Richmond Ballet: Dreams Start Here

Richmond Ballet_Dreams Start Here CoverIt’s never too late to start dancing.

Six days a week the studios at the School of Richmond Ballet (SRB) are filled with students chasing their dreams. Dreams of performing on stage. Dreams of meeting their favorite ballet dancer. Dreams of putting on a tutu or those first pair of pointe shoes. Dreams of being swept away in the music and just flying across the floor.

You may think that your child is too old to start dancing, especially ballet, but that is not necessarily so. From Invitation to the Dance classes for 3-5 year olds to Pre-Primary, Primary, Lower I, Accelerated Basic, and Teen Ballet for ages 6 – 17 (and even Intro to Ballet for adults), SRB invites students of all ages to launch their dreams in the home of Richmond Ballet located downtown at 407 E. Canal Street.

When asked what makes SRB unique, Associate School Director Training Divisions Tara Penick explained that “it’s not only the live musical accompaniment for each class and our world-class faculty, but that our classes take place in the same state-of-the-art building where our professional company rehearses.”

In the school’s lower division, students learn the story of full-length ballets, touch the costumes, learn bits of actual choreography from the production, watch the Company in rehearsal and then in performance. Older students have unparalleled mentoring sessions with professional company dancers throughout the year. Girls ages 7+ and boys ages 9+ even have the opportunity to audition to perform with the Richmond Ballet in classic story ballets such as The Nutcracker and Cinderella.

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This season, the 35th anniversary of the professional company has afforded more than 60 students an exciting chance to perform in the Company’s 35th Anniversary Celebration on September 28th and 29th at Dominion Energy Center for the Performing Arts.

Dancing alongside former Richmond Ballet dancer and current Director of Richmond Ballet II Igor Antonov and to a Stravinsky score played live by the Richmond Symphony, the girls will open the celebration with Jerome Robbins’ Circus Polka, a lively piece featuring 48 students and a dapper ringmaster.

Olivia, an SRB student dancing in Circus Polka, spoke about what it’s like performing with the professional company onstage: “It’s really fun. The energy is so exciting and the dancers are always powerful and ready to go. Everyone has big smiles and wishes each other good luck.”

Although ballet classes make up a large portion of classes at SRB, children and adults may also take classes in modern, jazz, tap, character, and theatre dance. “We hope that our students have an opportunity to explore many different styles and bring their excitement and energy into the studio,” explains Penick. “Bringing young people together with live music to study this classical art form while still cultivating the joy of movement is what our faculty strives for with each class.” 

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Inspire your child’s dreams today.

Learn more about SRB and register for classes at Or, purchase tickets to see both SRB students and the Richmond Ballet professional dancers on stage in the not-to-be-missed 35th Anniversary Celebration. Performances take place Friday, September 28th at 7pm and Saturday, September 29th at 2pm and 7pm. Tickets start at just $25 and can be purchased online at or by calling the Richmond Ballet Box Office at 804.344.0906 x 224.

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