Johnson, Shellie - Richmond Ballet
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Shellie Johnson

Accompanist

Hometown: Richmond, VA // Joined: 2000

Shellie Johnson has enjoyed a career of over 30 years as a church musician, accompanist, music educator, theatre musician, and recitalist in the roles of pianist, vocalist, vocal coach, musical director, and choral conductor. She has appeared in recitals throughout the United States and Latin America, including venues such as Carnegie Hall, Auditorio Los Andes (Argentina), Museo de Arte de Ponce (Puerto Rico), and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Shellie has been an accompanist at Eastern Kentucky University; University of Richmond, Virginia Commonwealth University, Purdue University, Ballets de San Juan, the Interamerican Festival of the Arts, and Opera de Cámara (Puerto Rico). She has musical directed shows at Thalia Spanish Theatre (New York City), Actors Guild of Lexington (Kentucky), Theatre IV and Barksdale (both now Virginia Repertory Theatre), and Swift Creek Mill Theatre. She has taught general music, choral music, piano and music theory to preschoolers through adults at a number of public and private schools. She has held positions as a church musician since she was 16 years old, and currently is the pianist at Bon Air Baptist Church. Shellie earned a Bachelor of Music in piano performance from the Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico and a Master of Music in piano performance from the University of Maryland at College Park.

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.

Sarah Ferguson headshot, Operations Director and Company Photographer.
Sarah Ferguson
Education & Community Programs Director and Company Photographer
Judy Jacob headshot, Artistic Associate & School Director.
Judy Jacob
Artistic Associate & Chairman of the Faculty
Tara Penick
Tara Penick
School of Richmond Ballet Director
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 Artistic Associate
Malcolm Burn headshot, Artistic Associate & Ballet Master.
Malcolm Burn
ARTISTIC ASSOCIATE
Starrene Foster
Starrene Foster
Faculty
Jasmine Grace
Jasmine Grace
Faculty
Jerri Kumery headshot, Ballet Master.
Jerri Kumery
Artistic Associate
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
Jasmine Grace
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
Jasmine Grace
Sharon Berg
Accompanist
Jasmine Grace
Judy Bice
Accompanist
Portrait Blanton Bradley, MInds In Motion Music Supervisor.
Blanton Bradley
Accompanist
Portrait Placeholder - Male
Douglas-Jayd Burn
Accompanist
Amy Hruska
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
Jasmine Grace
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.

Sarah Ferguson headshot, Operations Director and Company Photographer.
Sarah Ferguson
Education & Community Programs Director and Company Photographer
Judy Jacob headshot, Artistic Associate & School Director.
Judy Jacob
Artistic Associate & Chairman of the Faculty
Tara Penick
Tara Penick
School of Richmond Ballet Director
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 Artistic Associate
Malcolm Burn headshot, Artistic Associate & Ballet Master.
Malcolm Burn
ARTISTIC ASSOCIATE
Starrene Foster
Starrene Foster
Faculty
Jasmine Grace
Jasmine Grace
Faculty
Jerri Kumery headshot, Ballet Master.
Jerri Kumery
Artistic Associate
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.

Jasmine Grace
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
Jasmine Grace
Sharon Berg
Accompanist
Jasmine Grace
Judy Bice
Accompanist
Portrait Blanton Bradley, MInds In Motion Music Supervisor.
Blanton Bradley
Accompanist
Portrait Placeholder - Male
Douglas-Jayd Burn
Accompanist
Amy Hruska
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
Jasmine Grace
Binyan Xu
Accompanist