School of Theatre & Dance

Sandra Robinson

Sandra Robinson has been an Associate Professor of the Dance faculty in the College of The Arts at the University of South Florida since 1982 and was appointed Associate Director of the School of Theatre and Dance in 2001. Prior to this, Professor Robinson earned her B.F.A. in Ballet Performance at the prestigious North Carolina School of Arts and performed professionally with North Carolina Dance Theatre and Pennsylvania Ballet. In her position as Ballet Mistress for NCDT, she worked closely with Director Robert Lindgren in the restaging of classical and modern repertory and the training of company members. Professor Robinson assisted Agnes de Mille in the formation of her company, American Dance Heritage, and assisted Ann Reinking in the California production of Chicago and a ballet, Nilsson Schmilsson for Spectrum Dance Theatre in Seattle.

She has studied ballet pedagogy throughout the United States and Canada and developed and directed the Soviet Ballet Teaching Seminar which employed an international faculty and was designed for serious dancers and teachers from throughout the United States. Since 1990 she has taught and choreographed in summer programs across the country including Ann Reinking's Broadway Theatre Project. Additionally, she has choreographed numerous ballets and commissioned works for dance companies nationally.

Professor Robinson has been the recipient of a number of grants and awards for a variety of professional endeavors, including support funding toward the training and certification of body conditioning on the Pilates reformer and in 1997 she was awarded the EXCEL Leadership Fellowship for Women and Minorities. In recognition for excellence in teaching, she has received the competitive TIP Award and the Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award. The Gwen Verdon Award for Excellence in Arts and Education was presented to her by Ann Reinking at the final performance of the 2004 Broadway Theatre Project.

In addition to her work as a teacher and choreographer, Professor Robinson has been the Coordinator for Student Services and Academic Advising at the USF School of Theatre & Dance and the Director of Dance Studies at Jacksonville University, Department of Dance. She has earned appointments to the boards of Tampa Ballet, Florida Dance Association, the Hillsborough County Arts Council, the Magnet Schools Arts Coalition, the Junior League of Tampa, and the National Society of Arts and Letters. As the Dance Specialist for the published Teaching Manual "Integrated Arts Projects for Boys and Girls," her written contributions are being used as a guide in area Boys and Girls Clubs.

Professor Robinson utilized a year-long sabbatical from USF to act as Interim Director of the Classical Ballet Training Program at the Patel Conservatory of the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center and to do research for the publication of a book on dance teacher training. She continues to coach dancers and expand her professional horizons.

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