Richmond Ballet News

Four RBII Members to Join the Professional Company

August 5th, 2014

COMPANY PROMOTIONS FOR THE  2014-15 SEASON

New Hires 2014-15Richmond Ballet is pleased to announce that four Richmond Ballet II (RBII) members have been invited to join the professional company for the 2014-15 season. With the additions of Lauren Archer, Abigail Goldstein, Sabrina Holland and Benjamin Malone, the Ballet’s professional company is now comprised of 16 full-time dancers, an increase from last season’s roster of 14. “We are thrilled to expand our company with these four wonderful dancers,” said Richmond Ballet Artistic Director, Stoner Winslett. “They have distinguished themselves beautifully through their work with both our professional company and with RBII, and we are all excited to give members of our Richmond Ballet audience the chance to see them develop further as artists.”

Lauren Archer, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, began her training at Academy of Ballet and Theatre Arts under the instruction of Lisa Webb. She started her professional career as a member of Tulsa Ballet II in 2008, and continued her training in New York City at the Ellison Ballet Professional Training Program from 2011 through 2013. Ms. Archer danced with RBII for one season before joining the professional company.

A native of Sarasota, Florida, Abigail Goldstein received her professional training at The Sarasota Ballet School, and has attended summer programs at The School of American Ballet and at Miami City Ballet School. As a trainee at Boston Ballet for two seasons, Ms. Goldstein performed with both the professional company and Boston Ballet II. Ms. Goldstein danced with RBII for two seasons before joining Richmond Ballet.

Sabrina Holland of Frankfort, New York, began her training at Ballet Arts under the direction of Delia Foley, and later studied at Canada’s National Ballet School for four years. Ms. Holland spent one year as a trainee with The Washington Ballet, where she performed with the professional company and the Studio Company. Ms. Holland was a member of RBII for two seasons before being invited to join the professional company in Richmond.

Benjamin Malone, a native of Bangor, Maine, began his training with The Bossov Ballet Theater under Andrei Bossov. He attended Nutmeg Conservatory of the Arts in Torrington, Connecticut for two years, and spent one year with the pre-professional program at The Washington School of Ballet. Mr. Malone joined Richmond Ballet as an apprentice in 2011, and spent two seasons as a member of RBII before joining the professional company.

In addition, four new members have been invited to join the second company, Richmond Ballet II (RBII). Hannah Markowitz, of Northern Virginia, joins RBII after one year as a trainee with Richmond Ballet. Ms. Markowitz received her training at the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, D.C., at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) and at Ballet Chicago, all on scholarship. Eri Nishihara comes to Richmond after studying ballet at the University of Utah. Originally from Japan, Ms. Nishihara has also attended summer sessions with Ballet West and American Repertory Ballet. Stephanie Singletary begins her first full season with RBII after dancing as a trainee with Richmond Ballet for one year. A North Carolina native, Ms. Singletary received her training at UNCSA, and has attended programs at The School of American Ballet, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and Carolina Ballet. Logan Hillman, of Clifton, Virginia, received his ballet training at both the Kirov Academy of Ballet in our nation’s capital, and at the Akhmedova Ballet Academy, located in Silver Spring, Maryland. Mr. Hillman joins RBII from Columbia Classical Ballet.

 

Photo: Lauren Archer, Abigail Goldstein, Sabrina Holland and Benjamin Malone. Richmond Ballet 2013. Photos by Sarah Ferguson.