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Richmond Ballet

Richmond Ballet, State Ballet of Virginia
General information
Name Richmond Ballet, State Ballet of Virginia
Year founded 1957
Website .com.richmondballetwww
Artistic staff
Artistic Director Stoner Winslett
Other
Official school The School of the Richmond Ballet

The Richmond Ballet, named the State Ballet of Virginia in 1990 by then Governor Douglas Wilder, is a nationally recognized education and performance institution, founded in 1957.

Contents

  • Founding 1
  • Performances 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Founding

In 1957, the Ballet Impromptu, founded by Richmond natives Robert C. Watkins Jr.[1] and Marjorie Fay Underhill[2] and Donna Comstock Forrest, became Richmond's first ballet company.[3] Later, the Ballet Impromptu became the Richmond Ballet. In 1980, Stoner Winslett became the founding artistic director.

Performances

In his 2011 article on American productions of Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker, the New York Time's Alastair Macaulay singled out the Richmond Ballet production as one of the best in the country.[4] The company debuted in New York City in 2005 with performances at the Joyce Theater.[5] In October 2013, during the company's 30th season, the ballet premiered the contemporary work “Phoenix Rising”, choreographed by Philip Neal, a former student of the Richmond Ballet school and dancer for 23 years with the New York City Ballet.

References

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External links

  • Official Richmond Ballet website
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