Ronald Wagstaff, originally from Kennesaw, Georgia, began acting, singing and dancing at the age of six. He first started as an award-winning hip hop dancer. He began his ballet training in 2012 at Chamberlain School of Ballet in Plano, Texas and continued on to Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. Ronald has spent his summers training at Pacific Northwest Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. This is Ronald’s third season with Richmond Ballet II.
Education & Training
Miami City Ballet School and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet under Simon Ball, Marcia Dale Weary, and Bruce Thornton.
What inspired you to become a professional dancer?
When I was 14 my mother took to see Joffrey Ballet perform and ever since then I wanted to be a professional dancer.
What do you enjoy about being part of Richmond Ballet?
I love working with the faculty and the other dancers. Everyone is very nice and great to work with.
What do you like about living in Richmond?
I love how it’s very outdoorsy. There are great local restaurants and shops.
What hobbies or activities do you enjoy doing off-stage?
I love hanging out with my friends, watching movies, playing video games, exploring the city, and also riding my motorcycle.
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.