Since its founding in 1988 by Lois Ellyn, Nouveau Chamber Ballet has been enriching the community through performances and education in the arts. The company’s diverse repertoire encompasses classical ballet, contemporary dance and original works. Through these works, aspiring dancers, choreographers, musicians and designers receive invaluable theater experience and the community enjoys first class performances that are the result of their efforts.
As a non-profit organization, Nouveau Chamber Ballet participates in cultural education programs throughout the community. The company regularly performs for school children in the Orange County area. Also, the “Sponsor a School” program enables young children the opportunity to attend The Nutcracker ballet performance each December.
Nouveau Chamber Ballet has an adjunct ballet school, which offers a full range of classes, from pre-ballet to professional level, for students of all ages. The staff, led by Artistic Director Sheree King, has years of teaching and performing experience and are committed to providing the highest caliber of dance instruction
The Creative Force
Lois Ellyn enjoyed an illustrious career as a ballerina, choreographer and teacher, as well as Artistic Director of Nouveau Chamber Ballet. She studied and performed with prominent figures in the world of ballet such as Madame Nijinska and Maestro Celli. She was a noted ballerina for New York City Ballet under George Balanchine, who redefined the image of ballet in the United States. Ms. Ellyn took pride in presenting dramatic, humorous and original works as she mentors the performer. She owned the Lois Ellyn Studio in Fullerton, California, which has become one of Orange County’s most respected schools for ballet training. Nouveau Chamber Ballet will continue under the guidance of Sheree King, one of Ellyn’s students and dancers. The Lois Ellyn Ballet Studio will continue to train young dancers in the traditions and technique of classical ballet.
Opening Artistic Horizons
Nouveau Chamber Ballet partners with Orange County schools to bring dance to life for school children. Programs include dance presentations onsite at the schools, culminating in a live staged ballet at the theater. Nouveau Chamber Ballet brings the magic of live performance to children who would otherwise never have the opportunity.