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PHILLIP SKAGGS TO RETIRE AT CONCLUSION OF 2014-15 SEASON

December 5th, 2014

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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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Carmina Burana Returns; SRB Celebrates 40 Years

October 2nd, 2014

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CARMINA BURANA RETURNS TO THE CARPENTER THEATRE WITH FULL SYMPHONY AND CHORUS Butler’s controversial spectacle will be staged alongside Balanchine’s Mozartiana and Winslett’s own Danse Macabre in celebration of 40 Years of The School of Richmond Ballet One of the most popular works from the Richmond Ballet repertory returns to the Carpenter Theatre this Halloween as Richmond Ballet presents John Butler’s impassioned masterwork, Carmina Burana, alongside George Balanchine’s Mozartiana and Stoner Winslett’s Danse Macabre, for the company’s second consecutive year of full-length repertory programs, October 31-November 2, 2014. Mozartiana and Danse Macabre will…
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In Rehearsal: ‘iNVERSION’ Has A Voice

September 3rd, 2014

“This is who I am.” The voice of dancer Thomas Ragland lingers as it comes through the sound system of the Gibson Studio on the 3rd floor of Richmond Ballet’s downtown building. Along with the soft buzz of the speakers, the only other sounds to fill the space are the syncopated breaths of the dancers, exaggerated for effect, as they move and the tug of their canvas ballet slippers against the Marley floor. The steps, done to a silent count, are rich and full, and cover the entire span of what will…
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