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Team XXL shares their gift of dance

December 21st, 2016

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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Back to the river, jump in…

November 18th, 2016

Back to the river, jump in… It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for! This week our Minds In Motion (MIM) students, both in Richmond and Charlottesville, begin work on the first of the dances that will premiere in our MIM Culminating Performances in April and June. This particular dance comes at the end of the show, not at the beginning–it’s called the Finale. Big splash, Big splash! We take all the basic steps, musical qualities, and important facts we’ve learned about the Rappahannock Tribe of Virginia and we start…
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Lights! Camera! Parents?

November 4th, 2016

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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Putting It Together

September 16th, 2016

What’s it like to be a Minds In Motion (MIM) student? Classroom teachers got a chance to find out. Professors Joan Rhodes and Misti Wajciechowski from VCU School of Education and Professor Julie Gray from UVa-Richmond are partnering with MIM to present a professional learning session for all MIM classroom teachers. Richmond Ballet Outreach Director Cat Studdard had us moving like water, beating a drum, and catching raindrops—all to music performed by the magnificent MIM musicians. Joan, Misti, and Julie made connections between the 4th grade language arts curriculum and…
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Studio One Offers a World Premiere and a 20th Century Masterpiece

September 6th, 2016

The Moor’s Pavane and Returning Choreographer Melissa Barak round out program for Studio One September 20-25, 2016  |  BUY TICKETS  Richmond Ballet is pleased to announce that the 2016-17 season will begin with Studio One, featuring a world premiere work from Los Angeles-based choreographer Melissa Barak and the José Limón classic, The Moor’s Pavane, September 20-25, 2016, at Richmond Ballet’s Studio Theatre. Studio One marks the first installment of the popular Studio Series, which will feature three world premieres in addition to two works new to the Richmond Ballet stage…
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