Nova Rae Gaffney


Nova Rae Gaffney is a Delaware native and began her training in lower Delaware before joining The School of First State Ballet Theatre in 2016. Nova's studies also include summer intensives with The Pennsylvania Ballet, Burklyn Ballet and Ballet West. Nova was the recipient of the Delaware Dance Festival Artistry Award, as well as a scholarship winner at the Philadelphia Youth Dance Festival in 2018. She was the winner of the senior overall Priscilla Payson Foundation scholarship in 2016 and is also a Diane Drulis Foundation scholarship winner. Nova had the honor of being awarded a ballet scholarship with NYCDA and received the highest overall score for their senior division in 2015. She also placed in the Top 24 at the 2018 YAGP Semi-Final. Nova performed with The School of First State Ballet Theatre as a finalist in the Ensemble category of the Youth American Grand Prix and the World Ballet Competition in 2018. This is Nova’s second season with First State Ballet Theatre. 


See Nova perform in our upcoming production: 


The Baby Grand
Wilmington, DE
October 18-20

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