Master Class Series: Maggie Small from Richmond Ballet

Maggie Small headshot

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Maggie Small’s training began at the School of Richmond Ballet. While in middle school she participated in the Richmond Ballet’s Minds in Motion program and in high school she was invited to attend the Richmond Ballet’s trainee program. She spent one year at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and completed an apprenticeship at Richmond Ballet before being promoted into the full company. 

While dancing with the Richmond Ballet she has performed many classical roles including the title role in Cinderella, Swanhilda in Coppelia and the Peasant Pas de Deux in Giselle. She has also had the opportunity to dance leads in many ballets by George Balanchine including Duo Concertant, Serenade, Liebeslieder Waltzer, Who Cares?, The Four Temperaments and Apollo. She has performed in works of enduring value such as Jerome Robbins’ Fancy Free and John Butler’s Carmina Burana and Eve in After Eden.

She has originated roles with many contemporary choreographers such as Ma Cong, Jessica Lang, Gina Patterson, Mauricio Wainrot, Val Caniparoli, William Soleau and Malcolm Burn. While with the Richmond Ballet, Maggie has performed at the Linbury Theatre in the Royal Opera House in London, in the Chicago Dancing Festival, in the Spring to Dance Festival in St. Louis, Missouri and multiple times at the Joyce Theater in New York City. 

Most recently she has traveled to China with the Richmond Ballet where she performed as a part of the ‘Meet in Beijing’ Arts Festival as well is in the cities of Shanghai, Dezhou and Jinan. She has spent summers working with National Choreographers Initiative, VOICE Dance Company and Jessica Lang Dance, with whom she performed at Jacob’s Pillow. In 2012 she was featured on the cover of Dance Magazine as “Richmond’s Home Grown Ballerina.” She will begin her eleventh season with the Richmond Ballet in August.