Jack Miller, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, began his training at Fort Wayne Ballet. He has attended many summer programs, including those at San Francisco Ballet School, Boston Ballet, and American Ballet Theatre. John is also working towards his bachelor’s degree through Indiana University’s online classes. He looks forward to his second exciting year with Richmond Ballet II.
Education & Training
Trained at the Fort Wayne Ballet from 2007-2019. Summer programs include San Francisco Ballet, Boston Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and the Royal Ballet.
What inspired you to become a professional dancer?
When I was a child, I would often injure myself by running around and being reckless. My mother decided that I should be a bit more graceful so she enrolled me in ballet classes because my older sister was already dancing at the time. It wasn’t long before I fell in love with the art and now it will always be a part of me.
What do you enjoy about being part of Richmond Ballet?
I mostly enjoy how Richmond Ballet is like a big family. The bond between the dancers is stronger than I have seen in any other company. I am grateful to be a part of this family.
What do you like about living in Richmond?
I love how pretty the city is. On my drive home from the Ballet I get to see a beautiful cityscape, a scenic rocky river, and a calm quiet forest. I am amazed with how gorgeous the City of Richmond is.
What hobbies or activities do you enjoy doing off-stage?
When I am off-stage I am usually working on my schoolwork. I am a Junior in the business program at Indiana University. I complete all of my schooling online. The rest of my downtime is usually spent cooking or playing guitar.
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.