Jack Miller, of Fort Wayne, IN, began his training at Fort Wayne Ballet. He recently obtained his bachelor’s degree from Indiana University. He has attended many summer programs, including those at San Francisco Ballet School, Boston Ballet, and American Ballet Theatre. He is incredibly excited to be a part of Richmond Ballet again this season.
Education & Training
Primary training at Fort Wayne Ballet and Summer Intensives at San Francisco Ballet, Boston Ballet, and American Ballet Theatre
Professional Experience / Career Highlights
My first year as a professional I was coryphèe with Fort Wayne Ballet. Highlights include the solo from Eddie Stierle’s Lacrymosa which was performed in many venues including Taizhou, China. Also, I performed as the Prince Charming in Cinderella. The following two years were spent in Richmond ballet’s II. I performed in pieces such as George Balanchine’s Theme and Variations, Val Caniparoli’s Violin, Val Caniparoli’s Stolen Moments, and George Balanchine’s Who Cares?
What inspired you to become a professional dancer?
As a child, I was very clumsy and had a tendency to break bones in spectacular falls and tumbles. So my mother decided I could use a little grace in my life and she put me in ballet classes. I’ve fallen in love with the art ever since.
What is your favorite role that you’ve performed with Richmond Ballet?
Val Caniparoli’s Violin
What do you enjoy about being part of Richmond Ballet?
I thoroughly enjoy how much of a family Richmond Ballet is. Everyone is extremely friendly. We are always looking out for each other.
What do you like about living in Richmond?
The food. There are so many amazing restaurants in Richmond!
What hobbies or activities do you enjoy doing off-stage?
When I’m not on stage or in rehearsal, I enjoy cooking, playing guitar, and hanging out with my 16 year old cat, Oscar.
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.
RBII Apprentices are the top level of the Pre-Professional Division of School of Richmond Ballet. They receive an intensive training program, full scholarship, living stipend and are the bridge to RBII, our second company. Their time is divided between RBII rehearsals and the Trainee Program, performing in Lecture Demonstrations, Richmond Ballet Company mainstage performances and the end of season showcase performance with RB Trainees.
Richmond Ballet II Apprentices
Seated (L-R): Gianna DeMassio, Rachel Nash
Standing (L-R): Michael Duncan, Hannah MacLeod, Darius Mealy
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 and Third Years
First Row- Senior Trainees: Kennady Jackson, Sarah Shaw, Gabrielle Goodson
Second Row: Katrina May Thomas, Sheridan Brown, Anna Orzulak, Parker Edmondson, Kendall Taylor, Ella Warren
Third Row: Carter Bush, Gavin Haas, Cade Bolz, Garrett Janiak, Daniel Miller
Richmond Ballet Trainees - First Year
First Row: Anne Pearson Gremer, Kristen Soyars Green, Isabella Vanik
Second Row: Gillian Carr, BriAnna Binzak, Savannah Wyatt, Claire Kehoe, Alexis Dawson, Kinsey Phelps, Chelsea Hacking
Third Row: Kiera Luci Dulog, Gillian Grossman, Oliver Gardner, Sydney Stutzman, Benjamin Piner
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.