The mission of the Nutmeg Ballet Conservatory is to provide professional-level training, education and performance experience in classical ballet and other dance forms for young students dedicated to the art of dance.

Sharon Dante has assembled an international faculty that trains students in The Nutmeg’s training program – one that combines the fundamentals of the Vaganova methodology with a blend of neo-classical and contemporary styles. The Nutmeg offers both a Year-Round Residency Program and a Summer Program, each immersing students in intensive study and training. The Nutmeg Ballet Conservatory is unique in its dedication to teaching classical ballet alongside a full resident performance season, thus placing equal emphasis on both training and performance skills. The commitment of The Nutmeg’s faculty and guest artists is to utilize this ideal combination of experiences to prepare students for the demands of 21st century professional dance companies. Additionally, the school maintains a full  Conservatory Academic Program (CAP) that provides educational options as well as full college preparation for students who endeavor to further their academic careers in a university setting.

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Connecticut, referred to by New Englanders as “The Nutmeg State”, is located in the northeastern section of the United States – one of the safest and highest per capita income regions of the country. New England’s charm is derived from its diversity in both geography and populous. Torrington is a town nestled in Litchfield County, known for its landscape of rolling hills, colonial homes, rich farmland, and pristine lakes. Torrington is home to over twenty arts organizations and a branch campus of the University of Connecticut. Dating back to the 1700’s, Torrington has kept its charm of period architecture, community pride, and a lasting relationship with its community of artists. Less than two hours from New York and Boston, The Nutmeg is located in the backyard of the groundbreaking dance venue Jacob’s Pillow and its nearby neighbor, Tanglewood – summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. The Nutmeg takes advantage of this closeness to enhance student exposure to dance and culture.

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Founded in 1969 by respected ballet teacher Sharon E. Dante, The Nutmeg has continued the commitment to her original vision of providing professional-level ballet training to aspiring young dance artists. Under the watchful eye of Artistic Director Victoria Mazzarelli (84’), The Nutmeg Ballet Conservatory is recognized as one of the leading professional ballet training organizations in the United States and is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance.



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To plan a visit to see the Conservatory, schedule an audition, or to find out more, please contact:

Admissions Office
Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts
Phone: 860.482.4413 Ext. 304