Profile of Robin Gee

October 10, 2011 § 1 Comment

Robin Gee, Associate Professor of Dance at UNCG, will be touring with the NC Dance Festival as a solo artist. Robin has been at UNCG for many years, teaching African and Modern dance in addition to many other courses.  In 2011, she received a Teaching Excellence Award from the newly minted School of Music Theater and Dance at UNCG.

Robin received her MFA in Dance Choreography and Performance from Sarah Lawrence College, and went on to spend 15 years as the Artistic Director and Choreographer of Cinque Folkloric Dance Company.  She is the recipient of the West African Research Association’s Post Doctoral Fellowship in African Research and the Central Piedmont Regional Artists Hub Grant in 2005 for her work on dance documentation in Guinea, West Africa. She is most recently the recipient of the American Association of University Women’s Postdoctoral Research Fellowship for her work on The Mande Lagacy – A Multimedia Dance Documentation Project. She is also co-creator of  Feche, an interactive DVD-Rom that documents the dance forms of Senegal and the Casamance.

Robin founded Sugarfoote Productions in 2006. This company aims to help local audiences experience the African and Diasporan cultural traditions, and is the 2010/2011 recipient of the UAC Multicultural Arts Investments Grants for her community outreach programming.

In the NC Dance Festival, she will be performing “Ramblin’ Blues”, choreographed by Duane Cyrus. Danced to the music of Aretha Franklin, “Ramblin’ Blues” is a tribute to the voices of the blues and soul, and a celebration of influential African-American dancers and choreographers. Throughout this piece you will see the sultry movement and confident performance that is an integral part of Blacks in Dance.

Robin performs Oct. 27 in Boone, Nov. 4 in Greensboro, and Feb. 25 in Wilmington.  Find the full details here.

Up next on the blog: A profile of Charlotte artist Caroline Calouche!


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