The Summer Intensive Program at the Richmond Ballet

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Richmond Ballet
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Based in Virginia, Dr. Sridhar Yaratha has served as a forensic and staff psychiatrist for the Men’s Long Term Forensic Unit at Central State Hospital for the last nine years. An active member of his community, Dr. Sridhar Yaratha supports organizations such as the Richmond Ballet.

Founded in 1957, the Richmond Ballet offers a wide range of classes for students of all ages. In addition to these standard lessons, the company hosts a Summer Intensive Program for talented youth to cultivate their passion for dance and improve their overall ballet technique. A number of alumni from the summer program have become professional ballet dancers with the Richmond Ballet as well as other companies across the U.S.

This year, the Ballet offered its 2015 Summer Intensive Program from June 29 through August 1 at its facility in downtown Richmond. Under the direction of Artistic Associate Judy Jacob and faculty from The School of Richmond Ballet, the program welcomed students ages 13 and up. Through the program, dancers were able to take a number of specialized classes, including pointe, partnering, character dance, and modern. Faculty also facilitated enrichment courses that taught participants about dance nutrition and injury prevention.