Tokev, Izabella - Richmond Ballet
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Izabella Tokev

Company Dancer

Hometown: Las Vegas, Nevada // Joined: 2016

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. 

A photo gallery of Izabella's artistry

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.

Lauren Archer
Lauren Archer
Cody Beaton
Cody Beaton
Marty Davis
Marty Davis
Trevor Davis
Trevor Davis
Abi Goldstein
Abi Goldstein
Sabrina Holland
Sabrina Holland
Khaiyom Khojaev
Khaiyom Khojaev
Eri Nishihari
Eri Nishihara
Ira White
Ira White
RBII dancer 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.

RBII dancer Kate Anderson
Kate Anderson
headshot of RBII dancer Jackson Calhoun
Jackson Calhoun
RBII dancer Patrick Lennon
Patrick Lennon
Jack Miller
headshot of RBII dancer Naomi Robinson
Naomi Robinson
headshot of RBII dancer Marjorie Sherman
Marjorie Sherman
Raquel Smith
RBII dancer Ronald Wagstaff
Ronald Wagstaff

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