dance

Blair Ritchie

Modern Technique

Blair Ritchie graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor of fine arts in dance from Mason Gross School of the Arts. Since graduating she has actively pursued her two passions: performing and the study of the human body.

Since 2007 Ritchie has performed both nationally and internationally as a member of Freespace Dance under the direction of Donna Scro. While with Freespace, she has had the opportunity to perform extensively in New York City including Dance Theater Workshop, Ailey Citigroup Theater, the 92nd St. Harkness Dance Center, and the Barishnikov Theater. In addition to performing in New York City, she has toured nationally performing at Jacob's Pillow in Becket, MA, and numerous theaters on the West Coast. In addition, Ritchie was invited to perform with the company at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Edinburgh Scotland. She is also proud to be a current member of the Cleo Mack Dance Project under the direction of Cleo Mack where she recently performed in her first NY season with the established company. She has also been a member of the Von Howard Project, a contemporary ballet company based in both NYC and Virginia, and had the opportunity to perform in David Dorfman's "Underground" at the Brooklyn Academy of music (BAM).

Ritchie is a registered yoga teacher (RYT) with a background in Anusara Yoga, a challenging alignment based style of Hatha Yoga that she has studied rigorously since 2004. In addition to her required teacher training she has taken extensive therapeutics training to learn the practical applications of yoga and hands-on adjustments to the chronically and acutely injured body. 

She has been the assistant director of Washington Rock Modern Company (WRMC) under Cleo Mack since 2009, which allows her to work with young artists age 11–18 as they develop their artistic talent. Ritchie currently is a faculty member at Mason Gross where she teaches technique and has recently formulated the curriculum for their Yoga for Dancers program. In addition she sits on the Technique Curriculum Committee for the school.