Dance is on its toes when it comes to classic moves in Connecticut. The Nutmeg State happens to be blessed with outstanding ballet companies. Ballet is that unique art form that is at once both graceful and physically demanding. It requires skill, poise and physical stamina. Here are just a few of the outstanding ballet companies in Connecticut that produce full-blown productions.


Connecticut Ballet
20 Acosta St
Stamford, CT 06902
(203) 964-1211

The Connecticut Ballet, under the artistic directorship of Brett Raphael, has grown from when it was first founded in 1981. The company repertoire includes the full-length “Nutcracker,” “Cinderella,” “Giselle,” “Coppèlia,” “The Sleeping Beauty,” “Romeo and Juliet,” “Petrouchka” and “Brigadoon.” In addition to being a professional dance company, Raphael has added a new dimension to his company. He has created Zig Zag, a 10-member contemporary company which became the resident ballet company at the Stamford Center for the Arts. Dates for productions TBA.

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Hartford City Ballet
420 New Park Ave
Hartford, CT 06106
(860) 233-8552

The city of Hartford is definitely supportive of the Hartford City Ballet, which became a professional company in 2005. Along with other members of the community, the city and community extended the ballet company to include a pre-professional training program called the School of Hartford City Ballet. This company has already set a date for its 2012 production of the “Nutcracker,” which will be presented in December.

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Ballet Theatre Company (BTC)20 Jefferson Ave
West Hartford, CT 06110
(860) 570-0440

Ballet Theater Company and Academy has a mission statement that provides the opportunity to learn ballet and to perform ballet for those who might not have had such an opportunity. BTC is greater Hartford’s access to professional-quality dance education as well as accomplished dance performance. This company is a non-profit organization and presents at least two full-length productions a year. According to the BTC website, “BTA dancers perform with professional dancers.” The performance schedule is TBA. The company also offers a summer intensive program for children ages nine to 16. Call for more information.


The Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts
58 Main St
Torrington, CT 06790
(860) 482-4413

Sharon Dante’s name is practically synonymous with the Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts. She has managed to pull together “an international classical ballet faculty that trains in the Nutmeg methodology.” According to the website, this is “a combination of the Vaganova technique with a blend of neo-classical and contemporary training.” A year-round residency program and a summer program are offered at the Torrington facility. Nutmeg is absolutely dedicated to teaching classical ballet and preparing students for the demands of the art.

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Albano Ballet Company of America
15 Girard Ave
Hartford, CT 06105
(860) 232-8898

The son of Russian dancers, Joseph Albano was born in New London, Connecticut and is well known for his performances with Ballets Russe de Monte Carlo, based in New York City. Albano, the artistic director of Albano Ballet Company, founded the Hartford Ballet Company in 1960 and served as its artistic director. He has taught other artistic directors and has been written up in many dance publications. “The Albano Youth Ballet Company is designed for the serious advanced pre-professional student,” he comments. It offers afternoon and evening sessions as well as Saturday lessons for all age groups. Mr. Albano now has the distinction of playing Dr. Drosselmeyer in the “Nutcracker.” The dates for the 2012 production of the “Nutcracker” are TBA.

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Joanne Greco Rochman is the arts editor of The Fairfield County Review, a columnist, critic, feature story writer and English professor. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Republican-American and Hersam-Acorn Publications. Her work can be found at