Armitage Gone! Dance
American Ballet Theatre
City Ballet of Los Angeles: Dancer, Founder, and Artistic Director
Robyn Gardenhire is the founder and artistic director of City Ballet of Los Angeles. As the artistic director and principal choreographer, Ms. Gardenhire has developed ballets that are classical as well as cutting edge, bringing new stories and perspective to the ballets. She has also developed a dance institution that reflects the economic and racial diversity of Los Angeles. City Ballet of Los Angeles is a scholarship school that offers the lessons of dance to all and the professional division nurtures students to go on to dance professionally. Gardenhire is a Los Angeles native who began her dance training with former Los Angeles Ballet under Irina Kovsmoska and Tatiana Lichine. Gardenhire continued her studies throughout her teenage years at the San Francisco Ballet School, American Ballet Theatre School, and New York City Ballet’s School of American Ballet (SAB). At age 16, Gardenhire became the youngest African American to be offered a contract with Joffrey II, with which she performed at City Center and and Jacob’s Pillow. She later joined Cleveland Ballet under the direction of Dennis Nahat, having original works created on her and performing principal roles such as “Choleric” in Balanchine’s Four Temperaments, “Arabian Princess” in The Nutcracker, and “Russian Girl” in Serenade. In an effort to expand her artistry, she joined the company of avant-garde choreographer Karole Armitage, touring all over Europe. Upon returning to the United States, Ms. Gardenhire was personally invited to join American Ballet Theatre by Mikhail Baryshnikov and later performed with his White Oak Project, working with choreographers Lar Lubovitch and Mark Morris.
Robyn Gardenhire, City Ballet of Los Angeles
One Step at a Time, Dream of Ballet Company Takes Shape, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles talent highlighted in “A Ballerina’s Tale,” Arts Meme
Founder of City Ballet Company of Los Angeles’ Robyn Gardenhire Matches Classical with Contemporary to Bring New Flavor to an Age Old Nut Cracker [sic], Stones in the Color of Rare