Norvell Robinson, Jr. was born and grew up in Richmond, Va. He began his dance training at the School of the Richmond Ballet in 1979. Years later he was accepted to study dance at the North Carolina School of the Arts. While studying there, he had dreamed of the school in Richmond starting a professional company. In 1984, this came to fruition and he had the opportunity to not only audition, but be a part of the beginnings of the Richmond Ballet Company.
During his years in the school and company, he was fortunate to have the opportunity to learn, and dance, with some of the best teachers and dancers in the nation. Some of which include Mr. Jerry Schwender, Miss Leslie Peck, Mr. Kamaletinov, Miss Carol Sue Dodd, Mr. Randy Strawderman, Mr. Danny Buraceski, Miss Pam Turner, Mr. Arnott Mader, Mr. Malcolm Burn, Mrs. Ruth Petrinovic, Mr. Chris Burnside, Miss Maria Gisladottir, Mr. Igor Antonov, Miss Kristen Gallagher, Miss Tina Martin, Miss Tristi McMaster (to whom he is now married), and Mrs. Stoner Winslett, to name a few.
Now, some “30 something” years later, he and his wife have 3 wonderful children and are the directors of a local performing and fine arts nonprofit , PDM PRODUCTIONS, INC., whose mission is to create opportunities in the arts for children and adults in any community. All that is needed is the desire.
Norvell is very honored and pleased to be a part of the arts community.