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Shira Lanyi Returns for Don Quixote

January 23rd, 2015

Former Richmond Ballet Dancer Currently Dances with Israel Ballet  Richmond Ballet is delighted to announce that Shira Lanyi, on leave this season from Richmond Ballet, will return from Israel for the company’s upcoming performances of Nicolas Beriozoff’s Don Quixote. Ms. Lanyi will remain in Richmond for the duration of the Don Quixote production before going back to the Israel Ballet to complete her season overseas.  Ms. Lanyi is scheduled to perform the role of ‘Queen of the Dryads’ for all three performances, and will join the company for regular classes…
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Sizzling “Don Quixote” Opens Feb. 20; Chinese Guest Artists to Star

January 15th, 2015

Full-Length Ballet to Feature Two Principal Dancers from the National Ballet of China in Lead Roles PURCHASE TICKETS! Richmond Ballet is pleased to welcome one of the world’s most popular ballets back to the River City, as Nicolas Beriozoff’s Don Quixote, presented by Morgan Stanley, is set to run February 20 through 22 at the Carpenter Theatre. It is also with great anticipation that Richmond Ballet prepares to welcome two principal dancers from the National Ballet of China, Wang Ye and Ma Xiaodong who are scheduled to perform the ballet’s lead roles. Ms.…
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PHILLIP SKAGGS TO RETIRE AT CONCLUSION OF 2014-15 SEASON

December 5th, 2014

Phil in Tribute 1

Richmond Ballet to celebrate the longtime company member with April performances of Liebeslieder Walzer Longtime company dancer Phillip Skaggs is set to retire from the stage at the end of the 2014-15 season after 16 years with Richmond Ballet. The entire company will celebrate Mr. Skaggs’ 16 year career with a special farewell performance of George Balanchine’s elegant Liebeslieder Walzer during the work’s springtime run, April 14-19 at Richmond Ballet’s Studio Theatre. Mr. Skaggs’ retirement will mark the departure of the longest-tenured company member currently at dancing with Richmond Ballet.…
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Auditions and Macadamia Nuts

November 26th, 2014

As our Minds In Motion 4th graders prepare for their Team XL auditions, Ira White, RBII Company member, recounts his journey through his Team XL audition! Ira began dancing through Minds In Motion! He was a 4th grader at Mary Munford where Katherine Smothers sparked his interest in dancing! Team XL is the successful after-school scholarship class for Minds In Motion students, attended weekly by select dancers from each of the nineteen schools.  This program is offered free-of-charge and has enabled a number of students to make a transition to…
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In Rehearsal: Carmina Burana

October 16th, 2014

“Shout the movement.” Ballet Master Malcolm Burn is in the midst of yet another rehearsal for John Butler’s Carmina Burana. This afternoon, he’s running the work’s ‘Bacchanal’ section, and in so doing, he’s addressing the full company on matters of excess, temptation, and indulgence. Just another Wednesday afternoon these days. “There are no inhibitions, be a little free” he says. He’s very quick to demonstrate the choreography in this rehearsal, imparting the knowledge he learned directly from Butler himself. “You have to shout the movement.” He’s asking that the dancers…
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