Robinson, Naomi - Richmond Ballet
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Naomi Robinson

Company Dancer

Hometown: Cincinnati, OH // Joined: 2020

Naomi Robinson was born in Cincinnati, OH and began studying ballet at age five. She trained at Ballet Tech of Ohio with Claudia Rudolf Barrett and at Cincinnati Ballet’s Otto M. Budig Academy. Naomi graduated cum laude from Butler University with a bachelor’s degree in Dance Arts Administration in May 2020. She joined RBII for the 20/21 season, after which she was promoted to the Ballet’s professional company.

Education & Training
Butler University BS- Dance and Arts Administration Cum Laude, Ballet tech of Ohio, Cincinnati Ballet, The Rock School for Dance Education

Professional Experience / Career Highlights
Richmond Ballet II- Balanchine’s Who Cares?, Levi Marsman World Premier some kind of peace, Val Caniparoli’s Violin, and Paquita, Stoner Winslett’s Windows II

What inspired you to become a professional dancer?
Ballet has been a constant source of joy for me since I was about 4 years old. Dancing makes me feel graceful, free, and strong. I’ve spent my whole life amongst the dance community and I couldn’t imagine a better career path.

What is your favorite role that you’ve performed with Richmond Ballet?
I loved dancing in Violin.

What brought you to Richmond Ballet?
I was pulled to the city of Richmond because my family has a long history here. The Richmond Ballet interested me because the repertoire is diverse. When I auditioned, the dancers and staff were incredibly welcoming and warm. I immediately felt like Richmond Ballet was a great place to be.

What do you like about living in Richmond?
I think Richmond has an incredible landscape. The river and parks are very accessible. I wasn’t very involved with outdoor activities until moving here!

What hobbies or activities do you enjoy doing off-stage?
I enjoy baking, yoga, and watching stand up comedy.

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.

Cody Beaton
Cody Beaton
Celeste Gaiera
Celeste Gaiera
Enrico Hipolto
Enrico Hipolito
Sabrina Holland
Sabrina Holland
Colin Jacob
Colin Jacob
Khaiyom Khojaev
Khaiyom Khojaev
Patrick Lennon
Patrick Lennon
Jack Miller
Jack Miller
Eri Nishihara
Eri Nishihara
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
Zacchaeus Page
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.

Third Years: Kaeley Andrews, Madelynne Boudreau, Courtney Collier, Ana Pavon, Lydia Ross, Liesl Wiedmann
Second Years: Lily Clark, Joey Dlearo, Danielle Guirma, Keeley Hernandez, Meghan Hutto, Meghan Kelley, Tarique Logan, Elizabeth Mann, Maura Moody, Anna Nader, Hannah Powell, Logan O’Neal, Jonathan Robbins, Hope Roberts, Katelyn Roberts, Nan Venderbush
First Years: Allison Bell, Emma Block, Dana Carskadden, Savannah Cherry, Maia Culbreath, Gabrielle Cutrona, Gianna DeMassio, Claire Duritza, Madeline Duritza, Gabrielle Goodson, Carrington Martin, Darius Mealy, Seth Mostofsky, Sage Polak, Sarah Shaw

Artistic Directors

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

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.

Malcolm Burn headshot, Artistic Associate & Ballet Master.
Malcolm Burn
Artistic Associate & Ballet Master
Judy Jacob headshot, Artistic Associate & School Director.
Judy Jacob
Artistic Associate & School Director
Jerri Kumery headshot, Ballet Master.
Jerri Kumery
Ballet Master
Igor Antonov headshot, Richmond Ballet II Director & Ballet Master.
Igor Antonov
Richmond Ballet II Director & Ballet Master
Erin Freeman
Erin Freeman
Resident Conductor