Kaeley Andrews was born and raised in Richmond, VA. At the age of eleven, she began dancing at School of Richmond Ballet (SRB). Spending three years as a Richmond Ballet trainee, this is Kaeley’s first season with RBII.
Education & Training
I started dancing at a local studio outside of Richmond at the age of four. I then came to see my first ballet production here at the Richmond ballet at the age of ten. That next year I joined the school of Richmond ballet. I then moved on to the trainee program, which I was in for three years. This is my first season dancing in the professional company.
What inspired you to become a professional dancer?
After being in The Nutcracker and watching all of the professional dancers perform their main rolls, I knew I wanted to be in their shoes one day!
What do you enjoy about being part of Richmond Ballet?
I love how everyone from the dancers, faculty, and even production team are so friendly. Everyone in this building is working towards the same goal, which makes it a great environment for the whole team.
What do you like about living in Richmond?
I like living in Richmond mainly because it is such an artsy city. Everywhere you go there is some sort or art form around.
What hobbies or activities do you enjoy doing off-stage?
I love doing outdoor activities in my free time. My family and I are very into camping. It is a great way to enjoy the outdoors while relaxing and spending time with them.
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.
Richmond Ballet Trainees - Second Year
First Row: Savannah Cherry, Sage Polak, Emma Block, Gianna DeMassio
Second Row: Sarah Shaw, Gabrielle Goodson, Maia Culbreath, Carrington Martin
Third Row: Madeline Duritza, Seth Mostofsky, Allison Bell, Darius Mealy, Claire Duritza
Richmond Ballet Trainees - First Year
First Row: Kennady Jackson, Ella Warren, Katrina May Thomas
Second Row: Carter Bush, Kendall Taylor, Parker Edmondson, Sheridan Brown, Anna Orzulak, Garrett Janiak
Third Row: Cade Bolz, Gavin Haas, Ephraim Bullock, Daniel Miller
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. 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.