South Carolina's Largest Performing Arts Organization Celebrates 60 Years!

Regina Willoughby

Years Active – 1997-2018

Company – 1997  I  Soloist – 2001  I  Principal – 2006  I  Ballerina – 2010  I  Retired – March 2018

Ballerina Regina Willoughby began dancing at the age of eight at Ballet Midland while growing up in West Texas. At the age of fifteen, she was awarded a scholarship to study at Virginia School of the Arts, where she went on to graduate. She also studied at Westside in Los Angeles and on scholarship with the Joffrey Ballet School in New York.

Regina’s professional 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 Nutcracker; “Maiden” and “Lucy” in Dracula:  Ballet with a Bite; title roles in Cinderella and Romeo and 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 and the “Sand Dance” Pas de Trois and “Daughters of the South” from Off the Wall and Onto the Stage:  Dancing the Art of Jonathan Green. The title role of Cleopatra was created on Regina receiving rave 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 Company in 2001, principal dancer in 2006 and Ballerina in 2010. Regina retired in March 2018 after performing in the title role of Cleopatra.

She is married with two children. Regina is an ABT National Training Curriculum Certified Teacher with eighteen years teaching experience.

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