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 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.
RBII Apprentices are the top level of the Pre-Professional Division of School of Richmond Ballet. They receive an intensive training program, full scholarship, living stipend and are the bridge to RBII, our second company. Their time is divided between RBII rehearsals and the Trainee Program, performing in Lecture Demonstrations, Richmond Ballet Company mainstage performances and the end of season showcase performance with RB Trainees.
Richmond Ballet II Apprentices
Seated (L-R): Gianna DeMassio, Rachel Nash
Standing (L-R): Michael Duncan, Hannah MacLeod, Darius Mealy
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.
Richmond Ballet Trainees - Second and Third Years
First Row- Senior Trainees: Kennady Jackson, Sarah Shaw, Gabrielle Goodson
Second Row: Katrina May Thomas, Sheridan Brown, Anna Orzulak, Parker Edmondson, Kendall Taylor, Ella Warren
Third Row: Carter Bush, Gavin Haas, Cade Bolz, Garrett Janiak, Daniel Miller
Richmond Ballet Trainees - First Year
First Row: Anne Pearson Gremer, Kristen Soyars Green, Isabella Vanik
Second Row: Gillian Carr, BriAnna Binzak, Savannah Wyatt, Claire Kehoe, Alexis Dawson, Kinsey Phelps, Chelsea Hacking
Third Row: Kiera Luci Dulog, Gillian Grossman, Oliver Gardner, Sydney Stutzman, Benjamin Piner
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.