Izabella Tokev was born in Las Vegas, Nevada. From an early age she found her love for dance. She continued her ballet training in Las Vegas, focusing on the Russian Vaganova method. At the age of 16, she moved to Russia to study at Perm State Choreographic College. In August of 2016, Izabella joined Richmond Ballet’s second company. After three years in RBII, she was accepted into the main company.
Education & Training
Local ballet schools in Las Vegas, Nevada and Perm State Choreographic School in Perm, Russia.
Professional Experience / Career Highlights
Three years in Richmond Ballet II.
What inspired you to become a professional dancer?
When I was little I thought the ballerinas I saw on stage were so beautiful that I wanted to be just like them one day. Later on I became inspired by ballet itself. I loved everything about it, including performing on stage, the music, the costumes, and the entire environment.
What is your favorite role that you’ve performed?
The Snow Queen in The Nutcracker and The Summer Fairy in Cinderella.
What do you enjoy about being part of Richmond Ballet?
I love everything! I love all of the opportunities I get, I love the people I work with, and I love the beautiful facility we get to dance in.
What do you like about living in Richmond?
Richmond is so beautiful, especially in the spring and fall. I also love how historic it is.
What hobbies or activities do you enjoy doing off-stage?
I love crafting! I enjoy painting and embroidering the most, but I can also sew and knit a bit too.
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.