Richmond Ballet, Inc.
407 E. Canal Street
Richmond VA 23219
Mission Statement For more than three decades, Richmond Ballet has been guided by a mission that is both simple and grand in scope: to awaken and uplift the human spirit through dance. To achieve this, the State Ballet of Virginia presents professional ballet performances that meet the highest standards of excellence; trains ballet dancers, both student and professional; and excites and nurtures a love of dance with engaging education and outreach programs.
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Stoner Winslett
Board Chair Mrs. Kathleen Holman
Board Chair Company Affiliation Davenport & Co.
Contact Information
Address 407 E. Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219
Telephone 804 344-0906
Fax 804 344-0901
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1968
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
Projected Revenue $5,703,680.00
Projected Expenses $5,697,013.00
Mission For more than three decades, Richmond Ballet has been guided by a mission that is both simple and grand in scope: to awaken and uplift the human spirit through dance. To achieve this, the State Ballet of Virginia presents professional ballet performances that meet the highest standards of excellence; trains ballet dancers, both student and professional; and excites and nurtures a love of dance with engaging education and outreach programs.

During the 2015-16 Season, Richmond Ballet:

· Introduced dance, movement, choreography and performance to nearly 2,000 students (63% of whom are from low-income families) through Minds In Motion. The program reached 19 schools in the Greater Richmond area (including Hopewell), all six Charlottesville City Schools, and a satellite program in Israel. In May, Richmond-based students took the stage at Carpenter Theatre for the year-end production, featuring performances from 1,300 students for a growing audience of over 5,500.

· Revived what is often considered Richmond Ballet’s signature work: Windows by Stoner Winslett. A four part ballet, each set to a piece of music written as variations on the same theme, Paganini’s 24th Caprice for Violin, the echoing musical motif is what connects these generations. Styles develop from the times in which people live and, for future generations, they provide a ‘window’ into the culture and values of previous generations. Winslett believes the ideas behind Windows are really the ideas behind the founding of Richmond Ballet. Windows remains one of the most patron-requested works in the Richmond Ballet repertory and wowed audiences once again in November.

· Presented a variety of works of enduring value over the course of the season. In particular, Salvatore Aiello’s deeply evocative and powerful rendering of the ballet, The Rite of Spring, took over the Studio Theatre stage in Studio Three in honor of dancer Lauren Fagone, who celebrated her last season as a professional dancer in 2015-16. Imbued with a humorous energy as well as a tremendous elegance, Ms. Fagone’s passion and respect for her art form was quite evident throughout the sold-out run of Studio Three and particularly in her final performance on April 17, 2016.

· Commissioned three fully realized ballets: Stolen Moments by Val Caniparoli, Realms of Amber by Edgar Zendejas, and City Life by Mark Annear.

· School of Richmond Ballet programming continues to expand with an enrollment now topping 900 students and more professional performance opportunities for exceptionally talented young dancers.

· Returned to Norfolk to present The Nutcracker for a third consecutive season and met ambitious attendance goals. The Nutcracker was performed to live accompaniment by the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. As the State Ballet of Virginia, Richmond Ballet is committed to presenting exceptional ballet performances and education programs in communities across the Commonwealth. We have consistently seen growing success in audience attendance and student participation in the past years, yet this season’s engagement in Norfolk was by far the most successful. This year’s tour particularly reinforced the sense that Norfolk is a second home for Richmond Ballet.

Goals for the 2016 - 2017 Season:

· Minds In Motion will continue to impact the lives of 4th graders in the Greater Richmond, Charlottesville, and Israel, as this outstanding program continues to share the joy of movement and reach more students. New this year, Minds In Motion will bring its residency program to two schools in Portsmouth, VA.

· Richmond Ballet will continue to support the creation of new work by commissioning and presenting three new ballets as part of its Studio Series, featuring two celebrated female choreographers Melissa Barak and Katarzyna Skarpetowska, as well as Richmond Ballet Company Dancer Matthew Frain.

· For the fourth year in a row, Richmond Ballet will present Stoner Winslett’s full-length production of The Nutcracker in Norfolk, VA, accompanied by the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, featuring local students from more than 20 different area dance schools, at Chrysler Hall, a premiere performing arts venue in the Hampton Roads area.

· For the first time since 2010, Richmond Ballet will return to New York for a multi-day engagement in May at The Joyce Theater in Chelsea, performing innovative repertory favorites such as Ma Cong's Lift the Fallen and Katarzyna Skarpetowska's Polaris.


Richmond Ballet’s most pressing needs include:

  1. Securing creative capital to support the commission and presentation of new ballets and to facilitate the presentation of dynamic, innovative works that meet the highest standards of excellence and engage and expand the audience for professional ballet.
  2. Replacing and repairing existing sets and costumes for The Nutcracker and other story ballet productions to keep the organization’s critically acclaimed productions fresh and inspiring.
  3. Funding to sustain and expand Richmond Ballet education and outreach initiatives, including Richmond Ballet II, the Minds In Motion program and scholarships for School of Richmond Ballet students, to enable the organization to serve substantially more citizens of the Commonwealth and introduce dance to new audiences of all ages.
  4. Staging the Minds In Motion year-end production to the Carpenter Theatre at Richmond CenterStage.
  5. Maintaining and renovating the organization’s building on Canal Street in downtown Richmond and improving the Ballet’s technological systems to facilitate greater accessibility to the widest possible public and to ensure that Richmond Ballet’s staff and Board are equipped to support the organization in reaching its artistic and strategic goals.

Richmond Ballet traces its origins back to the 1950s when the organization was a small civic troupe offering ballet training and performances to the local community. From this grew the Richmond Ballet Professional Company, founded in 1984 by Artistic Director Stoner Winslett. Under her leadership, the Ballet has flourished, enriching the cultural life of the Commonwealth of Virginia and earning national and international acclaim for its exemplary artistic standards, diverse repertoire and uniquely versatile company of professional dancers. While striving to fulfill its mission, the company has expanded its artistic footprint and made significant contributions to the field.

The Ballet’s mission is achieved through:

Performance – Whether performing in Richmond, New York City, London or Beijing, Richmond Ballet’s uniquely versatile company of 26 professional dancers has gained notice for its ability to exceptionally perform a broad range of works that feature diverse movement styles and aesthetics. Each year, the company presents six productions in Richmond and takes ballet performances and programs on tour across Virginia and outside the state, bringing audiences both near and far the best of contemporary ballet. The Ballet has also earned praise for its inviting, broad repertory, which includes more than 50 commissioned works. In 2012-13, the Richmond Ballet Professional Company followed its acclaimed 2012 London Tour with debut performances at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in the nation’s capital. In May 2015, the company performed at the 'Meet in Beijing' Arts Festival as part of a four city tour through China.

Training – The vision for Richmond Ballet has always included training dancers, both student and professional, and educating the community. Each year, the School of Richmond Ballet (SRB) offers dance instruction from beginner to pre-professional levels for approximately 700 students of all ages, and its Summer Intensive Program attracts aspiring young dancers from all across the country. More than half of the Ballet’s current professional company of dancers received some or all of their training through the School of Richmond Ballet.

Outreach - The cornerstone of Richmond Ballet's education and outreach efforts is the Minds In Motion (MIM) arts education program that reaches more than 1,300 students annually in Richmond and other communities across the Commonwealth. In addition to MIM, the Ballet offers outreach programs that serve more than 18,200 schoolchildren each year. These include lecture-demonstrations, performed by the Ballet's professional dancers in local schools and on tour throughout the region; and daytime youth performances of The Nutcracker and other story ballet productions, staged in the Carpenter Theatre for Central Virginia students.
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Richmond Ballet is a cultural resource for all Virginians; however, our core constituency, including patrons, students, artists and volunteers, resides in the Greater Richmond area.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mrs. Kathleen Holman
Company Affiliation Davenport & Co.
Term July 2017 to June 2018
Board of Directors
Board Members
Hunter A. Applewhite Dominion Resources
Mr. Tiff Armstrong Harris Williams & Co.
David R. Beran Altria Group
Brett D. Bonda Richmond Ballet
Mr. Daniel J. Bryant Altria
Anne Chewning Virginia Realty and Relocation
Mrs. Herbert A. Claiborne Jr.Community Volunteer
Margaret H. Clinard Community Volunteer
Katherine B. Duval Community Volunteer
Mrs. Maura Gaenzle Community Volunteer
Mrs. R. Finley Gayle IIIPaperPlus
Mrs. George D. Gibson Community Volunteer
Jill Bussey Harris DMDBussey Comprehensive Dentistry
Mr. C. T. Hill Former Chairman, President, CEO of SunTrust Mid-Atlantic
Kathleen M. Holman Davenport & Company LLP
Carroll Hurst Keiter, Stephens, Hurst, Gary & Shreaves
Mr. Jeff Jones Hunton & Williams
Anne Kenny Community Volunteer
Kelli Lewis Community Volunteer
Kathleen Luke Community Volunteer
First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe First Lady, Commonwealth of Virginia
Marc B. Moyers KPMG LLP
Selina Rainey Community Volunteer
Donna Ransone ToMarket
Mrs. Richard S. Reynolds IIICommunity Volunteer
Elizabeth W. Robertson Community Volunteer
Donald E. Steeber Steeber & Father Co., Inc.
Kristin Vosmik Community Volunteer
Stoner Winslett Richmond Ballet
Ms. Barbara Wright Community Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 28
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 12
Female 18
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 51
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 15
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 10
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Advisory Board Members
Andreas D. Addison City of Richmond
Ryan & Melanie Andrews KPMG
Frazier and Brad Armstrong
Jeannie P. Baliles
Jessica Barnes
Melanie and Mark Binshtok
Tanya Orr Bird
David Buxton MD
Ms. Samira Creel
Rikki & Richard Dodson
Ms. Neely B. Dykshorn Community Volunteer
Amanda C. Faircloth CNA
Anne Garland Farrell
Ingeborg K. Fisher
Jennifer Gardner Community Volunteer
Lynne Gehr MDChildren's Hospital of Richmond
Mary McMillan Horton
Jennifer Johnson
Mariann H. Johnson MD
Christin Kennedy BB&T
Karen and Jason Konvicka
Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Lambert IV
Ashley P. Lockhart Community Volunteer
Luciana and Travis Massey
Charlotte B. McGee
Michelle Muller
Kristen & Michael Neese Performance Food Group
Suzanne and Joshua Peck
John & Carolyn Port
Louis G. Recher
Nancy S. Russell
Carrie Reid Russell Ames' Hot Southern Honey
Victoria B. Saunders
Mr. Rod Smyth
Ellie & Rick St. John Triad Metals
Leslie C. Strickler
Sue and Tad Thompson
Liz Toms Martin Agency
Dr. Jocelyn Vorenberg
Mrs. Britt Wallace
Jen & David Wilkins Collegiate School & CBRE
Regis Elizabeth Wyatt
Robin & John Zinsser Zinsser Plastic Surgery
Executive Director
Executive Director Ms. Stoner Winslett
Stoner Winslett is the founding Artistic Director of the Richmond Ballet professional company. Under her direction, Richmond Ballet has established the first major company of professional dancers in the Commonwealth, commissioned 59 new works from choreographers from around the world, introduced the acclaimed Minds In Motion program into area schools, and renovated and occupied its landmark downtown Richmond building on Canal Street. She led the company through its highly successful 2005 debut at The Joyce Theater in New York. This appearance was followed by three return New York City engagements, as well as debut performances at the Chicago Dancing Festival and Spring to Dance Festival in St. Louis. In June 2012, the company made its international debut in the Linbury Theatre at London’s Royal Opera House.
During her tenure with Richmond Ballet, Ms. Winslett has built an impressive repertory for the company with a foundation of full-length classics and 20th Century masters coupled with a strong commitment to new work. Her own choreography is part of the backbone of the company’s repertory, including her acclaimed version of The Nutcracker.
Ms. Winslett's work has been recognized both regionally and nationally with numerous appointments and honors.  She served as a Cadmus Leader-in-Residence at the Jepson School at the University of Richmond, was named a YWCA Woman of the Year and was chosen by "Style Weekly" as one of the 100 must influential Richmonders of the 20th Century.  In 2008, she received jointly with Richmond Ballet the Governor's Award for the Arts.  Ms. Winslett has served on arts panels for several state arts councils and the National Endowment for the Arts, for which she has also been a site visitor.  She was a vice-chair of Dance/USA and currently serves as president of the John Butler Foundation.  In February 2005, she received The Smith College Medal, the highest honor the college confers on an alumna.  
Co-CEO Mr. Brett D. Bonda
Term Start June 2011
Brett Bonda is now in his 32nd season with Richmond Ballet, having served the organization as a dancer, administrator, educator, and director. A dancer with the professional company from 1985-1995, Mr. Bonda performed much of the company’s repertory, dancing lead roles in ballets such as Rodeo and Coppélia, and appearing in the premiere of Stoner Winslett’s original work, Ancient Airs and Dances. After learning of the outreach work done through Lori Klinger and the National Institute of Dance, Mr. Bonda elected to retire from the stage to become the Education and Minds In Motion Director for Richmond Ballet. Mr. Bonda served as the program’s artistic and administrative coordinator for 16 years. Additionally, Mr. Bonda has served as the Ballet’s Company Manager, Tour Manager, and video producer, before stepping into his current role as Managing Director where he has worked closely with members of the Ballet’s Board to oversee the organization’s strategic planning and governance, and to initiate the ‘Road to China’ project in 2014. Mr. Bonda’s work with Richmond Ballet has been recognized both statewide and nationally: he has served as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts and as a juror for the Coming Up Taller Awards, and he is a board member for Virginians for the Arts. In 2001, Mr. Bonda received Richmond Magazine’s Theresa Pollak Award for Excellence in the Arts and in the summer of 2014, he represented the United States at the U.S.-China Consultation on People-to-People Exchange in Beijing alongside U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Richmond Ballet Artistic Director Stoner Winslett. Mr. Bonda is an alumnus of Virginia Intermont College, and lives in Mechanicsville with his wife, Annette, and their two sons, Aaron and Ethan.
Senior Staff
Ms. Carrie Bilek Marketing Director
Mr. Malcolm Burn Artistic Associate & Ballet Master
Mr. William G. Hancock Director of Advancement
Ms. Judy Jacob Artistic Associate & School of Richmond Ballet Director
Ms. Lindsay Lane Robinson Development Director
Mr. Michael Stewart Production Director
Ms. Cat Studdard Minds In Motion Director
Full Time Staff 75
Part Time Staff 47
Volunteers 55
Contractors 104
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Date Strategic Plan Adopted 2012
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Strong community partnerships have been critical to the continued success of Richmond Ballet, and the organization embraces opportunities to cultivate cultural exchanges with organizations and artists from both here in Virginia and around the world. These efforts advance artistic excellence, inspire a new generation of artists and audiences, and foster Central Virginia’s reputation as a vital center of creativity and innovation. Recent collaborations include:  MINDS IN MOTION (in 2014-15, the MIM partner is the Cultural Office of the Chinese Embassy); the Richmond Ballet/Virginia Commonwealth University Trainee Program, a joint, four-year BFA degree program specifically designed for School of Richmond Ballet trainees; the Richmond Symphony, whose musicians provide live orchestral accompaniment for the Ballet's story ballet productions; and the Royal Ballet School of London. Richmond Ballet is also a member of Dance/USA, the national service organization for the professional, nonprofit dance field and Virginians for the Arts.
Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce2012
Each year, our professional company presents a full season of performances on two Richmond stages:  the Carpenter Theatre at Richmond CenterStage and Richmond Ballet's own Studio Theatre.  Our performance season includes the following programs:
Studio Series -  Three productions presented in the state-of-the-art, 250-seat Studio Theatre located in the Ballet's building in downtown Richmond.  Each Studio Series production typically features nine performances of a world premiere ballet paired with significant works from the Ballet's repertory.  The productions have become a must-see for dance lovers who relish the opportunity to experience exceptional, ground-breaking dance performances presented in a casual, intimate setting.
Story Ballet Productions -  Full-length, classic works performed to live orchestral accompaniment in the beautifully-renovated Carpenter Theatre.  We present two story ballet productions in a season, including our signature holiday classic, The Nutcracker.
As The State Ballet of Virginia, Richmond Ballet is a resource for all Virginians and an ambassador for the state in communities across the country.  In addition to our local programs, we undertake fall and spring tours that provide professional dance performances and education programs to thousands of people in communities across the state that lack access to professional dance.  In recent years, we have also worked to extend our reach beyond the borders of our home state and share our extraordinary company of artists with the international dance community.  We have been fortunate to appear on both the national and international stage, with recent performance engagements at the Linbury Theatre in London's Royal Opera House, The Joyce Theater in New York, the "Spring to Dance Festival" in St. Louis, Missouri, and the "Ballet Across America" festival at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

In May 2015, Richmond Ballet, The State Ballet of Virginia, performed at the 15th Annual ‘Meet in Beijing’ Arts Festival in Beijing, China at the National Centre for the Performing Arts. The trip marked the Ballet’s first journey to Asia, and the organization’s second international tour,.

Description Founded in 1975, the School of Richmond Ballet provides year-round dance instruction, from beginner to pre-professional levels.  Classes are not audition-based, but open to anyone who wants to learn to dance.  We offer a varied curriculum taught by a world-class faculty in a state-of-the-art facility shared with Richmond Ballet's professional company of dancers.  Financial aid and scholarships are awarded to help qualifying students pursue a dance education at the School.  Further, the School's pre-professional programs are recognized among the best in the nation and have served as a successful training ground for many of Richmond Ballet's professional company members.  More than half of the Ballet's current professional dancers received some or all of their dance training through the School.  Other graduates have enjoyed professional dance careers with other national companies, including American Ballet Theatre and New York City Ballet.
Richmond Ballet's Minds In Motion (MIM) is a year-long program that is part of the fourth-grade curriculum in 24 Central Virginia elementary schools, six of which are in Charlottesville. It provides students a chance to study and perform dance in weekly classes, interact with professional dancers, present performances for a live audience and attend professional ballet performances. MIM classes are accessible to all students, including those with physical disabilities and other special needs. Students learn teamwork and self-discipline along with dance steps and a sense of self-confidence and accomplishment that they carry with them long after their fourth-grade year.
Now entering its 23rd year, MIM reaches across social-economic and racial backgrounds to offer at-risk and more privileged students a shared, in-depth experience with dance. The program currently serves more than 1,700 students in Richmond and other communities across the Commonwealth.
Richmond Ballet strives to engage the community by making professional dance accessible through education and outreach programs. We offer the following activities in Central Virginia and on tour across the state:
Lecture-Demonstrations - in-school performances that tie directly to a specific classic story ballet production, such as Don Quixote or Cinderella. The dancers introduce the classic story on which the ballet is based, explore the ways in which dancers use movement, costumes and scenery to bring stories to life onstage, and offer insight into the life of a professional dancer. Audience participation is encouraged. 
Youth Performances - abbreviated daytime productions that are performed for elementary school children. Staged in conjunction with Richmond Ballet's full-length story ballet productions, including The Nutcracker, youth performances for Central Virginia students are presented in the Carpenter Theatre at Richmond CenterStage.
Master Classes, Company Class Observations and Rehearsal Viewings - activities that allow community members to meet our artists and gain insight into the inner workings of a professional ballet company.
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $5,703,680.00
Projected Expenses $5,697,013.00
Endowment Value $343,881.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage (if selected) 5
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$165,651$137,652$0
Individual Contributions$2,982,336$4,881,144$2,184,497
Investment Income, Net of Losses$8,569$1,858$79,960
Membership Dues------
Special Events$213,814$316,752$183,408
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$4,541,076$4,707,764$4,367,232
Administration Expense$1,268,010$1,194,788$1,089,707
Fundraising Expense$480,072$437,145$384,225
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.091.360.98
Program Expense/Total Expenses72%74%75%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue14%8%16%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$8,833,994$8,304,660$5,927,742
Current Assets$3,972,505$3,562,491$1,285,049
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$1,671
Current Liabilities$649,485$685,250$582,643
Total Net Assets$8,184,509$7,619,410$5,343,428
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities6.125.202.21
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Goal $10,000,000.00
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit 11/2015View
Foundation Comments
  • Financial information provided from audited financial statements.
  • Audited financial statements and IRS 990s for FY 2011 and 2010 prepared by Yount, Hyde & Barbour.
  • Audited financial statements and IRS 990 for FY 2009 prepared by Cherry, Bekaert & Holland.
  • Revenue from "Foundations and Corporations" also includes support from individuals and government agencies.