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Starrene Foster

Faculty

Hometown: Richmond, VA // Joined: 2005

Starrene, a Richmond native, is a performer, dance educator and the Artistic Director of Starr Foster Dance Project. Starrene is the recipient of the Theresa Pollack Award for Artistic Excellence and was recently featured on the PBS broadcast Virginia Currents. Foster was also awarded Richmond’s Most Prestigious 25 Arts Innovators, The Top 40 under 40 and has been nominated for two ARTSIE awards by the Richmond Theatre Critics Circle for her choreography. Starrene is the beneficiary of the 2003 VCU Star Alumni Award where she is presently in her fourteenth year as an adjunct faculty member. She has received grants from the Virginia Council for the Arts, and many commissions for new dance works from universities and various dance companies. Starrene teaches throughout the country and her choreography has been presented nationally which include: The Philadelphia Fringe Festival (PA), The Jack Guidone Theatre (DC), SUNY Buffalo (NY), The New World School (FL), Old Dominion University (VA), Cornell University (NY), James Madison University (VA), Dance Charlotte (NC), The Goose Route Dance Festival (WV), the Demetrius Klein Dance Festival (FL), The Richmond Ballet (VA), University of Richmond (VA), Scranton Cultural Arts Center (PA), Baltimore Theatre Project (MD), The Lorton Workhouse (DC), and the Festival of Choreography (NC). As a dancer, Starrene trained under many dance greats and has had the pleasure of training with and performing works by Mark Taylor, Chris Burnside, Doug Varone, Sharon Kinney, Ronald K. Brown, Mark Dendy, Pewan Chow (Hong Kong), Raul Parro (Mexico), among many others.

What is your favorite aspect of working at Richmond Ballet?
My favorite aspect of working at the Richmond Ballet is being part of an artistic staff that respects and values dance as an art form. This creates a healthy atmosphere that is both educational and nurturing for the students. The focus is always about encouraging each and every student, and sharing our love for dance.

What is your favorite aspect of living in Richmond?
My favorite aspect of living in Richmond is the thriving art scene and the beauty of the James River.

What hobbies or activities do you enjoy doing outside of work?
I enjoy reading (I am a huge book worm), spending time with my family and dogs, and kayaking on the James.

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 & School Director
Tara Penick
Tara Penick
Associate School Director, Training Divisions
Lauren Fagone
Lauren Fagone
Adult Division Coordinator
Anne Sidney Hetherington
Anne Sidney Hetherington
Children's & Lower Division Coordinator
Cecile Tuzli
Cecile Tuzii
Ensembles Coordinator
Sarah Ruppel Bullis
Sarah Ruppel Bullis
Ballet Birthday Party Coordinator
Igor Antonov headshot, Richmond Ballet II Director & Ballet Master.
Igor Antonov
Richmond Ballet II Director and Ballet Master
Elena Bello
Faculty
Malcolm Burn headshot, Artistic Associate & Ballet Master.
Malcolm Burn
ARTISTIC ASSOCIATE & BALLET MASTER
Paul Dandridge
Paul Dandridge
Faculty
Jasmine Grace
Jasmine Grace
Faculty
Jerri Kumery headshot, Ballet Master.
Jerri Kumery
BALLET MASTER
Susan Israel Massey
Susan Israel Massey
Faculty
Fernando Sabino
Fernando Sabino
Faculty
Deanna Seay
Deanna Seay
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
Mariah Taghavie-Moghadam
School Administrator
Monica Ross
SRB Administrative Assistant/RB Receptionist

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
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Douglas-Jayd Burn
Accompanist
Amy Hruska
Accompanist
Shellie Johnson
Accompanist
Ken Myers
Ken Myers
Accompanist
Joy Price\
Joy W. Price
Accompanist
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Dave Robbins
Accompanist
Portrait Placeholder - Male
Jim Smithson
Accompanist
Portrait Placeholder - Male
Keith Tan
Accompanist
Binyan Xu
Accompanist

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 & School Director
Tara Penick
Tara Penick
Associate School Director, Training Divisions
Lauren Fagone
Lauren Fagone
Adult Division Coordinator
Anne Sidney Hetherington
Anne Sidney Hetherington
Children's & Lower Division Coordinator
Cecile Tuzli
Cecile Tuzii
Ensembles Coordinator
Sarah Ruppel Bullis
Sarah Ruppel Bullis
Ballet Birthday Party Coordinator
Igor Antonov headshot, Richmond Ballet II Director & Ballet Master.
Igor Antonov
Richmond Ballet II Director and Ballet Master
Elena Bello
Faculty
Malcolm Burn headshot, Artistic Associate & Ballet Master.
Malcolm Burn
ARTISTIC ASSOCIATE & BALLET MASTER
Paul Dandridge
Paul Dandridge
Faculty
Jasmine Grace
Jasmine Grace
Faculty
Jerri Kumery headshot, Ballet Master.
Jerri Kumery
BALLET MASTER
Susan Israel Massey
Susan Israel Massey
Faculty
Fernando Sabino
Fernando Sabino
Faculty
Deanna Seay
Deanna Seay
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.

Monica Ross
SRB Administrative Assistant/RB Receptionist
Susan Collet
Susan Collet
School Business Director
Mariah Taghavie-Moghadam
School Administrator

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
Portrait Placeholder - Male
Douglas-Jayd Burn
Accompanist
Amy Hruska
Accompanist
Shellie Johnson
Accompanist
Ken Myers
Ken Myers
Accompanist
Joy Price\
Joy W. Price
Accompanist
Portrait Placeholder - Male
Dave Robbins
Accompanist
Portrait Placeholder - Male
Jim Smithson
Accompanist
Portrait Placeholder - Male
Keith Tan
Accompanist
Binyan Xu
Accompanist