Naomi Wilson, of Brandon, Mississippi, trained under David Keary of Ballet Mississippi for four years. At 17 she joined Miami City Ballet’s pre-professional program for two years. Following, she auditioned for Richmond Ballet and spent one year as a trainee. After two years in Richmond Ballet II, Naomi is excited to begin her first season with the main company.
Education & Training
Ballet Mississippi: 2011- 2015, Miami City Ballet School: 2015- 2017, and Richmond Ballet Trainee: 2017-2018
Professional Experience / Career Highlights
Performing as one of the lead ladies in Balanchine’s concert version of Who Cares? for RBII’s state tour.
What inspired you to become a professional dancer?
The desire to perform on stage was my first motivation to become a dancer, but my constant love for the art form and what it offers to those who experience it is what continues to inspire me to dance.
What is your favorite role that you’ve performed?
I loved performing “Swanhilda” in Coppélia when I was a student at Ballet Mississippi.
What do you enjoy about being part of Richmond Ballet?
The acceptance and love between the dancers. These are some of the kindest people I know and they are always up for a good time!
What do you like about living in Richmond?
The thriving art scene, the incredible restaurants, and the beautiful, historic buildings.
What hobbies or activities do you enjoy doing off-stage?
I enjoy painting, reading, and singing in my free time!
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.