New Bedford Youth Ballet


The New Bedford Youth Ballet is a company of intermediate and advanced dancers, ages 11 to 18 years, who are interested in developing their performance skills by participating in extracurricular dance programs. The Youth Ballet brings the beauty of live ballet to area hospitals, schools, and nursing facilities; performs lecture/demonstrations in elementary schools throughout the region; and has performed with the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra.Each Fall open auditions for the Youth Ballet are held at New Bedford Ballet. The dancers selected for the company take ballet classes three to four times per week and often spend one or two days each week rehearsing. 

The typical Youth Ballet yearly calendar is as follows: 


  • New Bedford Ballet school year begins.

  • Tiny Dances at AHA Night

  • Open auditions for the Youth Ballet

  • Rehearsals for the Nutcracker begin


  • Rehearsals for the Nutcracker


  • Rehearsals for the Nutcracker


  • Ten performances of the Nutcracker occur during two consecutive weekends.

  • Performances for The Schwartz School, Kennedy-Donovan Center, area Assisted Living Centers, PACE Headstart, and Early Learning Center

  • Performances at Hayden-McFadden Elementary School


  • Rehearsals for the School Performances


  • Rehearsals for the School Performances


  • Performances for eight area schools; three or four performances per day over four days

  • Performances for Pace Headstart

  • Two performances at the March fundraiser.

  • Rehearsals for June Performance begin


  • Rehearsals for June Performance


  • Rehearsals for June Performance


  • Full-length ballet (includes New Bedford Ballet students in level PreBallet I and above)


  • Summer ballet program for Youth Ballet: 3 to 5 hours of class per day, including a choreography workshop, instructed by Ms. Zinovieva and Ms. Petitjean Allen, and a performance workshop.

  • Some students attend summer dance programs in other cities and states.


  • Summer performance which includes original pieces choreographed by students as part of the choreography workshop, variations from classical ballets, and other short ballets rehearsed during the summer program.