A breathtaking 'Midsummer's Night Dream'

When it comes to top drawer dance that is competitive with many big city companies, you have only to drive up the road to the Richmond Ballet to enjoy just that. Officially designated the State Ballet of Virginia, this professional company offers a variety of highly polished dance that matches the output found in many major entities.

Richmond's sure footed, highly talented dancers, whether in classical or modern mode, consistently live out Balanchine's musing that music must be seen and dance heard. He also said he didn't want people who want to dance but who have to dance, and there is a difference. With the Richmond Ballet you find that visible sense of dedication, drive and...