Paul Dandridge, a Richmond native, was introduced to dance through Richmond Ballet’s Minds In Motion program. He continued his training at the School of Richmond Ballet and its Trainee program. Paul attended Indiana University on full scholarship, studying ballet performance. After graduating in 2011, he accepted an apprentice position in Richmond Ballet’s professional company and began teaching as a MIM Teaching Artist and faculty member at the School of Richmond Ballet. Paul still performs and most recently has been on stage with Virginia Repertory Theatre in Mary Poppins and as A-Rab in West Side Story.
What is your favorite aspect of working at Richmond Ballet?
The children. I love being able to pass on my knowledge and expertise and seeing them surpass expectation, grow as artists, and
grow the art form.
What is your favorite aspect of living in Richmond?
For some, it’s seen as a small city, but it has so much diversity in culture, history, language, and people. For others, it’s a large
city, but there are great communities and I’m honored to be a part of so many of those communities by teaching for Richmond
Ballet and the Minds In Motion program.
What hobbies or activities do you enjoy doing outside of work?
I am a soccer fanatic. I still play for Central Virginia Soccer Association. I used to hate, but now enjoy baking – bread in particular! I
love to kayak in the James River. I love to be outside, in general, and am working on gardening. My wife, Emily, and daughter,
and I go to as many outdoor festivals and events as we can.
The Minds In Motion Team at Richmond Ballet is made up of professional teaching artists and musicians who bring their love, passion and experience of dance to each of their students. They embody the organization’s belief that dance has the unique power to uplift our lives and bring communities together.