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Second place: Grace Arts
Third place: Richmond Urban Dance
The Richmond Ballet is known as one of the best regional dance companies in the country. But as it heads into its 37th season, that doesn’t mean it’s been spared from the significant impacts of the pandemic.
As Managing Director Brett Bonda notes: “During our months of sheltering in place, I was amazed and inspired by the dedication of our dancers and students who moved the studio into their homes, the creativity of our faculty and staff who transitioned to virtual classes, and the generosity of our patrons and families who turned their tickets, sponsorships and tuition into donations.” He adds that as it heads into the upcoming season, the entire team has been working on programming that will allow the ballet to continue to “further our mission of awakening and uplifting the human spirit.”
Sounds good about now.
“We look forward to performing on our Studio Theatre stage with socially distant seating in place, as soon as possible, hopefully as early as this fall,” he adds.
This summer, it is offering virtual School of Richmond Ballet and in-studio Minds in Motion summer camps in August. The ballet also plans to kick off the season with Studio Theatre performances in September, October and November. Follow it on Facebook or Instagram or visit its website.