STARRENE FOSTER; ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Starr Foster Dance, founded in 2001 by Artistic Director Starrene Foster, is a critically acclaimed modern dance company which calls Richmond, Virginia its home. Known for creating emotionally resonant works, Foster has received numerous awards for her teaching and choreography and feels strongly about creating work that embraces the human spirit. The SFD dancers have received much praise for their superb technique and the innate sense of connectedness while executing Foster’s unique movement vocabulary. Starr Foster Dance is the recipient of the Theresa Pollak Award for Artistic Excellence, has been featured on PBS's Virginia Currents, and was named as one of Richmond's Best Dance Company by Richmond's Style Weekly's Readers Choice Award in both 2016 and 2017. SFD performs regularly through out the county and is dedicated to their mission of collaborating with all types of artists in their quest to make the world richer with art. For the last 16 years Starr Foster Dance has produced the highly recognized Mid-Atlantic Choreographers, providing other dance artists opportunities to present work.
A Richmond native, STARRENE FOSTER, is a performer, dance educator and the Artistic Director of Starr Foster Dance. Starrene has been recognized as one of Richmond’s Most Prestigious 25 Arts Innovators,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 dance works from universities and various dance companies. In 2016 and 2017, Starr Foster Dance was recognized as one of the Best Dance Companies in Richmond's Style Weekly Magazine Readers Choice Award issue. Starrene teaches throughout the country and her 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), The Richmond Ballet (VA), 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.