Teaching Artist, Dance Scholar, Choreographer
Robin Conrad is a concert and commercial choreographer, teaching artist, dance scholar, and somatics practitioner based in Los Angeles. Commercial choreography projects include an episode of the NBC comedy, Sean Saves the World, three episodes of hit ABC comedy Suburgatory, an episode of the show GCB, for which she choreographed several numbers featuring Kristin Chenoweth, and dance coach for Emma Watson for Sofia Coppola’s latest movie, The Bling Ring. Robin also choreographed a video with music by Sia for Madonna’s YouTube channel, DanceOn, and Sofia Coppola’s previous movie Somewhere, which won the prestigious Golden Lion award at the 2010 Venice Film Festival and for which Robin was mentioned in Interview magazine and on the DanceOn channel's weekly biography of current choreographers. She has also choreographed several commercials and music videos for American and British television, including a video for the rock group Scissor Sisters. In 2005, she worked closely with world-renowned photographer Philip Lorca diCorcia on Lucky 13, a series of dance images that were critically acclaimed and appeared in galleries worldwide. This collection was cited in the New Yorker as “one of the most argued over shows of the season.” She choreographed a White Stripes video directed by Sofia Coppola for which she taught supermodel Kate Moss to dance. For her work on the project, Robin was mentioned in British Vogue and noted as a member of Coppola’s “smart mob” in The New York Times Magazine.
Robin’s work in the concert dance world is extensive. Last June she premiered a work in the Home Grown Festival at the Bootleg Theater in Los Angeles. In 2015 she was invited to present a lecture and premiere a work at the University of Hawaii, Manoa. In 2014 Robin gave a presentation and taught a master class at the World Dance Alliance Global Conference in Angers, France. In 2013, Robin presented work at the World Dance Alliance Conference in Vancouver and the Pasadena Dance Festival. She also taught a master class in contemporary dance at the Scotiabank Dance Centre in Vancouver. In 2012, she premiered a work in progress at Los Angeles Live Arts and completed a six-week artist/teacher residency at the Skirball Cultural Center, which concluded with a full-length performance. Based on the exhibit Women Hold Up Half The Sky, the show was the culmination of Robin’s work with spoken-word artists from the Downtown Women’s Center, teenage girls from an inner-city high school, and members of Robin’s professional company. As a result of this project she was an invited speaker at the American Association of Museums Conference. In September 2009, she presented two pieces in the DUMBO Dance Festival in New York City. She was one of five choreographers chosen out of hundreds to be featured in the gala performance. She was the recipient of a Durfee Foundation Grant, which afforded her this travel opportunity. In 2009 and 2010, Robin’s work was selected for presentation at the competitive Dance Under the Stars Festival. Robin’s choreography has been performed at numerous venues in Los Angeles including: The Palace Theater; Highways Performance Space; The Electric Lodge; The Comedy Store; The Argyle Hotel and the legendary Silverlake rock club, Spaceland. Robin’s work was featured at the Walt Disney Concert Hall’s RedCat Theater and in 2006 her company was nominated for two prestigious Lester Horton Awards.
Robin holds a BA in Dance from UC Irvine and an MFA in Dance from CalArts. While at UCI, she spent a year abroad in Ghana, West Africa studying dance. She worked as a graduate instructor at CalArts, a guest choreographer at L.A. Valley College and a guest lecturer at University of California, Irvine. She also taught dance for six years at a Los Angeles high school where she developed an outreach program to serve under-funded communities with dance classes and performances. Robin is also certified to teach Pilates from the highly regarded program at Long Beach Dance Conditioning, and taught for the five years in a Los Angeles Pilates studio working with both conditioning and rehabilitation clients. In addition, she holds both Gyrokinesis and yoga certifications. Robin is also an avid Argentine Tango dancer. Robin is "All But Dissertation" (ABD) in the Dance Studies program at Texas Woman’s University.