Abi Goldstein, of Sarasota, Florida, began her professional training at The Sarasota Ballet School. She attended summer programs at The School of American Ballet and Miami City Ballet School. As a trainee at Boston Ballet for two seasons, Abi performed with both the company and Boston Ballet II. Abi spent two years with Richmond Ballet II and is excited to begin her seventh season with the professional company.
Education & Training
Sarasota Ballet, a trainee at Boston Ballet for two years (Pao Scholarship), and Summer Programs at School of American Ballet and Miami City Ballet.
Professional Experience / Career Highlights
Being able to be a professional dancer and perform regularly is an achievement every day!
What inspired you to become a professional dancer?
I’ve always loved the challenge and physicality of ballet. Being able to put on a costume and be a part of a different world is exciting for me and is one of the reasons I love ballet so much!
What is your favorite role that you’ve performed?
I really enjoyed performing Jerome Robbins’ In the Night. Not only did I love the dancing, but it was such an amazing experience to be on stage with the pianist. Being able to combine two art forms to create something beautiful was definitely a highlight for me.
What do you enjoy about being part of Richmond Ballet?
Richmond Ballet is a great organization to be a part of because it is a very caring and supportive community.
What do you like about living in Richmond?
Living in Richmond has been fun for me because of the variety of activities available! I love getting outside and being so close to the river. The amazing Richmond restaurants and museums are some of my favorite places to visit. There is so much history in Richmond; I have enjoyed getting to learn about it while living here.
What hobbies or activities do you enjoy doing off-stage?
Off-stage I love doing yoga, reading, playing with my cat, and spending time with friends.
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.