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Renee Robinson

Renee Robinson (Washington, D. C.) was a member of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (AAADT). Her professional career with AAADT is the longest of any female dancer in the company’s history. An iconic dancer and a true legend, she is the last member of the company to have been hand-picked by its late founder Alvin Ailey. During her tenure at AAADT, Robinson performed principal roles in several of Ailey’s ballets including Revelations, Cry, Memoria, Blues Suite, among others. She danced in works choreographed by renowned choreographers such as Judith Jamison, Robert Battle, Lar Lubovitch, Ulysses Dove, Talley Beatty, Garth Fagan, Kyle Abraham, Ronald K. Brown, Elisa Monte, and Matthew Rushing. Robinson performed at the White House State Dinner in 2003 in honor of the President of Kenya, Mwai Kibaki, and at the White House Dance Series in 2010. In 2012, Robinson was honored with the prestigious Dance Magazine Award. A photo of Robinson is featured in the Jack Mitchell Alvin Ailey collection at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). In 2008, February 8 was declared Renee Robinson Day by Adrian Fenty, Mayor of Washington, D. C. Robinson is a dance educator, a master teaching artist with Ailey Arts In Education, and a faculty member at Yale University teaching under the Dance Studies Curriculum.