Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Richmond Ballet, Inc.

  • Richmond, VA
  • www.richmondballet.com

Mission Statement

For more than three decades, Richmond Ballet has been guided by a mission that is both simple and grand in scope: to awaken and uplift the human spirit through dance. To achieve this, the State Ballet of Virginia presents professional ballet performances that meet the highest standards of excellence; trains ballet dancers, both student and professional; and excites and nurtures a love of dance with engaging education and outreach programs.

Main Programs

  1. Richmond Ballet Performance Season
  2. Richmond Ballet On Tour and Richmond Ballet II
  3. The School of Richmond Ballet
  4. MINDS IN MOTION
  5. Community Education and Outreach

ruling year

1960

chief executive for fy 1980

Ms. Stoner Winslett

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co-chief executive for fy 2011

Mr. Brett D. Bonda

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Keywords

dance, ballet, arts education

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EIN

54-6049848

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Dance (A62)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Impact statement

During the 2014-15 Season, Richmond Ballet:Celebrated the 40th Anniversary of The School of Richmond Ballet, one of the finest dance education and training programs in the country, and in honor of this milestone, staged The Enchanted Toy Shop, a one act ballet uniquely designed to feature SRB's middle and high school-aged ballet students.Introduced dance, movement, choreography and performance to more than 20,000 children across the state through our outreach program, Minds In Motion, which celebrated its 20th Anniversary this year. Embarked on its first Asian tour through China in May 2015 which began with performances at the ""Meet in Beijing"" Arts Festival at the world-renowned Beijing's National Centre for the Performing Arts, and then continued to Jinan, Dezhou and Shanghai. Welcomed two Principal Dancers from the world-renowned dance company, the National Ballet of China, to perform the lead roles in Nicolas Beriozoff's Don Quixote alongside the Richmond Ballet professional company at Richmond CenterStage's Carpenter Theatre. Returned to the Carpenter Theatre for the Minds In Motion year-end production, featuring performances from 1,300 students for a growing audience of nearly 5,000 Goals for the 2015 - 2016 Season: For the third year in a row, Richmond Ballet will present Stoner Winslett's full-length production of The Nutcracker, accompanied by the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, featuring local students from more than 20 different area dance schools, at Chrysler Hall, a premiere performing arts venue in the Hampton Roads area.Minds In Motion will continue its partnership with Central Virginia, Charlottesville, and Israel, as this outstanding program continues to share the joy of movement and reach more students.Continue to support the creation of new work by commissioning and presenting three new ballets as part of its Studio Series, featuring choreographers such as Val Caniparoli and Melissa Barak.

Programs

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Program 1

Richmond Ballet Performance Season

Each year, our professional company presents a full season of performances on two Richmond stages: the Carpenter Theatre at Richmond CenterStage and Richmond Ballet's own Studio Theatre. Our performance season includes the following programs: Studio Series - Three productions presented in the state-of-the-art, 250-seat Studio Theatre located in the Ballet's building in downtown Richmond. Each Studio Series production typically features nine performances of a world premiere ballet paired with significant works from the Ballet's repertory. The productions have become a must-see for dance lovers who relish the opportunity to experience exceptional, ground-breaking dance performances presented in a casual, intimate setting. Story Ballet Productions - Full-length, classic works performed to live orchestral accompaniment in the beautifully-renovated Carpenter Theatre. We present two story ballet productions in a season, including our signature holiday classic, The Nutcracker.

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Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

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Program 2

Richmond Ballet On Tour and Richmond Ballet II

As The State Ballet of Virginia, Richmond Ballet is a resource for all Virginians and an ambassador for the state in communities across the country. In addition to our local programs, we undertake fall and spring tours that provide professional dance performances and education programs to thousands of people in communities across the state that lack access to professional dance. In recent years, we have also worked to extend our reach beyond the borders of our home state and share our extraordinary company of artists with the international dance community. We have been fortunate to appear on both the national and international stage, with recent performance engagements at the Linbury Theatre in London's Royal Opera House, The Joyce Theater in New York, the "Spring to Dance Festival" in St. Louis, Missouri, and the "Ballet Across America" festival at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. In May 2015, Richmond Ballet, The State Ballet of Virginia, performed at the 15th Annual 'Meet in Beijing' Arts Festival in Beijing, China at the National Centre for the Performing Arts. The trip marked the Ballet's first journey to Asia, and the organization's second international tour,.

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Program 3

The School of Richmond Ballet

Founded in 1975, the School of Richmond Ballet provides year-round dance instruction, from beginner to pre-professional levels. Classes are not audition-based, but open to anyone who wants to learn to dance. We offer a varied curriculum taught by a world-class faculty in a state-of-the-art facility shared with Richmond Ballet's professional company of dancers. Financial aid and scholarships are awarded to help qualifying students pursue a dance education at the School. Further, the School's pre-professional programs are recognized among the best in the nation and have served as a successful training ground for many of Richmond Ballet's professional company members. More than half of the Ballet's current professional dancers received some or all of their dance training through the School. Other graduates have enjoyed professional dance careers with other national companies, including American Ballet Theatre and New York City Ballet.

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Program 4

MINDS IN MOTION

Richmond Ballet's Minds In Motion (MIM) is a year-long program that is part of the fourth-grade curriculum in 26 Central Virginia and Charlottesville elementary schools. It provides students a chance to study and perform dance in weekly classes, interact with professional dancers, present performances for a live audience and attend professional ballet performances. MIM classes are accessible to all students, including those with physical disabilities and other special needs. Students learn teamwork and self-discipline along with dance steps and a sense of self-confidence and accomplishment that they carry with them long after their fourth-grade year. Now entering its 21st year, MIM reaches across social-economic and racial backgrounds to offer at-risk and more privileged students a shared, in-depth experience with dance. The program currently serves more than 1,700 students in Richmond and other communities across the Commonwealth.

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Program 5

Community Education and Outreach

Richmond Ballet strives to engage the community by making professional dance accessible through education and outreach programs. We offer the following activities in Central Virginia and on tour across the state: Lecture-Demonstrations - in-school performances that tie directly to a specific classic story ballet production, such as Don Quixote or Cinderella. The dancers introduce the classic story on which the ballet is based, explore the ways in which dancers use movement, costumes and scenery to bring stories to life onstage, and offer insight into the life of a professional dancer. Audience participation is encouraged. Youth Performances - abbreviated daytime productions that are performed for elementary school children. Staged in conjunction with Richmond Ballet's full-length story ballet productions, including The Nutcracker, youth performances for Central Virginia students are presented in the Carpenter Theatre at Richmond CenterStage. Master Classes, Company Class Observations and Rehearsal Viewings - activities that allow community members to meet our artists and gain insight into the inner workings of a professional ballet company.

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Funding Needs

Richmond Ballet's most pressing needs include:Securing creative capital to support the commission and presentation of new ballets and to facilitate the presentation of dynamic, innovative works that meet the highest standards of excellence and engage and expand the audience for professional ballet.Replacing and repairing existing sets and costumes for The Nutcracker and other story ballet productions to keep the organization's critically acclaimed productions fresh and inspiring.Funding to sustain and expand Richmond Ballet education and outreach initiatives, including Richmond Ballet II, the Minds In Motion program and scholarships for School of Richmond Ballet students, to enable the organization to serve substantially more citizens of the Commonwealth and introduce dance to new audiences of all ages.Staging the Minds In Motion year-end production to the Carpenter Theatre at Richmond CenterStage.Maintaining and renovating the organization's building on Canal Street in downtown Richmond and improving the Ballet's technological systems to facilitate greater accessibility to the widest possible public and to ensure that Richmond Ballet's staff and Board are equipped to support the organization in reaching its artistic and strategic goals.

Affiliations + Memberships

CultureWorks

ConnectRichmond

Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce

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The Richmond Ballet
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
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Richmond Ballet, Inc.

Leadership

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CHIEF EXECUTIVE FOR FISCAL YEAR

Ms. Stoner Winslett

co-chief executive

Mr. Brett D. Bonda

BIO

Stoner Winslett is the founding Artistic Director of the Richmond Ballet professional company. Under her direction, Richmond Ballet has established the first major company of professional dancers in the Commonwealth, commissioned 59 new works from choreographers from around the world, introduced the acclaimed Minds In Motion program into area schools, and renovated and occupied its landmark downtown Richmond building on Canal Street. She led the company through its highly successful 2005 debut at The Joyce Theater in New York. This appearance was followed by three return New York City engagements, as well as debut performances at the Chicago Dancing Festival and Spring to Dance Festival in St. Louis. In June 2012, the company made its international debut in the Linbury Theatre at London's Royal Opera House. During her tenure with Richmond Ballet, Ms. Winslett has built an impressive repertory for the company with a foundation of full-length classics and 20th Century masters coupled with a strong commitment to new work. Her own choreography is part of the backbone of the company's repertory, including her acclaimed version of The Nutcracker. Ms. Winslett's work has been recognized both regionally and nationally with numerous appointments and honors. She served as a Cadmus Leader-in-Residence at the Jepson School at the University of Richmond, was named a YWCA Woman of the Year and was chosen by "Style Weekly" as one of the 100 must influential Richmonders of the 20th Century. In 2008, she received jointly with Richmond Ballet the Governor's Award for the Arts. Ms. Winslett has served on arts panels for several state arts councils and the National Endowment for the Arts, for which she has also been a site visitor. She was a vice-chair of Dance/USA and currently serves as president of the John Butler Foundation. In February 2005, she received The Smith College Medal, the highest honor the college confers on an alumna.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mrs. Selina Rainey

Community Volunteer

Term: July 2015 - June 2016

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