Robin Conrad

Robin Conrad

Choreographer & Dance Lecturer


Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo, CA USA


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.

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Robin Conrad

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Day In The Life Of A Choreographer & Dance TeacherWeb Exclusive
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You Can Incorporate Dance Into Other CareersWeb Exclusive
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Dealing With Body Image IssuesWeb Exclusive
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Staying InspiredWeb Exclusive
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How Dance Can Influence Your LifeWeb Exclusive
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Pursuing A PhDWeb Exclusive
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Build A Platform Of ConfidenceWeb Exclusive
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Dealing With Self-DoubtInterview Excerpt
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What Makes Dance Worth ItInterview Excerpt
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My Career PathInterview Excerpt
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Dealing With FailureInterview Excerpt
Milestones

Milestones

My road in life has taken me all over.
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 <i>The Bling Ring</i>.
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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Education

Education

highschool
High School
undergrad
Bachelor
Dance, General
University of California-Irvine
graduate
Graduate
Dance, General
California Institute of the Arts
doctorate
Doctorate
Dance, General
Texas Woman's University
certification
Certification/License
Yoga Teacher Training/Yoga Therapy
Career

Career

Choreographer & Dance Lecturer

I am a university lecturer and a freelance choreographer.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Art
Art
Education
Education
Learning / Being Challenged
Learning / Being Challenged

Day to Day

I start a teaching day by reviewing the material I'm covering in class. I always take a few minutes before class to get in the right mindset—I want to engage and inspire my students to think differently through their bodies. While I'm actually teaching time flies! I usually stick around after class to answer questions and chat with my students. If I'm working on a choreography project, I prepare accordingly and if it's a commercial job I usually have meetings prior to being on set for a shoot.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

You need the ability to work with others, to really listen and respond to people's needs. Have empathy for who and where people are in their lives and demonstrate enthusiasm to motivate people to get excited to dance and be expressive with their bodies.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

I think the most important thing would be to visualize where you want to be. For example, if it's dancing with a company, what are your top 3 choices and how do those companies hire? If it's a teaching position, how can you position yourself as well rounded, with professional creative experience, as well as the necessary education and teaching experience and then make those things happen.

Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"You're not good enough. You don't have the right body. "

Challenges I Overcame

Financial
Physical Issues
Self-Esteem Issues