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Checking in With MIM in Israel!

January 21st, 2015

Checking in from the MIM Residency in Israel With Education Director Cat Studdard, MIM Teaching Artist, Katherine Smothers and MIM Music Supervisor, Blanton Bradley! Day 1 – Beit Itzhak-Sh’Ar, Central District     We were all smiles at the start of our first day as you can see below and we were even happier at the end of the day. Our students are great!  We met with the new principal at Beit Itzhak in the morning and she asked if we could have three days of performances beginning next Wednesday. We…
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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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