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Minds In Motion Israel 2017

March 24th, 2017

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Nervous chattering and smiles of anticipation filled the gym as the students from Al Salam, an Arab Israeli school, and Beit Yitzhak, a Jewish Israeli school, gathered for their final performance of our 2017 Minds In Motion Israel Residency. As the classes presented their culminating performance together, the audience partook deeply. Everyone was clearly moved by the experience of witnessing these two groups of students smiling, dancing, collaborating. It is no wonder when the audience was asked to dance and join us that the gym erupted into a huge dance party. The…
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School of Richmond Ballet Ensembles Presents: Suite from Sleeping Beauty

March 23rd, 2017

School of Richmond Ballet presents Suite from The Sleeping Beauty with the School of Richmond Ballet Ensembles Music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky Costumes from the Richmond Ballet Costume Collection Scenery Design by Charles Caldwell Lighting Design by MK Stewart SRB Faculty Repetiteurs Tara Penick: The Garland Dance and Grand Finale Judy Jacob: Solo Fairies, Princess Aurora, Maids of Honor, The White Cat with Puss ‘n’ Boots Cecile Tuzii: Lilac Fairy Attendants Jasmine Grace: The Polacca and Tom Thumb Igor Antonov: Princess Florine and The Bluebird The Garland Dance, The Fairies…
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Three Richmond Ballet Company Dancers Announce Retirement

March 6th, 2017

Richmond Ballet announces that company dancers Valerie Tellmann-Henning, Kirk Henning, and Thomas Ragland will be retiring at the end of the 2016-17 season in May. Tellmann-Henning, who is the Company’s longest tenured dancer, began dancing at The School of Richmond Ballet in 1993 and advanced to apprentice in 1998. In 2000, she was promoted to the Richmond Ballet professional company. “I have immense gratitude toward the faculty and staff of the Richmond Ballet,” Tellmann-Henning said. “In my early years they perfected and codified my technique, but more importantly, through the…
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Team XXL shares their gift of dance

December 21st, 2016

Photo by Hannah Neifert

On a frigid afternoon in December, the dancers from Team XXL descended on The Valentine, a Richmond museum dedicated to preserving local history. Each year The Valentine (along with nine other historic sites) hosts the Court End Christmas, a holiday celebration including carriage rides, carolers, living history, live music, children’s crafts, and of course, dance. The Team XXL dancers showcased their 30 minute performance based on the Rappahannock Tribe of Virginia. This month, the XXL performers have also shown off their moves with performances at MCV/VCU and at the Commonwealth Club.…
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Lights! Camera! Parents?

November 4th, 2016

Students at Bellevue Elementary decorate open class invitations for their parents.

Students at Bellevue Elementary decorate open class invitations for their parents. It’s been an exciting time in the Minds In Motion classrooms. During the month of October, we invited parents into the class to be our inaugural audience. After the first moments of panic (ZOMG! My dad is watching, aaah!) our dancers took their first steps towards becoming performers. In most ways, it was just another day in MIM class–warm up, review steps, revisit beginning choreography. There’s a lot to do before taking the BIG stage in April, after all.…
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