The Nutmeg Ballet Conservatory has been known for its classical ballet programs for half a century. The training program offers the very best of the fundamentals of Vaganova methodology with just the right infusion of neoclassical and contemporary training vital to a dancer’s future versatility and success. The beautifully appointed studios offer sweeping views of the Berkshires’ Litchfield Hills all set in the charming art district of historic downtown Torrington, Connecticut. Offering both residential, academic, and day-student programs, life at The Nutmeg Ballet brings together hard-working, like-minded students to focus on the details. But it’s so much more.
That beautiful Nutmeg Ballet building on North Main Street, with its neoclassical architecture, made up of bricks and steel and glass, has many wonderful stories to tell. Not only is it a cultural landmark in Torrington, but it also becomes a second home to students from near and far. These students sacrifice a traditional school life to dedicate hours upon hours of training to their art– a sacrifice they lovingly make to achieve their dreams.
Life at The Nutmeg is rich, fulfilling, and challenging. Each day is filled with ballet and enriching life experiences. It’s more than ballet!
In addition to offering supervised academics and ballet training, activities are planned throughout the session to enrich and engage these creative minds entrusted to our care. Our students benefit from multiple performance opportunities at the Warner Theatre and Bushnell Theater as well as collaborations with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and local arts organizations. Our partnership with Five Points Gallery exposes our students to other forms of art while drawing workshops bring together the very best of classical ballet and the visual arts. The Nutmeg Ballet’s outreach efforts throughout the year allow students to become part of the fabric of our local community and share their rare and unique gifts with others in a meaningful way. Only a two-hour drive to New York City or Boston, Torrington is within reach of cultural and dance-inspired wonders and some of the greatest ballet companies and performances in the world.
And because life is not all about work, our students have fun too. The Nutmeg Ballet has an active Yearbook Committee as well as a Student Council that organizes events and outings throughout the year including apple and pumpkin picking, movie nights, talent shows, picnics, outings to local fairs and amusement parks, and even a spring formal “prom-like” event. Our parent group, Parent Network at The Nutmeg, organizes field trips which this past year included the ballet inspired musical, An American in Paris, and Boston Ballet’s performance of William Forsythe’s Artifact, for example. Our Artistic Director, Victoria Mazzarelli, has a special connection to Forsythe having worked with him for six years as a principal dancer. (Just check out this amazing Forsythe rehearsal!) The possibilities are virtually endless as the creativity of our students has no bounds.
If you seek an artistic home, a place where creativity soars, where students are fiercely dedicated to their craft, and the details are the priority, then The Nutmeg Ballet Conservatory may be what you’ve been looking for.
Where will your Nutmeg Ballet journey take you? Join us for the 2017-2018 season of dance and find out. Become part of The Nutmeg magic!