Keith Robinson has been teaching dance for over 30 years. He teaches ballet and partnering for the School of Robinson Ballet as well as at the Belfast Dance Studio in Belfast. He is on the dance faculty of the School for the Performing Arts at the University of Maine in Orono. Keith is also a certified PTR tennis instructor at the Armstrong Tennis Center in Bangor.
Maureen Robinson began her teaching carrer in 1975 at the Severn School of Dance in Camden, Maine. For many years she taught ballet at Studio I in Millinocket and the Belfast Dance Studio in Belfast. Maureen teaches ballet of all levels and pointe for the School of Robinson Ballet. She also gives dance movement classes to the clients of Amicus’ Penobscot Valley Industries and Ralph Leek Elders programs. Maureen participated in the National Dance Institute Teacher Training program in NYC. She currently teaches dance in three public schools, the Airline School in Aurora as well as the Dedham School in Dedham and the Suzanne Smith School in Levant, both of which are a part of the ACHIEVE programs.
Originally from Bangor, Stevie grew up dancing for Robinson Ballet. She graduated with a BFA in Dance and Choreography from Virginia Commonwealth University where she studied with Robert Battle, Geri Houlihan, Scott Putman and Arnott Mader, among others. In addition to being the Artistic Director, Stevie is also a faculty member at the School of Robinson Ballet. She is a teaching artist for the ACHIEVE Program, an in-school/after school dance program aimed at fostering self-esteem and confidence in third and fourth grade students. Stevie has completed the National Dance Institute Teaching Artist Training program in New York City and is also a licensed Zumba Instructor.
Dale started dancing (tap and ballet) at the age of 8. In 1970, she was cast as Clara in the Maine State Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker under the direction of Polly Thomas. Dale was a soloist and also a founding member of Robinson Ballet. On Saturday mornings, Dale teaches Creative Movement, Intro-to-Dance and Tap/Ballet for the School of Robinson Ballet. Dale resides in Brewer with her son.
Nick’s dancing began when his friend (now wife) dared him to sign up for a jazz class at Studio One in Millinocket. He stayed highly involved at his hometown studio all the way through graduating from Stearns and took on an Instructor position through college. Nick joined Robinson Ballet Company in the fall of 2007 and danced several roles in their production of “The Nutcracker” from 07-10, and danced in the spring shows from 08-11. After graduating college, Nick married his high school sweetheart and they moved to Germany for a 3 year military tour. While his wife worked at Landstuhl Medical as an army nurse, Nick became actively involved in the community and got a grant through the military to open up a small studio on base. He taught all levels in Jazz, Ballet, and Tap for several months until the government furloughed. He found a German Dance Studio off base where he and 30 of his students enrolled at and he taught multiple levels of contemporary jazz and ballet there for the remainder of his time overseas. Nick and his family are now back in Maine and he couldn’t be more excited to be back with Robinson Ballet Company.
Nick will be teaching Youth Tap II/III and Contemporary Jazz IV/V on Thursdays.
Isabella Etro is in her third year at the University of Maine as a Theater Major with double minors in Dance and Business Administration. At UMaine she acts as a TA/assistant for Keith Robinson’s ballet class and Fredrick “Birdie” Sawyer’s hip hop class. Before college she danced and assisted at Brixham Dance Works in South Berwick, Maine, right next to her hometown of Eliot, Maine. After participating in their Nutcracker last year Isabella is very excited to be able to join the Robinson family!
Isabella will be teaching Musical Theater Dance and Youth Tap III/IV on Wednesday afternoons.