Ballerina Regina Willoughby began dancing at the age of eight at Ballet Midland while growing up in West Texas. At the age of 15, she was awarded a scholarship to study at Virginia School of the Arts where she graduated from. She also studied at Westside in Los Angeles and on scholarship with Joffrey Ballet School in New York.
Regina’s professional ballet career began at Ballet Austin, where she danced solo roles including Stephen Mills’ “Four Mortal Men.” In 1997, she joined Columbia City Ballet, dancing such roles as Arabian, Dew Drop Fairy, Snow Queen, and Sugar Plum Fairy in the Nutcracker ballet; Maiden and Lucy in Dracula: Ballet with a Bite; title roles in Cinderella and Romeo & Juliet; and Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty.
Director William Starrett has created many roles on her for his original ballets, including Mina in Dracula’s Revenge, “Sand Dance” pas de trois and “Daughters of the South” from Off the Wall & Onto the Stage. The title role of Cleopatra was created on Regina and received raving reviews.
Critics have lauded her commanding stage presence, stating “Willoughby, as one of City Ballet’s up and coming stars, was exotically arrogant as Arabian,” and “the showstopper was Regina Willoughby with her sultry stage presence.” Free Times said that “Willoughby is the company’s most enchanting female performer, both technically and dramatically,” and “Willoughby possesses that special it quality that makes a performance so riveting.”
Regina was made a soloist of the ballet company in 2001, principal dancer in 2006, and ballerina in 2010. She is married with two children. Regina is an American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum certified teacher with 18 years teaching experience.