Our Professional Company
The professional company was established in 2019 and offers a wide range of performances from classical favorites like “The Nutcracker” and “Sleeping Beauty” to contemporary world-premieres. The company employs talented and diverse dancers from the Hampton Roads area and beyond. They bring the finest training, artistry and experience to our stages. We are honored to be working with them.
“It’s exciting to work with such an amazing group of diverse dancers from all over the country. The range these dancers have from their ballet to contemporary skills will bring so much artistry, passion and fire to the stage! Along with dynamic new works, I think Hampton Roads will be proud to call us their professional ballet company.” says Lydia Roberts Coco, Ballet Virginia’s professional company artistic director and choreographer.
Our academy students have opportunities to work side-by-side with our professional dancers throughout the season. This keeps us true to our mission of nurturing and inspiring young dancers and supporting a thriving dance culture in the Hampton Roads area.
“We’re thrilled to foster mentoring relationships between our students and our company members,” says Suzanne Lownsbury, Co-Director. “Having these dancers living here in Hampton Roads gives our students a window into the daily life of a professional dancer. And, 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 additional 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.
Second Company (BVII)
Ballet Virginia’s Second Company, known as BVII, is a pre-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 instruction. BVII students may be invited to Ballet Virginia Company class and rehearsals to understudy company member roles as a trainee.