Breathtaking artistry fusing contemporary movement with the grace of classical ballet.



Stavna Ballet is a Richmond-based professional dance company founded in 2010 by Artistic Director, Shannon Hunter McConville. Stavna Ballet’s mission is to captivate, enrich and inspire our community and audience through breathtaking artistry that explores the fusion of contemporary movement and the grace of classical ballet.

We embody our mission by creating exceptional dance performances that captivate and inspire. We invest in the community by providing an outlet for local artists to express themselves through the art of dance and by inspiring young minds through engaging and interactive learning experiences.

We love the fact that  we can pop in to the studio during any class session and peep in a window to see dancers in a variety of classes that may be in session.  The openness of the studio allows parents, guests and siblings see what is being taught, how it is being taught and it is always amazing to see the accomplishments made just in  one session by all students just in the way the classes are taught.  Peeping in to see the works in progress are not a distraction at this studio as it seems to make the students thrive and strive harder because they know there may be an audience.
— Proud Parent
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The professional company at Stavna Ballet proudly features the following dancers in Richmond, Virginia. Our dancers are passionate, talented, and devoted to the art of movement. Interested in joining our company?

Contact us to take a company class:  Season starts September 18th,

Open Classes Tuesday-Friday 10:00-11:30am
  Questions: We would love to hear from you.



Heather has trained and performed throughout the United States. Under the direction of Rose Barile at the Alpharetta Dance Theatre, she danced various lead roles and performed at venues including the White House and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Heather earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Georgia and also had the unique opportunity to perform in the 2006 Opening Ceremonies of the Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia. In Richmond she is proud to have found a home dancing with the Stavna Ballet as one of the founding company members. Highlights from performing with the Stavna Ballet include, Queen of Hearts , Blue Bird,  and The Evil Queen in Snow White. 



Originally from Knoxville, Tennessee, Mandy grew up in Powhatan, Virginia, where she danced competitively at a local studio and performed roles including Clara and the Snow Queen in The Nutcracker. After attending Averett University in Danville, she began teaching English at Midlothian Middle School in Chesterfield County. In 2010, Mandy became one of Stavna Ballet’s founding company members. She is honored to perform with the company and has enjoyed lead roles such as the Lion in Wizard of Oz and the White Rabbit in Stavna’s production of Alice in Wonderland.



Morgan started dancing at the age of three and has loved it ever since. She danced at a neighborhood studio until the age of sixteen, when she came to the Stavna Ballet. The following summer, she studied at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York and performed at the Symphony Space Theater. She has performed in multiple shows with the Stavna Ballet including Carnival of the Animals, Snow White, and the Wizard of Oz. After spending one season as a trainee, Morgan was promoted to company member in 2015.



Jennifer grew up dancing in her hometown of Allentown, Pennyslvania where she studied various styles of dance including Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Contemporary and Tap. Jen is a graduate of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA where she earned her BFA in Modern dance performance under the direction of Donna Faye Burchfield. Upon graduation Jen moved to Richmond, VA and began her teaching career with Stavna Ballet in 2013. In addition to teaching at Stavna, Jen is an adjunct professor at John Tyler Community College and is a Barre fitness instructor in the Richmond area. She has had the pleasure of performing with the Stavna Ballet in their productions of Snow White, The Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland and most recently has been cast as Peter in Peter Pan. 



We are more than a ballet company...

Stavna Ballet infuses our passion and joy for the art of dance into our dance academy and outreach programs as well. 


ballet intensive 

Spend two weeks this summer at the Stavna Ballet for an unforgettable dance experience!  Students 12-17, Dancers 18-22 yrs. 


Stavna Ballet Intensive

This summer intensive provides a two week session for advanced dancers to enrich their lives though Innovative dance education in a professional ballet environment. Our goal is to help nurture the love of dance through an exciting and progressive curriculum. In addition to teaching dance at the highest level, the outstanding faculty members of the Stavna Ballet will provide a nurturing backdrop to promote confidence and self-awareness. 



August 5th- 16th 

The Stavna Ballet Intensive: Two levels for students ages 12-14 and 15-17 and  dancers ages 18-22 years old interested in trainee positions for the 2018/19 season. Classes will be held from 9:00am-4:00pm Monday-Friday

Tuition $600

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What to Expect 

 Dancers will begin each day with a ballet technique class, and will continue with pointe work, boys class, jazz, modern, contemporary and choreography. The dancers will also have the unique opportunity to have classes in yoga, pilates, nutrition, ballet terminology, dance history, and injury prevention to create a well rounded experience. On the last day of the intensive, dancers will have an in-studio performance to showcase their talent. Female dancers must be pointe proficient to attend the intensive.