Fagone, Lauren - Richmond Ballet
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Lauren Fagone

Adult Division Coordinator

Hometown: Kennett Square, PA // Joined: 2001

Lauren Fagone apprenticed with North Carolina Dance Theatre and studied further at Indiana University before joining Richmond Ballet. Lauren performed professionally with Richmond Ballet from 2001-2015, including leading roles in works that span the spectrum of classical and contemporary ballet. She toured with the company, nationally and internationally, performing on grand stages like the Kennedy Center, the Joyce Theatre, the Royal Opera House of London, as well as theatres in Beijing and Shanghai. After the conclusion of her performing career, Lauren became Chief Concept Officer of The Barre Boutique. There she codified a technique founded in her extensive knowledge of the anatomical principles of alignment, and recruited, trained, and led a team of instructors. When The Barre Boutique came under the umbrella of Richmond Ballet’s Adult Program, she continued to grow the community emphasizing mutual support, empowerment, and inclusivity as the Adult Program Coordinator.. She maintains her connection to the dance world through work as a répétiteur and guest ballet master, having worked with BalletMet, Sacramento Ballet, Guangzhou Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Ballet Des Moines, and Barak Ballet. Lauren is thrilled to join Richmond Ballet’s Artistic Team this season as Répétiteur and Artistic Coordinator.

What is your favorite aspect of working at Richmond Ballet?
Being in a position where I can build a community based on inclusivity and mutual support.

What is your favorite aspect of living in Richmond?
After growing up through the company, Richmond is truly home.

What hobbies or activities do you enjoy doing outside of work?
Volunteering at RACC and SPCA, going on trail hikes and outdoor adventures with my family.

School of

Richmond Ballet

FACULTY  /   ADMINISTRATION  /   MUSICIANS

Faculty

The Faculty of The School of Richmond Ballet is comprised of knowledgeable instructors who share a mutual love for dance and teaching. While performing is considered the pinnacle of dance, the unseen practice and hard work in the classroom is where students spend most of their time. And under the guidance of a dedicated teacher, they’re able to reach their fullest potential.

Judy Jacob headshot, Artistic Associate & School Director.
Judy Jacob
Artistic Associate & Chairman of Faculty
Tara Penick
Tara Penick
School of Richmond Ballet Director
Igor Antonov headshot, Richmond Ballet II Director & Ballet Master.
Igor Antonov
Artistic Associate and Richmond Ballet II Director
Jerri Kumery headshot, Ballet Master.
Jerri Kumery
Artistic Associate
Cecile Tuzli
Cecile Tuzii
Ensembles Coordinator
Anne Sidney Hetherington
Anne Sidney Hetherington
Children's & Lower Division Coordinator
Starrene Foster
Starrene Foster
Faculty
Kristen Gallagher
Faculty
Jasmine Grace
Jasmine Grace
Faculty
Keeley Hernandez
Faculty
Susan Israel Massey
Susan Israel Massey
Faculty
Eri Nishihara
Eri Nishihara
Faculty
Melanie Richards
Faculty
Callye Robinson
Faculty
Naomi Robinson
Naomi Robinson
Faculty
Sarah Ruppel Bullis
Sarah Ruppel
Faculty
Sabrina Holland
Sabrina Sabino
Faculty
Deanna Seay
Deanna Seay
Faculty
Casey Shepard
Faculty
Susheela Varky
Faculty
Katherine Smothers headshot, Associate School Director, Community Engagement.
Katherine Smothers
Faculty
Ira White
Ira White
Faculty

Administration

The Administration of the School of Richmond Ballet is made up of a highly organized, devoted team. On any given day, they know what’s happening at the School and help keep our multitude of classes, programs, and special events running smoothly.

Susan Collet
Susan Collet
School Business Director
Sarah Ferguson headshot, Operations Director and Company Photographer.
Sarah Ferguson
Education & Community Programs Director and Company Photographer
Kate Fillenwarth
School Administrator

Musicians

The Musicians at the School of Richmond Ballet are a valuable asset in creating a unique and joyful class experience. In keeping with tradition, our ballet and modern classes are accompanied by live music – a true gift to instructors and students alike.

Portrait of Rachel Shimkus
Rachel Shimkus
School Music Administrator
Sharon Berg
Accompanist
Judy Bice
Accompanist
Portrait Blanton Bradley, MInds In Motion Music Supervisor.
Blanton Bradley
Accompanist
Amy Hruska
Accompanist
Shellie Johnson
Accompanist
Ken Myers
Ken Myers
Accompanist
Portrait Placeholder - Male
Dave Robbins
Accompanist
Portrait Placeholder - Male
Jim Smithson
Accompanist
Portrait Placeholder - Male
Keith Tan
Accompanist
Joy Price\
Joy Weaver
Accompanist
Doris Wylee-Becker
Musician

FACULTY

 Faculty

The Faculty of The School of Richmond Ballet is comprised of knowledgeable instructors who share a mutual love for dance and teaching. While performing is considered the pinnacle of dance, the unseen practice and hard work in the classroom is where students spend most of their time. And under the guidance of a dedicated teacher, they’re able to reach their fullest potential.

Judy Jacob headshot, Artistic Associate & School Director.
Judy Jacob
Artistic Associate & Chairman of Faculty
Tara Penick
Tara Penick
School of Richmond Ballet Director
Igor Antonov headshot, Richmond Ballet II Director & Ballet Master.
Igor Antonov
Artistic Associate and Richmond Ballet II Director
Jerri Kumery headshot, Ballet Master.
Jerri Kumery
Artistic Associate
Cecile Tuzli
Cecile Tuzii
Ensembles Coordinator
Anne Sidney Hetherington
Anne Sidney Hetherington
Children's & Lower Division Coordinator
Starrene Foster
Starrene Foster
Faculty
Kristen Gallagher
Faculty
Jasmine Grace
Jasmine Grace
Faculty
Keeley Hernandez
Faculty
Susan Israel Massey
Susan Israel Massey
Faculty
Eri Nishihara
Eri Nishihara
Faculty
Melanie Richards
Faculty
Callye Robinson
Faculty
Naomi Robinson
Naomi Robinson
Faculty
Sarah Ruppel Bullis
Sarah Ruppel
Faculty
Sabrina Holland
Sabrina Sabino
Faculty
Deanna Seay
Deanna Seay
Faculty
Casey Shepard
Faculty
Susheela Varky
Faculty
Katherine Smothers headshot, Associate School Director, Community Engagement.
Katherine Smothers
Faculty
Ira White
Ira White
Faculty

ADMINISTRATION

 Administration

The Administration of the School of Richmond Ballet is made up of a highly organized, devoted team. On any given day, they know what’s happening at the School and help keep our multitude of classes, programs, and special events running smoothly.

Sarah Ferguson headshot, Operations Director and Company Photographer.
Sarah Ferguson
Education & Community Programs Director and Company Photographer
Kate Fillenwarth
School Administrator
Susan Collet
Susan Collet
School Business Director

MUSICIANS

 Musicians

The Musicians at the School of Richmond Ballet are a valuable asset in creating a unique and joyful class experience. In keeping with tradition, our ballet and modern classes are accompanied by live music – a true gift to instructors and students alike.

Portrait of Rachel Shimkus
Rachel Shimkus
School Music Administrator
Sharon Berg
Accompanist
Judy Bice
Accompanist
Portrait Blanton Bradley, MInds In Motion Music Supervisor.
Blanton Bradley
Accompanist
Amy Hruska
Accompanist
Shellie Johnson
Accompanist
Ken Myers
Ken Myers
Accompanist
Portrait Placeholder - Male
Dave Robbins
Accompanist
Portrait Placeholder - Male
Jim Smithson
Accompanist
Portrait Placeholder - Male
Keith Tan
Accompanist
Joy Price\
Joy Weaver
Accompanist
Doris Wylee-Becker
Musician