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

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A FUSION OF MOVEMENT

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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OUR COMPANY DANCERS


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? We would love to hear from you.

 
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HEATHER BELL

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. 

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MANDY JAMES

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.

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MORGAN NORGE

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.

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JENNIFER KLOTZ

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.