Nova Rae Gaffney


Nova Rae Gaffney, a Delaware native, began her training in lower Delaware before joining the School of First State Ballet Theatre in 2016. Nova's studies also includes summer intensives with The Pennsylvania Ballet, Burklyn Ballet, and Ballet West. Nova has received the Delaware Dance Festival Artistry Award and was a scholarship winner at the Philadelphia Youth Dance Festival in 2018. She received 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 the NYCDA and received the highest overall score for their Senior Division in 2015; she also placed in the Classical Top 24 at the Philadelphia YAGP Regional in 2018. This past year 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. This will be Nova’s first season with FSBT. 


See Nova perform in our upcoming production: 

The Sleeping Beauty

The Baby Grand
Wilmington, DE
April 12-14

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