Jennifer Archibald’s new ballet Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, inspired by the 1967 film, premieres at Richmond Ballet November 1-6.
For years, young dancers fresh out of high school who wanted to continue their training were faced with a choice: Join a trainee program or enroll as a dance major at a four-year university. Nowadays, the options are vast, ranging from one-year postgraduate training programs and second company positions to unique partnerships between lauded dance […]
Here are the latest promotions and appointments, plus notable awards and accomplishments from the last two months. Comings & Goings Ma Cong has been named associate artistic director at Richmond Ballet. He will serve in an adjunct capacity before joining full-time in 2022. New Zealand Dance Company has appointed Victoria Colombus and James O’Hara co-artistic […]
Throughout my ballet training, I never felt isolated or different. I trained in the School of Richmond Ballet where the focus of my teachers included straightening my knees and not sickling my feet, and never landed on my being from a mixed race background. As I rose through the ranks of the school, the emphasis […]
Here are the latest promotions, appointments and transfers, plus notable awards and accomplishments from the last month. Comings & Goings At The Royal Ballet, Anna Rose O’Sullivan and Luca Acri have been promoted to first soloist, Romany Pajdak, Isabella Gasparini, Tomas Mock and David Yudes to soloist. Gary Avis and Samantha Raine have been appointed […]
While there are more women making dance than ever before, the question still swirls: Do they have the same programming and mentoring opportunities as their male counterparts? This spring, Ballet West and the University of Southern California are choosing to tackle the question head-on, with performances and residencies that focus on female dancemakers. National Choreographic […]
Ever dream of having one of your dance videos go viral online? The experience may not be all that you expect. Four dance artists reflect on their sudden fame after their videos became online sensations: Kirk Henning is a company member at Richmond Ballet. You’ve seen Henning and his groomsmen dancing for fellow company member […]
Many productions feature the traditional Act II dances that have been challenged as negative stereotypes. We asked three directors their opinions. Ronald Alexander Program director of the professional training programs at Steps on Broadway and the director of Harlem School of the Arts Prep Program. The whole ballet tradition is inherently racist, so the traditional […]