Welcome to Richmond Ballet Outreach Programming
Our Richmond Ballet Outreach season is well underway and hopefully you’ve experienced some of the uplifting dance programming that has been moving around our state this fall. Students from Chesterfield and Albemarle Counties and Charlottesville City have received A Midsummer Night’s Dream with enthusiasm. These 45 minute lecture demonstrations will continue throughout the year in Henrico County, Hampton Roads, Southside and even a stop in North Carolina. The first Community Dance Connection hosted by Virginia Commonwealth University Department of Dance and Choreography brought attendees an up-close and inside look at two ballets from the upcoming performance by the professional company, TRIO. Minds In Motion arrived in Portsmouth, VA for the first ever residency in the Tidewater area. Nearly 130 fourth grade students from Brighton and Lakeview Elementary Schools joined together to create an unforgettable performance for their schools, families and community members. In RVA, dancers from the 5th-8th grade afterschool program, Team XXL, presented their performance, Return to the River, to Tribe members at the Rappahannock Tribal Cultural Center for input and feedback before they begin their 16-17 performance season. Return to the River is a 30 minute performance that shares the values and practices of the Tribe today. The year-long Minds In Motion classes in Richmond and Charlottesville have included open classes for parents throughout the month of October. Students are sharing their initial experience with dance and having their first experience with an audience. Thanks to all of the parents who have taken the time out of their weekdays to come to class and see what Minds In Motion is all about. Check out our latest news below to stay connected with our Outreach Programming!
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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A FIELD TRIP STUDENTS WILL REMEMBER LONG AFTER THE CURTAIN COMES DOWN
We invite teachers and their students to join us for a performance just for school audiences at the beautiful Chrysler Hall in Norfolk on December 2nd, or the historic Carpenter Theatre in downtown Richmond on December 14th.
The Nutcracker youth performance features a pre-performance look at the behind-the-scenes preparations for the start of the show and a conversation with dancers from the professional company who will be performing that day. The production crew and dancers are in place for the top of the show. The orchestra has tuned their instruments. House lights dim and the curtain goes up. Bring your students and share the excitement of a live performance.
Links for the reservation forms can be found here.
We’ll see you at the theatre!
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