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Robyn Gardenhire
Artistic Director

Robyn Gardenhire, a native Angeleno, began dancing at a small school in Compton, California. By chance she was able to audition for the then Los Angeles Ballet's Jr. company and received a scholarship to study at the school. It was there that the doors to a professional career opened. Receiving scholarships and studying at American Ballet Theater School, San Francisco Ballet and New York Ballet, she gained her first contract with Joffrey II and danced at City Center and Jacobs Pillow. Robyn joined Cleveland Ballet soon after under the direction of Dennis Nahat and had original works developed on her as well as performing such principal roles as Choleric from Balanchine's Four Temperaments, Arabian Princes from Nutcracker, and Russian Girl in Serenade. Joining avant-garde choreographer Karlo Armitag she toured all of Europe. At the request of Mikhail Baryshnikov, Robyn joined American Ballet Theater and then his White Oak Project working with choreographers Lar Lubivitch and mark Morris. Ms. Gardenhire was the catalyst in establishing American Ballet Theaters diversity committee that introduces minority children to classical dance through their "Build a Ballet" program and was instrumental in providing many scholarships that where given to minority students to study in the school. After teaching and choreographing throughout the United States and abroad, Ms. Gardenhire returned to Los Angeles and opened the doors to City Ballet of Los Angeles in 2000. Her mission is to create a professional training school that provides full scholarships to students that are economically and socially disadvantaged and a company whose repertoire is a mixture of classical and contemporary dance. A company that can bring the music of J. S. Back and John Coltrane together in one program, and present new stories to this classical art form that nurture and evoke a sense of community to its audience. The Company debut was in 2003 at the Bing Theater.

Robyn Gardenhire
Artistic Director and Choreographer