COVID-19 Update: June 29, 2020
As of June 29, Richmond Ballet is opening our building to School of Richmond Ballet students attending summer classes. Following local government guidelines as well as recommendations from our medical task force, we have established specific building entry and class protocols which all students have received. In addition to our in-studio classes, some School of Richmond Ballet camps and classes will be live streamed. Our building continues to be closed to the general public and many administrative staff continue to work from home. All staff can be reached either by phone or email.
Thank you for your patience as we work toward reopening. Please don’t hesitate to call us at 804.344.0906 with any questions.
COVID-19 Update: June 1, 2020
We have been working diligently on plans for our 2020 Summer Intensive. The City of Richmond is just entering Phase 1 today of the Governor’s plan to reopen the Commonwealth. Prior to this, we were not able to proceed with any projections about our summer training other than to say that we would make decisions by the end of the month. As we enter Phase 1 today, delayed by two weeks from the surrounding counties, we are creating safe protocols with our RB medical task force for re-entering our Richmond Ballet studios. We are planning two scenarios for this summer’s training – one in person and one that would be virtual. As previously announced, our Summer Intensive has been moved back by two weeks. It is now scheduled from July 6th until August 7th (Monday through Friday – no Saturdays).
Our SRB Summer Intensive will not look like the Intensives in the past, BUT we are very excited to offer training in person. The plans for training at Richmond Ballet will involve placing students into cohorts of 15 or less. Students will remain with the same group throughout the five week session. Students will enter & exit the building with staggered class schedules and will not change studios during the day. Students will not have use of the lockers and no lunch break will be scheduled. Students will be able to have a small snack in their assigned studio between classes. Families will have to comply with temperature checks, medical questionnaires, and social distancing. Only students will be allowed to enter our building. The studios have been marked into grids to space students safely in each studio.
June 15th is our new deadline for registration of students who would like to join this summer for an in-person Summer Intensive. Please see the attached for new times and pricing. Enrollment is limited as we can only accept students up to the number safely allowed in each studio. Students who were currently registered for our Summer Intensive will be given priority. After June 15th, if there are available slots remaining, we will open registration to students on the wait list.
All of the safety protocols are being produced in a document by our RB medical task force and will be sent Friday, June 5th along with directions for registration. We have also crafted a Virtual training option which can be implemented by those students who cannot come to the building.
COVID-19 Update: May 29, 2020
Minds In Motion Summer Camps
As of today, Friday May 29th, we will be cancelling our July camp session, however, we are making plans to adapt and move forward with programming in the month of August with significant changes put into place to be able to maintain appropriate social distancing, and cleaning precautions! Rather than offer our traditional two week, full day camp (August 10-21, 9am-4pm) with a maximum of 32 dancers, we will now be offering six, half day, one week camps with a maximum of 15 people in the studio at a time. While times are ever changing and uncertain, we hope to be able to provide a sense of community and (socially distanced) togetherness for our dancers. We miss seeing all of you and hope to be able to dance together again safely and soon.
For details on our new MIM summer camp offerings, visit richmondballet.com/mimsummer.
COVID-19 Update: May 1, 2020
School of Richmond Ballet Summer Intensive is still happening as of May 1, 2020. We have been planning different scenarios based on what the restrictions will be this summer following Virginia’s Stay At Home Order from the Governor which is currently scheduled to last until June 10th. We HAVE decided to move the start date of the Summer Intensive to July 6th, 2020. The Summer Intensive will still run for five weeks through August 8th. We will offer some classes in June to allow students to regain strength and stamina prior to the start of the Summer Intensive. We will be making a final decision on what the Summer Intensive will look like by the end of May. The deadline for full tuition payment has been extended until June 1st, 2020. If you choose not to attend, we will offer a full refund of all deposits/fees. We have also decided NOT to offer a supervised housing option in the hotel. If students who are not local still wish to join us this summer, they are welcome to find their own accommodations in order to do so. The Delta Hotel has offered a special rate for students, however it would be without Richmond Ballet chaperoned supervision. Please contact email@example.com for hotel contact information.
We are currently considering the following options:
1. Full Summer Intensive Program with the later start date of July 6th – some
new social distancing guidelines in place.
2. Hybrid Summer Intensive Program – with some studio time, some virtual
3. Virtual Summer Intensive Program – online classes only, approximately 3 –
3.5 hours per day with reduced tuition.
As this is an on-going situation, please check back here regularly for updates.
We sincerely hope we will be able to welcome you this summer to awaken and
uplift spirits through the beautiful art form of dance!
COVID-19 Update: April 24, 2020
To our Richmond Ballet community,
This is certainly not how I thought my 40th season with Richmond Ballet would come to a close. For six weeks now, our professional dancers, faculty, and students have not been in the studio, our Minds In Motion teaching artists have not been in the classroom, and our staff has been working from home. Our annual fundraising gala, tours, and lecture demonstrations have all been cancelled, and just last week we announced to ticket holders that our Studio Two and Three performances have been postponed, meaning that we will not be performing again this season. All of this would have been unthinkable as we closed our glorious, sold-out run of Swan Lake on February 16.
Over the past month, I have been amazed and inspired by our faculty, staff, and dancers who have pivoted to find new ways to connect with our students and our community. The School of Richmond Ballet faculty and Minds In Motion teaching artists have developed virtual classrooms, allowing thousands of students to continue to stay engaged physically, intellectually, and socially. Our professional dancers are mentoring students through virtual Q&A sessions and tutorials. Our costume shop and other staff members are sewing masks and delivering them to communities in need. Behind the scenes, we are working on new ways to share the beauty of our performances with you.
I am also pleased to share that Richmond Ballet has committed to paying all of its employees for the remainder of the season. The organization would not exist without this passionate and compassionate group of people who dedicate themselves without fail to make dance of our level exist in the Commonwealth. Our people are the most important asset we have, and I’m proud that we are able to support them during these challenging times.
During tough days such as these, we turn to the arts to bring connection to loneliness, comfort to sadness, and light to darkness. We are working together to produce an exciting 20/21 season which I look forward to sharing with you soon, and at the same time, we are making preparations to adapt in creative ways should we need to protect the health of our community. In the meantime, I invite you to bring Richmond Ballet into your home by following us on social media or visiting richmondballet.com/rb-at-home. My hope is that the content will continue to awaken and uplift your spirit until we can be together again.
Our Richmond Ballet community is a family, and that includes you – our donors, subscribers, ticket buyers, and fans. These are extraordinary times, and as I finish my 40th season, I have never been more proud to be a part of this family.
Stoner Winslett, Artistic Director
COVID-19 Update: April 17, 2020
All of us at Richmond Ballet are committed to the need to take significant measures to protect the health of our community, and today we officially announce that we will not be performing for the remainder of this season in response to Governor Northam’s “stay at home” request through June 10.
Instead of canceling Studio Two and Studio Three, we are pleased to share that we have rescheduled them for the fall. The dancers, choreographers, and designers have been hard at work creating these ballets, and we believe it would be a loss to not share their beautiful work with the world. Now more than ever we are reminded of our mission to awaken and uplift the human spirit both for audiences and dancers.
Studio Two and Studio Three ticketholders should have received an email with more details. Please call our Box Office at 804.344.0906 x224 with any questions.
We are excited to share the details of our 20/21 season, which will kick off in November, with you soon! Thank you for your continued support of Richmond Ballet, as well as your patience and understanding, as we respond to this evolving situation. We wish you good health and look forward to the time when we can all be together again!
COVID-19 Update: April 1, 2020
In accordance with Governor Northam’s most recent mandate, the Richmond Ballet building will remain closed to the public through June 10th. While the building is closed, our School, Box Office, and other staff will be working remotely and can be reached either by leaving them a telephone message or via their email. We will be contacting ticket buyers soon with an update regarding our upcoming Studio Theatre performances. Thank you for your patience as we work through the nuances of this evolving situation. Be safe, be well, and we look forward to seeing you again as soon as it is possible!
COVID-19 Update: March 26, 2020
In accordance with Governor Northam’s declaration, the Richmond Ballet building will remain closed to the public through April 23rd. While the building is closed, our School, Box Office, and other staff will be working remotely and can be reached either by leaving them a telephone message or via their email. We will continue to monitor the evolving situation and bring you the latest updates here on our website and on our social platforms. We hope that you and your families remain safe and healthy.
- Our Studio Two: New Works Festival performances, originally scheduled for April 14-19, will now take place June 9-14. At this time, Studio Three in May is scheduled to proceed as planned.
- All professional company and Richmond Ballet II tours have been canceled for the rest of the season.
School of Richmond Ballet
- SRB will remain closed through April 23rd. Our new “Virtual SRB” offers online activities and classes designed to keep students engaged, connected, and moving.
- The SRB Adult Division has switched to livestream classes. Visit MindBody to register for a virtual Ballet Barre, Rhythm & Motion, or Barre fitness class.
- As a result of schools closing for the remainder of the year, all Minds In Motion classes and culminating performances, as well as lecture demonstrations, have been canceled.
- The Kentucky Derby Party has been canceled and Gala in the River City has been postponed. Stay tuned for more details.
COVID-19 Update: March 24, 2020
For the protection of our community and in light of current CDC and government guidelines, our Studio Two performances, originally scheduled for April 14-19, have been rescheduled for June 9-14. We are grateful to the choreographers, dancers, and staff who rearranged their schedules to allow us to still bring the New Works Festival to life this season.
If you have purchased tickets to Studio Two, your tickets will automatically be transferred to the corresponding day/time in June. If these dates do not work for you or if you have any questions, please contact our Box Office by phone at 804.344.0906 x224 or by email here.
At this time, Studio Three in May is scheduled to proceed as planned, but we will make a final decision as to its status no later than May 1.
We will continue to monitor the latest CDC and local government guidelines and will continue to post updates both here on our website and on social media.
As always, and especially now, your support of Richmond Ballet means so much to us. We look forward to welcoming you back to the theatre as soon as it is safe. Until then, we are keeping all of you in our thoughts and dancing with you in spirit!
COVID-19 Update: March 16, 2020
With the health and safety of our artists, staff, and community in mind, we have decided to close the Richmond Ballet building for the next two weeks from today through Sunday, March 29th. This is in addition to the closures previously announced regarding the School of Richmond Ballet and Minds In Motion. While the building is closed, our School, Box Office, and other staff will be working remotely and can be reached either by leaving them a telephone message or via their email. At this time, we plan to re-open on Monday, March 30. We will continue to monitor the evolving situation and bring you the latest updates here on our social platforms and on our website. We hope that you and your families remain safe and healthy.
We are appreciative of your understanding at this time.
COVID-19 Update: March 12, 2020
As we monitor the changing climate of COVID-19, the health and safety of our Richmond Ballet family is our top priority. As such, please see the updates below:
School of Richmond Ballet
School of Richmond Ballet will be closed for two full weeks starting Monday, March 16 through Saturday, March 28. Classes, rehearsals, and auditions this Friday and Saturday will be held as scheduled.
Minds in Motion Team XL classes will also be canceled March 16-27.
Gala in the River City
Our Gala in the River City event will no longer be held on March 21. In its place, please save the date for Ballet Bash at the Derby on May 2.
Minds In Motion
All Minds In Motion classes at area schools have been canceled from March 16-March 27 including Team XL after school programs.
This is a rapidly changing and unknown environment, and we will continue to keep you updated via our website and social platforms. May we all continue to uplift and awaken the human spirit during this time.