Marjorie Sherman was born and raised in Richmond, VA. She began dancing at School of Richmond Ballet at the age of six, and spent two years as a Richmond Ballet trainee. This is Marjorie’s second season with RBII.
Education & Training
School of Richmond Ballet, Appomattox Regional Governor’s School for the Arts and Technology, and Richmond Ballet Trainee
What inspired you to become a professional dancer?
I became inspired to become a professional dancer while watching the company dancers rehearse. Seeing them strive for perfection made me want to experience that same ambition.
What do you enjoy about being part of Richmond Ballet?
I enjoy being part of a place where I feel comfortable to try new things. The dancers are so supportive of each other which creates an amazing environment for continuous growth.
What do you like about living in Richmond?
I am grateful to have grown up in a city so immersed in the arts. Richmond is filled with many creatives. Whether their art is in a museum, at a festival, or on the stage, it is all appreciated here!
What hobbies or activities do you enjoy doing off-stage?
I love anything that involves going outdoors. Some of my favorite things outside of dance are yoga, listening to live music, and taking walks around Richmond.
Our professional company is made up of elite dancers from around the world who have helped earn Richmond Ballet critical acclaim. Dance/USA says Richmond Ballet is “a jewel among U.S. dance companies,” while The Washington Post calls it “a company to which dance fans everywhere ought to pay attention.” We’re proud of all that our company dancers bring to Richmond, and the world.
Richmond Ballet II, our second performing company, is comprised of talented young dancers between the ages of 18 and 22. RBII members perform their own diverse repertoire on tour across the Commonwealth as well as alongside the main company in mainstage productions.
Founded in 1993, the nationally recognized Richmond Ballet Trainee Program offers select advanced students a transitional experience to bridge the gap between the academic ballet setting and the world of professional dance. The Richmond Ballet Trainee Program is one of the few in this country that enables aspiring dancers to pursue formal dance training and gain valuable performance experience with a professional company.
For over 40 years, Stoner Winslett has served as the founding Artistic Director of Richmond Ballet, the first major company of professional dancers in the Commonwealth of Virginia. She is one of the longest tenured artistic directors of a major ballet company and one of the country’s few female artistic directors. In June 2020, acclaimed choreographer Ma Cong joined Richmond Ballet as its first ever Associate Artistic Director.
The Artistic Staff at Richmond Ballet is made up of international professionals who each bring incredible talent, expertise, and credentials to their respective roles. With impressive backgrounds and world experience, they offer a unique perspective that has helped shape our organization over the years.