After 11 years of offering high quality training to the Hampton Roads community, we are proud to announce the debut of our professional ballet company. Get ready for exciting new repertoire this season, including “Diversity in Dance,” choreographed by Lydia Roberts Coco, former Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre Principal Dancer; “Masquerade,” a Halloween inspired production; as well as your classic favorites like “The Nutcracker” and “Sleeping Beauty.”
Now the heart of ballet is here in Hampton Roads.
Our brand new full-time company consists of ten amazing dancers from the Hampton Roads area and beyond. They are bringing the finest training and experience to our stages, and we are honored to be launching with them!
At Ballet Virginia, we didn’t take the road most traveled. Instead, we built a thriving ballet academy with our team of dedicated teachers, and we allowed our professional company to evolve from it, seed to flower. This is important to us because our academy students will be absolutely clear about what it takes to become a professional dancer because they are living it every single day. This keeps us true to our mission of nurturing dance ambassadors and supporting a thriving dance culture in the Hampton Roads area.
Not only will our company members be bringing you great performances, but they will also be stepping in as teachers and choreographers as Ballet Virginia expands its academy to two locations.
“We’re excited to foster mentoring relationships between our students and our company members,” says Suzanne Lownsbury Co-Artistic Director. “Having these dancers living here in Hampton Roads will really give our students a window into the daily life of a professional dancer. And now our students will have a wonderful place to begin their professional careers when they are ready.”
Aside from our full-time professional company, we have two other divisions to help create and guide the next generation of professional dancers in Hampton Roads:
Ballet Virginia’s Apprentice Program is designed to offer dancers ages 18+ the opportunity to experience life in a professional environment with our professional company. This scholarship program allows dancers exposure to the demanding rigor of a professional dance career. Ballet Virginia Apprentices, will start the day with morning company ballet class followed by all company rehearsals where they will be cast and rehearse for all professional company productions.
Second Company – Professional Division
The Professional Division of Ballet Virginia’s Second Company is a professional training opportunity for dancers with the potential and desire to become professional dancers. Students invited to this division concentrate on perfecting technique and developing artistry through intensive full-day instruction. Second Company students in the professional division may be called to Ballet Virginia Company class and rehearsals where they will understudy company member roles. Annual tuition for this rigorous program is $7,000.