Robin's Open Road

ROBIN CONRAD

Choreographer & Dance Lecturer
Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

“Not every work of art is a masterpiece. The process of being involved in creating something is a beautiful and important part of who we are as people.”

INTERESTS:

Art Education

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Doubt Fulfillment Failure Hobbies & Pastimes Societal Pressures Inspiration Support & Encouragement Experience Education Confidence

FOUNDATION:

Learning / Being Challenged

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Attended the University of California, Irvine, where she received her bachelor’s degree in dance.
  • After graduation, she moved to New York City to pursue her dream of becoming a professional dancer—she performed with numerous dance companies over the next few years.
  • Discovered her passion for choreography and decided to move back to Los Angeles to attend the California Institute of the Arts, where she received her Master of Fine Arts degree in dance.
  • She began teaching part-time and producing her own work for various artists in residency.
  • She has worked on film and television projects—is a frequent collaborator with Sofia Coppola, having worked with her on a music video for The White Stripes and films like The Bling Ring.
  • Got an opportunity to become an associate professor of dance for Fullerton College, where she was eventually tenured—says her love of teaching dance stems from her desire to keep learning.
  • Decided to leave that teaching position and go back to school to pursue her doctorate degree in dance from Texas Woman’s University.
  • She is now a lecturer in dance at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and a freelance choreographer.

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