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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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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



New Bedford Ballet Brings History to Life with their Premiere of Sacagawea’s Song


The New Bedford Ballet is hosting its annual spring fundraiser on Sunday, March 8, from 1pm to 4pm at the NBB Community Theatre, 2343 Purchase Street in New Bedford.  This celebration of the arts will include an array of elegant desserts and beverages, live music provided by members of the New Bedford Symphony Youth Orchestra and performances of Sacagawea’s Song  by the New Bedford Youth Ballet at 1:30 and 3:00 pm.  All proceeds of this fundraiser will benefit New Bedford Ballet’s arts education and dance scholarship programs. 

Sacagawea’s Song is an original historical ballet created and choreographed by New Bedford Ballet’s artistic director,  Rebecca Waskiel-Marchesseault.  This unique, family-oriented ballet describes the story of Sacagawea, the Native American woman who served as interpreter and guide on the historic Lewis and Clark expedition across the western United States.  Members of the audience will have the opportunity to travel back to the early 19th century and experience this renowned journey of an American icon who has become a symbol of women’s  strength and independence.  

The New Bedford Youth Ballet will also be performing Sacagawea’s Song for elementary schools in Acushnet, Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Marion and New Bedford in March as part of their Bringing History to Life through the Arts program.  The program will bring this legendary story to life for the students through the art of ballet.  With support from the Acushnet, Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Marion and New Bedford Cultural Councils, an educational curriculum, including individual workbooks, will be provided for students.  

Sponsored by Alves Chiropractic Center, two special additional performances of Sacagawea’s Song will be presented  in March – one for patients, their families and staff at Boston Children’s Hospital, and the second for PACE Head Start students and their families. These deserving families will be provided with evenings of history and culture, as they witness the enchantment of ballet.  

The New Bedford Youth Ballet is a company of the New Bedford Ballet Foundation, Inc.  Founded in 1987, the Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote and present classical ballets, grant scholarships, and educate the community in the beauty of this performing art. Throughout the years, aided by the financial support of the Foundation, thousands of area school children and senior citizens have had the opportunity to witness the splendor of “live” ballet.


Tickets: Adults $15, Seniors and Students $10, and Children $5 


For more information, call 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 2014-2015

Tuesday & Thursday 7:15-8:30pm
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!
Interested in an adult beginner class? Call and tell us. If we get enough interest we will contact you.

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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.