Khojaev, Khaiyom - Richmond Ballet
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Khaiyom Khojaev

Company Dancer

Hometown: Dushanbe, Tajikistan // Joined: 2016

Khaiyom Khojaev was born in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. At the age of 10, Khaiyom was accepted in the National Tajik Choreographic School. Shortly thereafter, he was sent to Russia to study at the Perm State Choreographic College. He studied there for eight years and learned from some of Russia's finest teachers. By the end of his education, Khaiyom's repertoire surpassed most others. In 2016, Khaiyom competed in Arabesque Ekaterina Maximova Ballet Competition. Khaiyom joined Richmond Ballet II in August 2016 and is thrilled to be starting his fourth season with the professional company.

Education & Training
Perm State Choreographic College in Perm, Russia.

Professional Experience / Career Highlights
Richmond Ballet II.

What inspired you to become a professional dancer?
I always loved to dance and I was happy to accept the opportunity to study dance in a different country.

What is your favorite role that you’ve performed?
The second pas de deux in In the Night, Ershter Vals, and Chiaroscuro. 

What do you enjoy about being part of Richmond Ballet?
I love that there are so many kind and caring people around me always. 

What do you like about living in Richmond?
I love that the James River runs through the entire city; it’s a very beautiful river.

What hobbies or activities do you enjoy doing off-stage?
When I’m not working, I enjoy relaxing and enjoying my life outside of the “ballet world”.

A photo gallery of Khaiyom's artistry

Our Artists

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Cody Beaton
Cody Beaton
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Enrico Hipolto
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Sabrina Holland
Sabrina Holland
Colin Jacob
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Patrick Lennon
Patrick Lennon
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
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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.

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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
Jerri Kumery headshot, Ballet Master.
Jerri Kumery
Artistic Associate
Igor Antonov headshot, Richmond Ballet II Director & Ballet Master.
Igor Antonov
Artistic Associate and Richmond Ballet II Director
Erin Freeman
Erin Freeman
Resident Conductor