Featured Publications and Galleries of Past Shows and Events
Students in the Studio
2013 Fairy Festival
The Fairfax Ballet celebrated National Dance Week by hosting a Fairy Festival. This event featured dance performances, lessons, refreshments, games, and a chance for young dancers to meet the company members.
2013 Spring Performance Coronation of the Fairy Princess
Pictures taken at the Russell School of Ballet during rehearsals.
2012 Spring Performance Happily Ever After
Photos from The Fairfax Ballet’s Spring Ballet performances including Happily Ever After, a story ballet choreographed by Andrea Heininge and classical and contemporary works choreographed by Margaret Virkus, Korinna Sheppard, and Constance Dinapoli.
The Nutcracker over the years
Select pictures from previous The Fairfax Ballet performances of The Nutcracker.
RSB was featured in Pointe Magazine!
“Your Training: Hometown Advantage” by Ashley Rivers
Pointe Magazine (October/November 2011) features an article about training at a small number of high-quality studios — including ours! Here’s an excerpt, but check out the whole article in the link above.
It’s the American dream, ballet-style: A small-town girl works hard, turns heads in the big city and wins her way to the top of a world-class company. Teresa Reichlen is one such story: Before joining New York City Ballet, she studied at The Russell School of Ballet in Chantilly, VA. “It’s nice to be a big fish in a small pond to start out,” she says. Instead of always dancing in the corps, “you get to perform the challenging parts.”
Several small studios around the country are producing professional-caliber dancers. These schools may not receive the same publicity as their counterparts with companies or boarding schools attached, but they prove that you don’t need high-profile training to make it as a dancer. In fact, the extra attention, performance opportunities and lower-stress environment might be what you need to grow—not just as a dancer, but as an artist.
The Russell School of Ballet
Directors Karla and Hans Petry, the husband and wife team at The Russell School, offer a nurturing environment, and students and teachers become close in this tight-knit community.
Classes: Ballet, Pointe, Variations, Character, Jazz, Tap, Modern, Lyrical, Stretch
Number of students: 375–400 (audition required for higher-level classes)
Performances per year: Three
Alumni: Teresa Reichlen (NYCB principal), Carrie Ellmore-Tallitsch (Martha Graham Dance Company principal), Ian Thatcher (formerly with SFB, PNB, and Ballets de Monte Carlo)
Fun fact: The school is beginning its 51st year.