The Richmond Ballet was founded in 1957 by local dance enthusiasts as a performance outlet for students in local dance programs. In 1984, Richmond Ballet became the first professional Ballet company in Virginia and was designated the State Ballet of Virginia in 1990, by then Governor Wilder. Richmond Ballet’s mission is to awaken and uplift the human spirit, both for audiences and artists… It is dedicated to the promotion, preservation and continuing evolution of the art form of ballet. Richmond Ballet strives to keep meaningful works of dance alive and to produce and foster new works that remain true to these values. Please visit: richmondballet.com for more details!