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Renee Robinson

Renee Robinson (Washington, D.C.) began her training in classical ballet at the Jones-Haywood School of Ballet. She was the recipient of two Ford Foundation scholarships to the School of American Ballet and was awarded full scholarships to the Dance Theatre of Harlem School and The Ailey School, where she danced as a member of Ailey II. Ms. Robinson was a member of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater from 1981 to 2012 during which time she performed principal roles in several of Mr. Ailey’s ballets including Revelations, Cry, Memoria, Blues Suite, and others. She danced in works choreographed by renowned choreographers such as Robert Battle, Judith Jamison, Lar Lubovitch, Ulysses Dove, Talley Beatty, Garth Fagan, Kyle Abraham, Ronald K. Brown, Elisa Monte, and Matthew Rushing. 


Ms. Robinson performed at the White House State Dinner in 2003 in honor of the President of Kenya, Mwai Kibaki, and at the White House Dance Series in 2010. Recently, Ms. Robinson was honored with the prestigious Dance Magazine Award. She is a master teaching artist with Ailey Arts in Education and is a faculty member at Yale University teaching under the Dance Studies Curriculum.