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Eight years since its incorporation, The Starr Foster Dance Project is still selling out every show. It still seems phenomenal to the artistic director behind it all, Starr Foster, one of Richmond's leading choreographers.

"I think we've been smart about presenting work that is new and fresh -- our dancers are good, and we've been consistent," Foster says. "But in a nutshell, Richmond has been really great to us."

Foster influences more than her 10-person modern-dance troupe. At 37, she's in her eighth year as an adjunct professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, and is also on faculty at the Richmond Ballet, and St. Christopher's School — All that while guest-lecturing in numerous cities.

When she's not traveling with the Dance Project to perform at various festivals, or holding shows in Richmond, she and her company produce the Annual Richmond Choreographers Showcase, which gives 10 to 12 local and mid-Atlantic choreographers the chance to show their stuff.

Foster also this spring launched The Neighborhood Project, which is dedicated to site-specific works throughout the city: Appomattox Governor's School students performed their work on the rocks in the James River; and Foster's own company did a performance at the Reconciliation statue downtown.

Foster, recipient of the 2006 Theresa Pollack Award for Artistic Excellence, has also worked with the East District Family Resource Center, helping at-risk youth who wouldn't normally have the opportunity to perform.

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