far beyond the studio and stage and help them succeed in every area of life.
 
NHB hosts the acclaimed Shared Ability dance program for disabled children, partners with area school systems to bring the world of dance to underprivileged children and under-served communities, and has collaborated with world class organizations including the International Festival of Arts and Ideas, New Haven Symphony Orchestra, Wallingford Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra New England and Yale Repertory Theatre.
 
In 2016, the NHB is committed to continuing all of the activities described above, and expanding and enhancing them within the limits of staffing and budget.  
Needs
New Haven Ballet's music budget exceeds $50,000 per year, which includes funding for a live orchestra for The Nutcracker.  
 
The DanceAIR outreach program benefits school children from low-income areas.  It targets health, artistic and social well-being through 6 weeks of classical dance training and assemblies on healthy food choices.  Funding is from grants and donations.
 
The Nutcracker costumes and sets require refurbishment. Funding for commercial quality costumes and sets comes entirely from donations as ticket sales, sponsorships and program advertising are used for production expenses.
 
NHB would like to hire professional guest artists and stage full-length productions, such as Serenade and A Midsummer's Night Dream, for a spring production that would greatly enhance the artistic offerings in New Haven.  Production budgets run in excess of $250,000.  Some funding comes from ticket sales and the balance from donations and sponsorships.
 
Scholarship requests for talented students, including DanceAIR students, have been on the rise for the last three years and this trend is expected to continue.  Annual scholarships are in excess of $81,000 and funds come from a combination of NHB School revenue and donations.
CEO Statement

"New Haven Ballet (NHB), a non profit 501c3 community-based ballet organization, is the preeminent classical ballet school in the greater New Haven area. NHB offers classes to the New Haven community in ballet as well as other genres, is home to a student performance company, and offers a unique outreach program (DanceAIR), which brings arts education and performance opportunities to underserved inner city youth. NHB also encourages relationships with other local arts based groups and organizations to further enrich arts opportunities and experiences for the greater New Haven community."   

 - Lisa Sanborn, Artistic Director

Board Chair Statement
"I am the President of the NHB Board of Directors and have been a Board member for over 10 years. I serve NHB with both pride and humility. When I was introduced to NHB over a decade ago, I quickly discovered a transformative world. The beauty, power and joy of ballet is not just in the ultimate performance (which itself involves both individual and group achievement). It is also manifest in the process of learning and building skills. In fact, ballet at NHB teaches and reinforces fundamental life lessons that go beyond dance: self-motivation; persistence; self-respect; respect for others; personal pride; collaboration; esprit de corps; how to build layers of skill; growth through discipline; earned rewards; and so much more. It is thus more the process than the performance that is so transformative for the NHB student. To that end, on a personal note my daughters have danced at NHB for almost a decade, since around the age of four. They love it and are the better for it.

NHB is a richly textured success story. Beyond its enrollees, NHB is deeply committed to community outreach programs. Via its innovative DanceAir, NHB sends its regular ballet faculty into New Haven's public schools to bring ballet instruction to underserved children. It has been eagerly embraced by the public school students (some now dance at NHB on full scholarships) and by school and city officials. There is a thirst for what NHB has brought to the public schools.

In like fashion, NHB's Shared Ability is a powerful initiative bringing differently abled individuals---with profound physical, neurological or other issues--- and pairing them with NHB's advanced students to explore movement and dance together. Their weekly time together is deeply moving for the participants, and at their joint year end performance, for the audience, as well. And then there is The Nutcracker, now a near sell-out holiday tradition at the historic Shubert Theater every December.

But success has its issues. NHB's continued growth has stretched its resources. Enrollment is strong, but not having enough studios has created waiting lists. DanceAir and Shared Ability depend on private donations; the schools do not fund them. Performance costumes are needed; as enrollments increase, NHB's "full participation" ethos translates to higher overhead. And yet NHB still gives need--based scholarships. It’s the right thing to do. NHB's response: tightly control costs, seek out grants/donations and hold periodic fundraisers. With continued mindfulness, the future looks bright."
 - Jeremy Mellitz, NHB Board President
 
"As a member of the NHB community for 27 years, as adult student, family-Board liaison, and two-time Board member, I have always loved seeing the way dance enriches lives: students learn not only about dance, but about music, creativity, time management, the joys of artistic collaboration, and the discipline necessary to achieve important goals. NHB has always tried to serve the community through our educational and differently-abled outreach programs. Our biggest challenge--and greatest joy--is finding a way to embrace a diverse community without compromising our artistic standards. We have seen this goal fulfilled in the new audiences we bring annually to our The Nutcracker and other performances, and in the successful careers of our students, both within and outside the dance world."

 - Susan Laity, Board member &former Board chair


Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Arts,Culture & Humanities / Ballet
Areas Served
Bethany
Branford
Cheshire
East Haven
Guilford
Hamden
Madison
Milford
New Haven
North Branford
North Haven
Orange
Shoreline
Wallingford
West Haven
Woodbridge
Lower Naugatuck Valley
Seymour
NHB also serves Durham and Higganum.
Programs
Description

The New Haven Ballet (NHB) company performs numerous times a year throughout Southern Connecticut. Most notable is the Ballet’s annual holiday rendition of The Nutcracker at the historic Shubert Theater. The company, which consists of pre-professional dancers from the NHB School, performs with professional guest artists of national and international stature. The NHB Company has performed and collaborated with the Chancel Opera Company, Connecticut Ballet Theatre, the Hartford Ballet, the Moscow State Ballet, the New Haven Symphony, the Nutmeg Ballet, the Omaha Ballet, Orchestra New England, the Pittsburgh Ballet, Yale Repertory Theatre, and more.

Population Served General/Unspecified / Adults / Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.

The company recently collaborated with Wallingford Symphony Orchestra at the Paul Mellon Arts Center.  They are also performed at Arts on the Edge and multiple other spring performances at the Shubert Theater and the Performing Arts Center at the Co-op High School of the Arts and Humanities.

Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.

The Nutcracker is in it's 14th year and consistently reaches audiences of 5,000 or more.

Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.

Company success is monitored by audience attendance, number of presentations per year and number of performers requesting participation.

Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.

Audience attendance is growing.  Requests for performances are coming from quality artistic venues.

Description

Through NHB’s Shared Ability program, youth with physical and mental disabilities participate with NHB intermediate and advanced students in a series of dance workshops led by inclusive dance expert Brad Roth. Together, the group creates a dance piece to perform on stage. During 2016, they will perform as part of the NHB Spring Performance at the Shubert Theater. 

Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) / /
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.

Youth with physical and mental disabilities share their accomplishments and interest in dance as they perform before family, friends and the community. Community members see the talents of people with disabilities. Shared Ability also encourages the education of emerging artists. NHB student dancers share their skills and understanding of dance with youth with disabilities; they explore new ways of moving, and they learn about the process of choreographing and rehearsing a dance piece.

Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.

NHB's Shared Ability program is helping a broader population of our community to experience the joy of dance. The program reaches teens and young adults with autism or autism spectrum disorder, Down Syndrome, cerebral palsy, and other disorders. Without Shared Ability, these youth would have very limited opportunities to receive dance training, collaborate with other dancers and choreographers, and perform on stage. 

Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.

NHB measures the effectiveness of Shared Ability through the number of youth participating, observation by NHB’s Artistic Director and faculty, and feedback from youth, parents and community partners.

Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.

An audience member said, “Thank you to the dancers in the shared ability program for enriching all of our lives. Your piece was exquisite. What a beautiful way to open the show. Thank you and congratulations to each and every one of you!”

Description

NHB’s DanceAIR program makes the finest classical ballet training accessible to underserved urban youth attending public elementary schools in New Haven. Designed to make a significant impact on children’s social, artistic, fitness, and academic development, DanceAIR offers twice weekly in-school classical ballet instruction, culminating in a community performance with pre-professional and professional dancers, reaching 1,200 people. Students learn dance technique and choreography, as well as caring for their bodies through healthy choices. The program brings the joy of dance and performance to children who might not otherwise have this opportunity. 

Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) / /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Description

Adult Open Division Classes are available for adults and teens 12 years and older, with and without previous ballet, modern or pilates experience. These classes are offered at each of our studios on a drop-in basis with no pre-registration required.

Population Served / /
Description The New Haven Ballet (NHB) School provides the finest classical ballet training and dance education in southern Connecticut to over 400 students in its Children’s Division (ages 3-7) and Student Open Division (ages 8-19). Also offered is training in modern, jazz, tap, musical theater, Pilates and choreography. Intermediate and advanced students have an opportunity to enhance their training with additional performances, exposure to guest choreographers and teachers, and participation in choreographing dance pieces.
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) / /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.

Dance has a special place in the development of children because it stimulates the mind while challenging and engaging the whole body. Through NHB’s programs, students develop a respect for and appreciation of dance and movement. They develop dance skills, express themselves creatively, and interact with other student dancers and professional artists.

 

Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.

Students gain skills that will help them in whatever they pursue – the desire for excellence, a willingness to accept criticism, the ability to work within a team, and the feeling of being part of the success of a performance or program. Families and friends of the students also benefit as they take pride in their child’s growth as a dancer and share in their interest and accomplishments.

Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.

Effectiveness is measured through the number of students enrolled, the number and percentage of students progressing to higher levels in the School, observation by the Artistic Director and faculty, and feedback from students and parents.

Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.

New Haven Ballet students have gone on to train at other professional schools including the School of American Ballet, The Rock School, Boston Ballet School, and the School at American Ballet Theatre. New Haven Ballet School alumni include Jeremy Cox, now a principal dancer at Miami City Ballet.

CEO/Executive Director
Lisa Sanborn
Term Start Aug 2001
Email artisticdirector@newhavenballet.org
Experience

Lisa Sanborn began her dance training in New Jersey at the Princeton Ballet School. After moving to Illinois, Ms. Sanborn trained at the Ruth Page Foundation in Chicago with Larry Long, Dolores Lipinski, and Warren Conover. She later studied with many other notable teachers, including Elisabeth Carroll and Felix Smith.

Ms. Sanborn danced as a member of the Clinton Contemporary Ballet and Quad Cities Civic Ballet companies in Iowa, performed for several years in the Chicago Tribune Charities production of The Nutcracker at the Arie Crown Theater, and appeared with the Royal Danish Ballet at the Auditorium Theater in Napoli, a ballet created by famed choreographer and ballet master August Bournonville.

In addition to the Snow Queen and several soloist roles in New Haven Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker at the historic Shubert Theater, Ms. Sanborn also performed in corps and solo variations from ballets such as La Bayadère, Pas de Quatres, Swan Lake, Giselle, Paquita, and Les Patineurs, as well as neoclassical and contemporary/lyrical works choreographed by Phillip Otto and Bronwen MacArthur.

Prior to her appointment as Artistic Director at New Haven Ballet in April 2014, Ms. Sanborn, who was brought to NHB by former artistic director Phillip Otto in 2001, acted as NHB’s Interim Artistic Director (2013-2014), was a distinguished teacher at the Ballet, and during her tenure taught ballet technique, variations, and pointe to both children and adults. She also choreographed and staged several works for NHB. Her students have pursued professional careers in dance and been accepted into many elite summer programs, including School of American Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, the Rock School (Pennsylvania Ballet), Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet Academy, Joffrey Ballet, Boston Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, and the Nutmeg Conservatory.

In addition to ballet, Ms. Sanborn taught Pilates at Sarah Aldrich Pilates in New Haven. She gained exposure to traditional mat Pilates during her time as a ballet dancer and teacher, and is classically trained and certified in mat and all apparatus.

Ms. Sanborn holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics from Skidmore College, where she minored in dance. She received a Juris Doctorate from Albany Law School of Union University and served as corporate counsel for the Southern Connecticut Gas Company and Connecticut Natural Gas Corporation until the birth of her son in 2009. In 2015, Yale University appointed Ms. Sanborn an Associate Fellow of Pierson College. Ms. Sanborn is also a member of the Arts Industry Coalition and serves on the Board of Directors for the Connecticut Dance Alliance.


 

Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 2
Number of Part Time Staff 16
Number of Volunteers 30
Number of Contract Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate 100%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 2
Caucasian 13
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 14
Unspecified 0
Senior Staff
Title Office Manager/Ballet Mistress
Experience/Biography Ruth Barker, along with her husband, Noble Barker founded New Haven Ballet in 1987.
Title Business Manager
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Collaborations
New Haven Ballet collaborates on an outreach basis with the New Haven Public School system, Yale University, area arts organizations and artists, Yale New Haven Hospital and area Senior Assisted Living facilities, and many other organizations where dance is a unique and useful medium for touching the greater community in a meaningful way.
Board Chair
Jeremy Mellitz
Company Affiliation Withers Bergman LLP
Term Dec 2014 to Dec 2017
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Paula Armbruster Yale University School of Medicine
John Fisher Shubert Theater
Will Kneerim GT Nexus
Susan Laity Yale University Press
Renee Leary L6 Foundation
Michael Marsland Yale University
Megan Murphy UIL Holdings Corporation
Joanne Nault Volunteer
John Newman NewAlliance Investments
Patricia Reilly Littler Mendelson, P.C.
Lisa Sanborn New Haven Ballet
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 11
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 7
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Finance
Executive
 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2015
Fiscal Year End June 30 2016
Projected Revenue $860,000.00
Projected Expenses $840,000.00
Spending Policy N/A
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund Yes
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Revenue Sources ChartHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201420132012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$43,967$38,023$47,524
Government Contributions$26,568$0$0
Federal------
State$25,488----
Local------
Unspecified$1,080----
Individual Contributions------
------
$704,433$700,682$773,966
Investment Income, Net of Losses$13$297$205
Membership Dues------
Special Events--$7,255$14,183
Revenue In-Kind------
Other$29,211$23,210--
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$804,495$821,517$678,191
Administration Expense$50,042$51,106$68,302
Fundraising Expense$25,001$21,703$20,852
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.910.861.09
Program Expense/Total Expenses91%92%88%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue35%48%34%
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$127,366$206,910$309,419
Current Assets$115,653$201,570$303,054
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$53,778$57,976$35,626
Total Net Assets$73,588$148,934$273,793
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountCT Dept. of Economic & Community Development $25,488COA Grant (CT Dept. of Economic & Community Dev. $13,895Commission on Arts Tourism $14,327
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --New Alliance Foundation $5,000New Alliance Foundation $7,500
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Ethel & Ape Lapides Foundation $1,000 --
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities2.153.488.51
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Anticipated In 3 Years
Comments
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Address 70 Audubon St
New Haven, CT 06510
Primary Phone 203 782-9038
CEO/Executive Director Lisa Sanborn
Board Chair Jeremy Mellitz
Board Chair Company Affiliation Withers Bergman LLP

 

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