Richmond Ballet’s Community Dance Connections are a unique way to get inside of dance. The evening included an opportunity for everyone to learn some of Balanchine’s choreography. The community dancers were from Pine Camp’s City Dance and liturgical dancers from The Ayinde2 Children & Youth Liturgical Dancers, Saint Paul’s Baptist Church and New Canaan Worship Center.
Cat Studdard, Director of Education at Richmond Ballet shared that, “It was great to partner with the VCU Department of Dance and Choreography on our Community Dance Connection focusing on Balanchine’s ballet, The Four Temperaments. You could tell by the participants’ laughter and nods of acknowledgement that Mr. Trostli’s engaging descriptions of the classic temperaments resonated with everyone. And what an incredible experience for everyone to work with Ballet Master Jerri Kumery as she taught such a talented and diverse group part of Balanchine’s acclaimed choreography. The participants were thrilled to dance alongside four of Richmond Ballet’s professional dancers: Lauren Fagone, Cody Beaton, Mates Szentes and Marty Davis.
Jerri Kumery danced with New York City Ballet from 1977-1987, under the direction of George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins and Peter Martins. Ms. Kumery is currently Ballet Master with Richmond Ballet, répétiteur with the George Balanchine Trust and the curator of the Salvatore Ailleo ballets. Roberto Trostli has worked as a Waldorf teacher, adult educator, lecturer and author for 35 years. He currently works at Richmond Waldorf School.
The Four Temperaments with Windows will open Saturday, November 7 at Carpenter Theatre. Tickets start at $20.
PHOTO CREDIT Alexis Johnson