Kate Anderson, originally from Kansas City, Missouri, started ballet training at Kansas City Ballet School when she was 11. At age 18 she was invited to join Kansas City Ballet’s second company as a trainee. Kate then found her way to Richmond Ballet where she was a trainee for two seasons before being promoted to Richmond Ballet II. Kate is excited to begin her second season with the company.
Education & Training
Kansas City Ballet School, Kansas City Ballet Second Company, and Ballet Austin Summer Intensive.
What inspired you to become a professional dancer?
I wanted an outlet where I could express my artistry and physicality and found that through dance.
What do you enjoy about being part of Richmond Ballet?
I love the close-knit family that Richmond Ballet fosters.
What do you like about living in Richmond?
I love all of the parks and being so close to the ocean and mountains.
What hobbies or activities do you enjoy doing off-stage?
I enjoy baking, reading, and running.
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.