Welcome to Richmond Ballet Outreach ProgrammingCat Studdard

Welcome to Richmond Ballet Outreach! We are dedicated to bringing the unique and special power of dance to communities across Virginia and across the Atlantic in Israel.  Our 2017-18 year began with our engaging adaptation of The Sleeping Beauty traveling to all Chesterfield County Elementary Schools as well as elementary schools in Charlottesville and Albemarle County. Here’s what students and teachers are saying about The Sleeping Beauty performance, “Excellent in every way! “ “My students were copying the dance moves at recess. “ “They kissed….ewww!”

Following the wonderful success in Portsmouth, the Minds in Motion residency program returned to Richmond. Teaching Artists, Ben Malone and Susannah Piersol, were joined by musician, Bentley Cobb, to bring the joy and athleticism of dance to the 4th-graders at St. Christopher’s School. The boys wowed the students at their in-school performance and got everyone dancing and exercising their historical thinking skills at the community performance

In the New Year, the residency program is off to Israel, for a cross-cultural, multi-lingual celebration of movement. Meanwhile, participants in the year-long Minds in Motion program have formally begun work on their culminating performance. Soon they will be ready to share a sneak peek of the finale dance at school PTO meetings. From there, it’s a surprisingly short road to the big stage!

Minds In Motion culminating performances will take place at Dominion Energy Center’s Carpenter Theatre in Richmond, VA, on April 26th and 27th and at Martin Luther King, Jr. Performing Arts Center in Charlottesville, VA, on May 31st. Save the date!!

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It was a cold and snowy month…

in Richmond, but not for the lucky members of the Minds in Motion residency team, who packed their bags for new adventures in Israel! This January, teaching artists Jordan Glunt and Katherine Smothers, along with musician Bentley Cobb, spent two weeks moving and grooving with children from Al Salam School and Beit Yitzhak Elementary School. Additional support came in the form of teaching apprentice (and Richmond MIM alum) Alex Zaslav and Tel-Aviv based musician Guy Frati. So what does Minds in Motion look like when the teachers speak English, half…
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Richmond Ballet Outreach Announcements

Youth performance reservations are still being accepted.  Teachers bring your students pre-K through 12th grade for a memorable field trip to Carpenter Theatre in Richmond on February 9th. Students and teachers alike will enjoy the pre-performance preparations by the production crew and dancers and be treated to a beautiful performance. More information and reservation forms can be found here. We’ll see you at the theatre!

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