Repertoire & Performance History
The Virginia Ballet Company and School is unique because it is one of the few pre-professional companies in the area which has the costumes, scenery, staff and trained dancers necessary to stage full length classical ballets.
The performance legacy of Virginia Ballet is extensive, including nearly all of the major full-length ballet classics. A tradition which originated in 1950 and still continues today is our Nutcracker, performed annually during the holiday season. Other full-length classics are Sleeping Beauty, presented in 1971, 1973, 1977, 1983 and 2002, The Little Humpbacked Horse in 1979, Giselle in 1981 and 1986, Swan Lake in 1985, Don Quixote in 1989, and Coppelia in 1994. These ballets featured the original choreography (by Marius Petipa and others) staged by Ms. Rousseau. One-act classics have included Les Sylphides, Raymonda Variations, and Gayne. Perhaps the finest demonstrations of the success of the experience offered by Virginia Ballet Company are its full-length productions with new choreography by alumnae and staff: Alice in Wonderland by Debra Shank in 1998, 1999 and 2004; The Red Shoes by Maria Cerva Eustace in 2003, and Snow White by Tish Cordova in 2005 and 2008. Ms. Cordova’s one-act works Firebird, Concerto in G and Grand Tarantelle premiered in 2007.
In addition to our traditional classical Nutcracker, Virginia Ballet Company and School presents an annual spring performance. Recently, Virginia Ballet has added a summer performance to our season. The summer performance is designed to showcase a variety of styles which have their foundation in classical ballet, ranging from contemporary, to modern, jazz, and hip hop. This expands the knowledge base and exposure of our students, allowing them to become more well-rounded dancers and performers.
The company also performs at community cultural events. Annually the company has been presenting performances as part of the Spotlight on the Arts Fairfax Festival. In previous years the company has presented full-length ballets at the Filene Center of Wolf Trap Farm Park for the Performing Arts, participated in the 1973 opening of the theater and the annual The International Children’s Festival Wolf Trap. The company has also performed with thePrince George’s Symphonic Association, Dimensions in Music in Maryland, and the George Mason Philharmonic. The company has also traveled to Purcellville, Virginia, to present a performance of Nutcracker for the Douglas Community Center. Virginia Ballet Company has also performed at the Lisner Auditorium in Washington D.C., in Warrenton, Virginia, and was invited to perform at a Dance Invitational in Lynchburg, Virginia.
In 1995, twelve Virginia Ballet Company advanced students were invited as the only cultural arts representatives from the United States to perform in Novgorod, Russia, in conjunction with the 1000th anniversary celebration of the city. A variety of native-themed American dances were performed as our students shared their talents and imparted a spirit of good will on behalf of the United States to the people of Novgorod and Moscow.
Most recently, Virginia Ballet Company and School has welcomed the opportunity to perform and appear in the surrounding communities to support local and national charities. The positive response from our audiences has energized our students and made them more aware of the benefits of community outreach programs.