Wood, Naomi - Richmond Ballet
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Naomi Wood

Company Dancer

Hometown: Brandon, MS // Joined: 2018

Naomi Wood, of Brandon, MS, trained under David Keary of Ballet Mississippi. At 17, she was accepted in Miami City Ballet’s Pre-Professional Division for two years. She then auditioned for Richmond Ballet and joined as a trainee in 2017. After one year, she was promoted to the second company, and in 2020 she joined the main company. In her time at Richmond Ballet, Naomi has had the opportunity to perform in George Balanchine’s Who Cares? and Serenade, Ma Cong’s Ershter Vals, Salvatore Aiello’s The Waiting Room, and many other works. In the summer of 2023, she married her best friend, Noah, who has become a big fan of Richmond Ballet. Naomi is very excited for her fourth season in the main company!

Education & Training
Ballet Mississippi, Miami City Ballet School, and Richmond Ballet

Professional Experience / Career Highlights
At Richmond Ballet I spent two years in the second company, and now I am starting my second season with the main company! My first season with the company was during the height of Covid-19. It was a huge challenge, but we were also very grateful to continue dancing during that difficult time. I am very proud of Richmond Ballet for what we accomplished!

What inspired you to become a professional dancer?
The absolute thrill of being on stage! I love to tell a story, and I believe dance is the most beautiful way to do so. Dancing was always a passion of mine, and so I was determined to try and make a career out of it.

What is your favorite role that you’ve performed with Richmond Ballet?
I loved dancing in “The Waiting Room” by Salvatore Aiello. An extremely dark and moving contemporary piece, and was unlike anything I’ve ever done before! I had such an incredible time dancing alongside my colleagues/friends, Sabrina and Eri.

What do you enjoy about being part of Richmond Ballet?
I love how close everyone is with each other. It’s a smaller company, so we get to know each other really well. These are the kindest people!

What do you like about living in Richmond?
The city life! I love the amazing art exhibitions, restaurants, and the continuous stream of activities happening all around the city.

What hobbies or activities do you enjoy doing off-stage
Reading! During quarantine, I became a big fan of mystery novels. I also love to go to the movies, hang out with friends, attend and volunteer at church, and spend time with family.

A photo gallery of Naomi's artistry

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.

Aleksey Babayev
Cody Beaton
Cody Beaton
Jackson Calhoun
Courtney Collier
Michael Duncan
Celeste Gaiera
Celeste Gaiera
Mikell Graf
Colin Jacob
Colin Jacob
Khaiyom Khojaev
Khaiyom Khojaev
Jack Miller
Jack Miller
Rachel Nash
Eri Nishihara
Eri Nishihara
Zacchaeus Page
Paul Piner
Christian Renforth
Naomi Robinson
Naomi Robinson
Sabrina Holland
Sabrina Sabino
Izabella Tokev
Izabella Tokev
Ira White
Ira White

Studio Company

The Richmond Ballet Studio Company is the highest level of School of Richmond Ballet, featuring exceptional student dancers from across the country. The eleven-month program includes a diverse range of performance opportunities such as Lecture Demonstrations, Richmond Ballet Company mainstage performances, and the end-of-season showcase with the Richmond Ballet Trainees.

StudioCompany

First Row
Avalon Kirby

Second Row (L-R):
Tekhylon Armour
Katrina May Thomas

Third Row (L-R):
Itay Krasnovsky
Hannah MacLeod
Josiah Lax
Rika Kinoshita
Darius Mealy
Kennady Jackson
Cade Bolz

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.

TraineeGroup

First Row (L-R):
Chelsea Hacking
Kate Swales
Genesis Robinson

Second Row (L-R):
Tess Moayedi
Eden Wilson
Isabella Vanik
Gillian Carr

Third Row (L-R):
Oliver Gardner
Alexis Dawson
Bella Ownby
BriAnna Binzak
Sydney Stutzman
Benjamin Piner

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
Associate Artistic Director
Judy Jacob headshot, Artistic Associate & School Director.
Judy Jacob
Artistic Associate & Chairman of Faculty
Igor Antonov headshot, Richmond Ballet II Director & Ballet Master.
Igor Antonov
Artistic Associate and Studio Company Director
Lauren Fagone
Artistic Associate
Erin Freeman
Erin Freeman
Resident Conductor