Richmond Ballet's Studio performance hit the mark

With its engaging 35th Celebration ballet that opened the season done and before the “Nutcracker” takes over December, Richmond Ballet’s smart Studio One series offered two uplifting performances Saturday, one looking to the past, the other to the future.

Held in Richmond’s large Canal Street facility, Studio One featured one of the dance world’s most revered choreographers, Jerome Robbins, in a 100th celebration of his life’s work and the up and coming and already highly celebrated Nicole Haskins.

Richmond offers varied dance throughout its season, the Studio series being a chance to explore smaller scaled works, many of them contemporary or modern in style. It’s a cool...