Outreach Programming

Welcome to Richmond Ballet Outreach ProgrammingCat Studdard

Anticipation for the upcoming year is building. From Lecture Demonstrations and Youth Performances to Community Dance Connection and Minds In Motion, Richmond Ballet Outreach is excited to begin the season. This year the Lecture Demonstration will feature an adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. These 45 minute performances bring K-5 elementary audiences closer to the world of professional dance with exquisite performances by RBII that are loaded with audience participation. This season we will present four inspirational Youth Performances: three of our magical Nutcracker and one of the full-length story ballet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  Look for our free Community Dance Connections, open to the public. They give audiences an insider’s view of upcoming performances by having a shared experience with Richmond Ballet professional Company dancers, Ballet Masters and guest speakers. Entering it’s 22nd year, Minds In Motion, the cornerstone of our Outreach programs, will partner with the Rappahannock Tribe of Virginia. Students will connect with the culture, history and traditions of a tribe whose presence in Virginia dates back well before the first English Settlers landed in Jamestown. Minds In Motion Israel will continue to bring together students from a Jewish-Israeli School and an Arab-Israeli School to share in a collaborative experience with dance that erases cultural barriers. Stay connected with our Latest News below to see how Richmond Ballet Outreach aspires to help transform our world through the unique and special power of dance.

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Putting It Together

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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Richmond Ballet Outreach Announcements

Community Dance Connection
Hosted by VCU Department of Dance and Choreography
Dr. E. Gaynell Sherrod, Chair

Free and Open to the Public

Monday, October 10
7:00-8:00 pm
The Dance Center
1315 Floyd Avenue

Join Malcolm Burn and Jerri Kumery, Ballet Masters for Richmond Ballet, along with several dancers from the professional company, for an insider’s understanding of the ballets featured in TRIO — Richmond Ballet’s upcoming performance at the Dominion Arts Center’s Carpenter Theatre. TRIO will feature “The Kingdom of the Shades” from Petipa’s fulllength ballet La Bayadère, a truly classic and breathtaking ballet choreographed in 1877.  Fast-forward to the 20th century contemporary work of George Balanchine’s acclaimed and gritty Slaughter on Tenth Avenue and experience Balanchine’s brilliant and lively choreography.  Ma Cong’s emotional Lift the Fallen, created in 2014, completes the trio.

Richmond Ballet’s Community Dance Connections are a unique way to get inside of dance. The evening includes discussion of the process of staging ballets as well as insight into specific choreography. Participants have the opportunity to learn some of Petipa’s and Balanchine’s choreography and dance with Richmond Ballet professional dancers. TRIO will be presented November 4-6, 2016.




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