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For over twenty years, New Bedford Ballet has continued its mission of performing ballets, providing classical ballet training to children and adults, ensuring access to ballet instruction for all through granting scholarships, and educating the community in the value of the performing arts.

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Office Hours

Mon,Tue,Thur 3:30-7:30

Sat 9-12


2343 Purchase Street
New Bedford, MA 02746


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New Bedford Ballet

New Bedford Ballet has a respected reputation for high level dance training. We offer a complete and structured program of training in ballet for students age three through professional, and adult classes for beginner through advanced students.




A New England Nutcracker

A Regional Twist on a Holiday Classic


New Bedford Ballet will perform its annual production of A New England Nutcracker December 3rd through the 11th at the NBB Community Theatre, located at 2343 Purchase Street in New Bedford.  Journey back to the 1850s, as this favorite holiday story is reimagined through New Bedford's historic whaling era, and prepare for the "City That Lit the World" to light up your holiday season.

Set to Tchaikovsky's beloved score, the performance follows young Mary through a night of adventure.  You'll begin at the lavish home of Captain Ephraim Williams where many guests, including Herman Melville, arrive at a holiday party, and the family celebrates the homecoming of the Captain after years at sea.  He shares tales of his travels and comes bearing gifts, including exotic, dancing animals, and of course, a beautiful nutcracker for young Mary.  After Mary drifts to sleep, the real adventures begin as the audience watches battling mice and soldiers, ending with the triumphant defeat of the Mouse Queen.  The magical journey continues as Mary sails through dancing snowflakes to the Land of Sweets.  The performance is filled with colorful and playful characters from around the globe, including those unique to the New England region.  The audience is entertained by Chinese, Spanish, French, and Russian dancers as well as whaling sailors and Native Americans.  The performance brings a much-loved international holiday tale into our hometown.

This original adaptation of the traditional Nutcracker ballet, created by Rebecca Waskiel-Marchesseault, Director of the New Bedford Ballet, features choreography by Ms. Waskiel, Erin Petitjean Allen, James Brown and Eugenia Zinovieva.  The performance takes place in New Bedford Ballet's studio, offering an intimate environment charged with the dancers' energy.  This simple version with narration is engaging for children, and the hour-long performance is perfect for anyone juggling the many events that fill the holiday season.

Ten performances will take place over two weekends:

Saturday, December 3 at 1:30 and 3 PM

Sunday, December 4 at 1:30 and 3 PM

Friday, December 9 at 6:30 and 8 PM

Saturday, December 10 at 1:30 and 3 PM

Sunday, December 11 at 1:30 and 3 PM

Ticket prices are $12 for adults and $7 for seniors, students, and children.  Group rates for non-profit organizations are available.  All proceeds from the ballet support the New Bedford Ballet Foundation, a non-profit organization.  For over twenty years, the Foundation has granted scholarships and given thousands of area school children and seniors the opportunity to witness the splendor and beauty of ballet. As a result of private and corporate contributions to the Foundation, the Youth Ballet will also be performing A New England Nutcracker for students from PACE Head Start, Early Learning Center, the Schwartz Center for Children, the Kennedy-Donovan Center, the New Bedford Council on Aging, and for patients and staff at Hasbro Children's Hospital in Providence.  

Celebrate the season with this classic holiday story that never gets old.  Tickets are limited and sell quickly; reserve yours soon by contacting the New Bedford Ballet at 508-993-1387. 


Please do not miss this wonderful documentary of A New England Nutcracker created by the Raynham Channel.

Land of Sweets: Making of 'A New England Nutcracker'
Full length performance of the December 8, 2013 show.


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Adult Ballet Classes School Year 2016-2017

Monday  7:30-8:45pm  & Thursday 7:00-8:15
Perfect for all ages from college students missing their dance classes back home to gently aged adult dancers whose stage career has ended (or never quite begun). Great relaxed atmosphere!
Tuition info for adult classes.




Did you know that the New Bedford Ballet has a financial scholarship program?
Come to the office for more information and to see if you qualify.