Kumery, Jerri - Richmond Ballet
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Jerri Kumery

Artistic Associate

Hometown: Tulsa, OK // Joined: 2007

Jerri Kumery began her studies at the age of 14 with Roman Jasinski and Moscelyn Larkin in Tulsa, Oklahoma and one year later, she was taken to an audition with Violette Verdy, where she was given a Full Scholarship to attend George Balanchine’s School of American Ballet.

In 1977, Ms. Kumery was invited to join New York City Ballet, under the artistic direction of George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins. During her 10 years, she had the privilege to be an original cast member in George Balanchine’s Mozartiana and in Jerome Robbins’ Antique Epigraphs, I’m Old Fashioned, and In Memory of…

Due to an early retirement in 1987, because of injury to both knees, Barbara Horgan graciously supported Ms. Kumery’s transition, along with coaching and guidance by Victoria Simon, into becoming a Repetiteur for The George Balanchine Trust. For the past 44 years, Ms. Kumery has been staging and passing on Balanchine Works nationally and internationally.

Ms. Kumery has been a Repetiteur for Ballet Teatro Lirico Nacional, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and in 1990 became Ballet Master and Associate Artistic Director with North Carolina Dance Theatre, under the artistic direction of Salvatore Aiello. She served as Acting Artistic Director for the 1995-1996 Season after the passing of Mr. Aiello. She continued to serve as Co-Associate Artistic Director with Patricia McBride, under artistic direction of Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux until 2006.

In May 1997, Ms. Kumery was awarded an Arts & Science Council Fellowship for her meritorious contribution to the artistic community of Charlotte, North Carolina. She created The Salvatore Aiello Trust and Website: salvatoreaiello.org and serves as Curator and Repetiteur to Salvatore Aiello Works.

Jerri Kumery joined the Richmond Ballet in 2007, under the artistic direction of Stoner Winslett.
In 2022, she became an Artistic Associate to Stoner Winslett and Ma Cong and continues to serve Richmond Ballet with much gratitude.

Our Artists

Company Dancers

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.

Cody Beaton
Cody Beaton
Celeste Gaiera
Celeste Gaiera
Enrico Hipolto
Enrico Hipolito
Sabrina Holland
Sabrina Holland
Colin Jacob
Colin Jacob
Khaiyom Khojaev
Khaiyom Khojaev
Jack Miller
Jack Miller
Eri Nishihara
Eri Nishihara
Naomi Robinson
Naomi Robinson
Joe Seaton
Joe Seaton
Sarah Joan Smith
Sarah Joan Smith
Izabella Tokev
Izabella Tokev
Ronald Wagstaff
Ronald Wagstaff
Ira White
Ira White
Naomi Wilson
Naomi Wilson

RBII Dancers

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.

Kaeley Andrews
Kaeley Andrews
Nicole Bui
Nicole Bui
Jackson Calhoun
Jackson Calhoun
Courtney Collier
Courtney Collier
Roland Jones
Roland Jones
Garret McNally
Garret McNally
Zacchaeus Page
Zacchaeus Page
Paul Piner
Paul Piner
Marjorie Sherman
Marjorie Sherman

TRAINEES

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.

Trainee group photo 1

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

Trainee group photo 2

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

Artistic Staff

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.

Headshot of Richmond Ballet Artistic Director Stoner Winslett.
Stoner Winslett
Artistic Director
Ma Cong headshot, Associate Artistic Director.
Ma Cong
Associate Artistic Director
Malcolm Burn headshot, Artistic Associate & Ballet Master.
Malcolm Burn
Artistic Associate
Judy Jacob headshot, Artistic Associate & School Director.
Judy Jacob
Artistic Associate & Chairman of the Faculty
Igor Antonov headshot, Richmond Ballet II Director & Ballet Master.
Igor Antonov
Artistic Associate and Richmond Ballet II Director
Erin Freeman
Erin Freeman
Resident Conductor