Magazine article Dance Magazine

Rachel Richardson

Magazine article Dance Magazine

Rachel Richardson

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The luminous Rachel Richardson has it all: long legs, articulate feet and a sparkling smile that makes her prodigious technique seem all the more natural. She was a standout in American Ballet Theatre's Studio Company, where she danced--with particular generosity and expansiveness--a memorable Medora in Le Corsaire, but during ABT's Metropolitan Opera season last spring, she held the stage as both the Fairy Miettes qui tombent, or Breadcrumb, and the Gold Fairy in Alexei Ratmansky's The Sleeping Beauty. Though she's only been a member of the corps de ballet since 2015, one thing is clear: Richardson is in remarkable possession of ballerina aplomb.

Company: American Ballet Theatre

Age: 20

Hometown: Eugene, Oregon

Training: Oregon Ballet Academy, Eugene Ballet Academy and The Rock School for Dance Education

Accolades: Youth America Grand Prix silver medal, senior division

How the ballet bug bit her: When she started dancing at age 8, Richardson was deep into soccer and avoided all things girly. "My older sister danced," she says. "Her teacher saw my feet and thought that I should try a class. I didn't want to do it originally because I sort of thought it was nothing, like really easy. After my first class I totally loved it. I was always up for a challenge."

Insider tip: "I went to The Rock for one year and then my parents asked me to come back to Eugene for my sister's senior year." That coincided with an illuminating year of training at Eugene Ballet Academy. …

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