Reneé Robinson: Horton dance technique and history of Black dance in America

Reneé Robinson, famed Alvin Ailey dancer and Juilliard professor, will share the Horton technique and a discussion about the history of Black dance in America.

The Horton technique is a modern dance technique based on Native American dances, anatomical studies, and other movement influences.

About Reneé Robinson

Reneé Robinson is an American dancer from Washington, DC, who performed as a Principal Dancer of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. She began her dance training in classical ballet at the Jones-Haywood School of Ballet. She also attended the School of American Ballet, the Dance Theatre of Harlem and The Ailey School. Robinson was a member of the Alvin Ailey II before becoming a member of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 1981.

Before joining AAADT, Robinson was a student at New York University, majoring in dance and minoring in economics. She was torn between becoming a professional dancer or an attorney specializing in the arts.

She has worked with many renowned choreographers, such as Alvin Ailey, Lar Lubovitch, Donald McKayle, Judith Jamison, Ulysses Dove, Jerome Robbins, Bill T. Jones, Garth Fagan, Katherine Dunham, Hans van Manen and Carmen de Lavallade.

Robinson has also performed at the televised Kennedy Center Awards. Other televised appearances include performing at President Clinton’s first inauguration, American Express advertisements, the Bill Cosby Special on Alvin Ailey and on the PBS special “A Hymn for Alvin Ailey”  In 2003, she performed at the White House State Dinner in honor of the President of Kenya, Mwai Kibaki In 2008, while performing in the East Room of the White House during the first dance event hosted by Michelle Obama. Robinson hit one of the chandeliers while performing.

In their 2006 season, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater celebrated Robinson's 25th year with the company; her tenure is the longest of any female dancer in the company's history. Upon her retirement (with her final performance with the company on 9 December 2012), she was the last company member to have worked with its founder, Alvin Ailey, as well as being the only dancer to have performed with all three of the company's artistic directors (inclusive of Artistic Director Emeritus Judith Jamison and Jamison's successor, Robert Battle) 
 

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