A Richmond native, STARRENE FOSTER, is a dance educator and the Artistic Director of Starr Foster Dance Project. Foster has been awarded Richmond’s Most Prestigious 25 Arts Innovators, Style Weekly's The Top 40 under 40 and is the beneficiary of the 2003 VCU Star Alumni Award where she is presently in her eighteenth year as an adjunct faculty member. Starrene has received grants from the Virginia Council for the Arts, and many commissions for new works from universities and dance companies. Starrene's choreography has been presented nationally which include: The Philadelphia Fringe Festival (PA), The Jack Guidone Theatre (DC), SUNY Buffalo (NY), The New World School (FL), Old Dominion University (VA), Cornell University (NY), James Madison University (VA), Dance Charlotte (NC), The Goose Route Dance Festival (WV), the Demetrius Klein Dance Festival (FL), University of Richmond (VA), Scranton Cultural Arts Center (PA), Baltimore Theatre Project (MD), The Lorton Workhouse (DC), International Festival of Music, Big River Dance Festival (WV) and the Festival of Choreography (NC). As a dancer, Starrene trained under many dance greats including Betty Jones, Jeff Slayton, Tatiana Akinfieva, and at the Neubert Ballet Institute. She has had the pleasure of performing works by Mark Taylor, Doug Varone, Sharon Kinney, Ronald K. Brown, Mark Dendy, Pewan Chow (Hong Kong), Raul Parro (Mexico), among many others. In addition to her faculty position at VCU, Starrene guest teaches throughout the country and is in her 15th year as faculty at the Richmond Ballet.
Heather Rhea O'Connor
HEATHER RHEA O'CONNOR (Dancer) is a native of Norfolk, Virginia and a graduate of the Governor’s School for the Arts. She began her early dance training at Evelyn Ott School of Dance, under the instruction of Denise Ott Land. In May of 2014, Heather graduated from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia with a BFA in Modern Dance. Following her studies, Heather relocated to Richmond in August of 2014 and has since then been teaching, choreographing, and performing dance around the area. Heather is currently a teaching artist for the Richmond Ballet’s Education program, Minds In Motion. Heather is so happy and thankful to be a part of the SFDP family. She has been dancing with the company since 2014.
JORDAN LIVERMON GLUNT
JORDAN LIVERMON GLUNT (Rehearsal Assistant/Dancer) began her study of dance in her hometown of Powhatan, VA and continued it through The School of Richmond Ballet. She graduated magna cum laude from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2003 with a BFA in Dance and Choreography. Currently, Jordan serves as Minds In Motion Artistic Assistant/Team XXL Administrator & MIM Teaching Artist for Richmond Ballet. She has been a member of the Minds In Motion faculty since 2007. She has performed with Starr Foster Dance Project since 2004 and continues to enjoy performing with the project’s talented group of dancers.
ERICK HOOTEN (Dancer) was born on an Air Force Base in the Philippines and started dancing fairly late in college. Originally introduced to Ballroom and Latin dancing as an extracurricular club member at the University of Virginia, he then became an Instructor for 6 years for independent studios as well as a certified Arthur Murray Instructor. He later obtained a B. A. from Old Dominion University in Theater and Dance and later an A. A. S. to be a Physical Therapist Assistant. Since moving to Richmond, he continues to be a dance enthusiast learning many styles of dance, working with the human body, and dancing as a member of the Starr Foster Dance Project since 2015
RYAN DAVIS (Dancer), originally form Norfolk, VA., began dancing recreationally at the age of 10 and found his passion for it while he was a dance student at the Governor's School for the Arts. In 2013, Ryan graduated from the Governor's School for the Arts and Maury High School and then continued his studies at VCU's Department of Dance and Choreography. He is currently an accompanist for dance classes at Virginia Commonwealth University and the School of the Richmond Ballet. This is Ryan's fourth season with SFDP.
ANNA BRANCH (Dancer), originally from Richmond, Virginia, began her training at the West End Academy of Dance. She later continued her studies in the trainee program at the Richmond Ballet training under Malcolm Burn, Igor Antonov and many others. In 2015, Anna graduated from Marymount Manhattan College in NYC with a Bachelors in Fine Arts Degree in dance. This is Anna's third year with SFDP.
KATE NEAL (Dancer) was born and raised in Casper, WY and started her dance training at the age of two. She attended Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Natick, MA, where she studied under Diane Arvanites. Kate continued her training with Diane at The Boston Conservatory where she also trained under Tommy Neblett and others. She completed her education at Mount Holyoke from where she received a B.A. in dance with a minor in Biology. Kate then performed with Prometheus Dance for five years in Boston, MA before relocating to Richmond, VA, where she connected with Starr Foster and fell in love with her choreography. Kate joined SFDP in 2016.
CAITLIN CUNNINGHAM (Dancer), originally from Norfolk, VA, began her classical ballet training with Virginia Ballet Theatre under Janina Bove, Suzanne Lownsbury, and Patricia Sorrell. She has worked with artists such as Lydia Roberts Coco, Roni Mahler and Duncan Cooper. Ms. Cunningham holds her B.S and M.S in Sociology from Virginia Commonwealth University and began dancing with SFDP in 2014.
ANGELA PALMISANO (Dancer), originally from Baltimore, Maryland, has been dancing since the age of two. She has had the pleasure of training at the prestigious George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology in Towson, Maryland for high school and also in the Department of Dance and Choreography at Virginia Commonwealth University. Angela joined SFDP in 2014.
BRITTANY POWERS (Guest Dancer) began her early years of dance training just south of Richmond, Virginia. She then attended Virginia Commonwealth University, graduating in May of 2017 with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance Performance and Choreography. While at VCU, she had the opportunity to dance in works created by faculty members Judy Steele, Autumn Proctor Wadell, Scott Putman and guest artist Liz Lerman. From January to May of 2016 Brittany traveled abroad to Paris,France to further her dance education under the direction of Michael Foley. Since then she has trained and performed with Ciudad Interior Danza Contemporánea, based in Queretaro, Mexico as well as performing at Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival for the American College Dance Association highlights. She is currently based in Richmond, VA