Patrick Lennon was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He began dancing at the Grand Rapids Ballet School under Attila Mosolygo. He continued his training at Master Ballet Academy in Arizona under Slawomir Wozniak. During his time at MBA, Patrick competed in the Youth America Grand Prix New York Finals and at the Beijing International Ballet Competition for Dance Schools. Patrick is excited for his first season with the main company, after two seasons with RBII.
Education & Training
Grand Rapids Ballet School, Master Ballet Academy, and summer programs at Pacific Northwest Ballet School, San Francisco Ballet School, and the Ballet West Academy.
Professional Experience / Career Highlights
Trainee with Grand Rapids Ballet, Richmond Ballet II, Richmond Ballet
What inspired you to become a professional dancer?
Watching a mixed rep of Raymonda and Balanchine’s Who Cares?
What is your favorite role that you’ve performed with Richmond Ballet?
I loved dancing Val Caniparoli’s Violin this past season.
What brought you to Richmond Ballet?
Richmond Ballet has one of the most positive dance environments I’ve been in. I auditioned after being recommended by Peter Merz of the Ballet West Academy.
What do you like about living in Richmond?
I love the Beautiful parks, great restaurants, and fun people!
What hobbies or activities do you enjoy doing off-stage?
I enjoy playing guitar and bass guitar, hanging with friends, and studying history – I am a history major at Liberty University Online.
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.