Message from Cat Studdard Education Director
Welcome to the Education Department; 2016 has proven to be an exciting and inspiring year! Continuing the successful run of our new Lecture Demonstration Performances, the Richmond Ballet professional company is bringing the story of Copellia to Elementary School children across the state. The performance includes a cast of five professional dancers who share this classic ballet along with an inside experience into the world of dance. Our young audiences participate throughout the story of Swanilda and her adventures into Dr. Copellius’ workshop where he creates life size dolls. The performance concludes with a Question and Answer time where the dancers share an insider’s view of professional dance and performance.
Youth Performances are another way to bring audiences closer to the world of dance. Schools and Homeschool Groups bring students to the theatre for a behind the scenes look at Stoner Winslett’s The Nutcracker in Norfolk and Richmond. After meeting production crew, professional dancers and the conductor for the symphony, students enjoy the exquisite and beautifully crafted show. This year’s story ballet, Romeo and Juliet, offered a wonderful opportunity for many high school students to experience Shakespeare through the world of dance.
Ongoing Community Connections include opportunities for groups to view the professional company in action during rehearsal, enjoy master classes by our renowned faculty and tour our incredible facility. Each experience is created to meet the needs of the individual group. Community Dance Connections in partnership with Virginia Commonwealth University offer a unique experience with dance. These free events connect the public with an upcoming performance by the professional company.
Minds In Motion, Richmond Ballet’s dance outreach program, is thriving this year with 25 schools in the year long program in Charlottesville, Chesterfield, Hopewell, Richmond and Independent Schools. Students from all of the communities are studying ecology as they build toward their culminating performance: The Gift: Ecology In Motion. This year’s Minds In Motion community partner is Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Biology, School of Education, Department of Dance and Choreography and Division of Community Engagement. Across the globe in Israel, our Minds In Motion residency continues to bring students together from a Jewish village and an Arab village to share the experience of dance and performance.
Dedicated to Richmond Ballet’s mission to awaken and uplift the human spirit, education and outreach programming reaches over 17,000 people every year. I hope you are one of those people and if not, please check out our blog posts and calendar to see how you can join in the joy of dance!
Richmond Ballet Kicks off Dogwood Dell’s 60th Anniversary Celebration with Two Nights Featuring The Professional Company, The School of Richmond Ballet and Minds In Motion The Dell Main Stage, Dogwood Dell Byrd Park, 600 South Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23220 Friday, June 3 at 8:30pm & Saturday, June 4 at 8:30pm (The same program will be performed both evenings) Performances are free and open to the public Members of Richmond Ballet’s professional company are set to perform ‘Windows II’ from Stoner Winslett’s signature full-length work, Windows, alongside a Richmond favorite –…
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Minds In Motion Team XXL has been designated as the featured performance group to represent the Minds In Motion program. As Minds In Motion has grown, requests for performances throughout the community have increased substantially, and the members of Team XXL have become superb ambassadors for the program. Click below to learn the latest Team XXL news!
Richmond Ballet’s Minds In Motion Team XXL is a group of youthful, diverse, high- energy dancers that combine pedestrian movement and rhythmic patterning into exciting and intricate choreography. This program has enabled a number of students to transition to classes at the School of Richmond Ballet…
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