*Abbreviations under the "Available" column: A = Available // NA = Not Available // R = Previously Registered // WL = Currently on the Wait List

Life as a Ballerina: Tutus, Tears, and Triumphs

Have you ever wondered what life is like as a professional ballet dancer? There aren’t many careers from which you retire at the age of 35, but this is exactly what Valerie Tellmann-Henning did. From dancing the role of Clara in The Nutcracker at the age of 12, to the Sugar Plum Fairy, she has done it all. Join Valerie, in time for the Richmond Ballet performance at Piedmont Community College on March 7th, as she discusses her 16 years in the company, her transition to her new role as the Ballet’s Public Relations and Content Manager and the exciting things coming up in the organization.
Valerie Tellmann-Henning began her dance training at Tulsa Ballet and Lexington Ballet. She joined the Richmond Ballet in 2000, and while continuing to perform with them, Valerie also joined “The  Suzanne Farrell Ballet” in Washington D.C., where she rose to the rank of Soloist and performed acclaimed Balanchine works from 2013 - 2017. She has performed principal roles in Giselle, Romeo and Juliet, and Cinderella; Balanchine ballets such as, Allegro     Brillante, Mozartiana, Stars and Stripes and Emeralds; as well as in Anthony Tudor's Jardin Aux Lilas and Agnes de Mille's Rodeo.    Valerie has traveled, performing in London, Chicago, New York City, and most recently theatres throughout China. She just         completed her final season dancing with both the Suzanne Farrell Ballet and Richmond Ballet in May of 2017!

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
L13 Valerie Tellmann-Henning Jan 26 Fr 1:30-3:00 pm Unity of Charlottesville A

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