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Robin K. Becker

Associate Professor of Drama and Dance


Degrees

MA, 2002, Hofstra Univ; BA, 1999, Hofstra Univ


Bio

Robin Becker (Associate Professor of Dance, Modern and Choreography) began her dance training with Bentley Stone and Walter Camryn in Chicago, Illinois. She continued her studies on scholarship at the Martha Graham School in New York City. She also studied choreography and was mentored by Bessie Schonberg for ten years. Robin was a principal dancer with the Eleo Pomare Dance Company from 1973 to 1983 and performed with the Martha Graham Ensemble, the Pearl Lang Dance Company, Ballet Etc., Los Angeles Dance Theatre. She performed as a guest artist with the Denishawn Repertory Dancers at the Biennale Festival in Lyons, France. In 1987, Robin founded her own company which has enjoyed critical success with engagements at premiere New York dance institutions that include the Joyce Theater's Altogether Different Series, the Harkness Dance Project's Playhouse 91 series, the Fiorello Festival, and three seasons at St. Marks Church-in-the-Bowery.

Ms. Becker's wide-ranging experiences as a choreographer include residencies at Southold Dance Theatre in South Bend, Indiana, and at The Yard, a colony for performing artists on Martha's Vineyard. She was also elected to participate in the Carlisle Project; a competitive residency program designed to foster the creation of new ballet choreography. During the summers of 1995-1997, Ms. Becker was a guest artist at the South Carolina Summer Dance Conservatory, and was also in residence at the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies with musician Paul Horn. In 1998, she was commissioned to create a new work that was performed with Roberta Flack in a New York concert to benefit breast cancer research and awareness. Ms. Becker performs regularly as a soloist with the Columbia Chamber Players, performing structured improvisations inspired by poetry and literature.

Ms. Becker's work is informed by her extensive training in numerous forms of dance, bodywork, meditation practice, and by Continuum, an innovative field of movement education based on the study of the body as a fluid system. Ms. Becker is an Authorized Teacher of Continuum. Ms. Becker weaves her foundation of classical dance training together with the ongoing inquiry and discovery of contemporary dance. Her commitment to the exploration of movement, healing and spirituality permeate her art. She has a BA in Dance and a MA in Humanities.

Robin Becker has served on the faculties of American Ballet Theatre, Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, The Fiorello LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts in New York City, the Princeton Ballet Society, the Actor's Studio, Peridance Center, and the Stone-Camryn School of Ballet in Chicago. She is an accredited teacher of the Martha Graham Technique and is currently on the faculty of Hofstra University. She has presented master classes for several prestigious dance programs, including the New England American College Dance Festival, the University of Utah, Wesleyan University, Skidmore College, the University of South Carolina, and BalletMet in Columbus, Ohio.

Ms. Becker has been both a New York and New Jersey State Artist in Residence. She has presented workshops at an international conference on Prayer at Princeton University, and for the past fifteen years she has taught workshops in Switzerland at The Zenith Institute in Olivone, and Kientalerhof in Kiental.


Teaching Interests

modern technique, somatic inquiries, choreography

Research Interests

new dance work in process referencing the affect system as explained by psychologist Silvan Tomkins. My dance company was selected out of 200 dance companies to develop this work in a space grant residency at City University in New York City. I have an ongoing interest in the transformative potential of performance -and the work I continue to do with veterans. I do ongoing research in the study of trauma and embodiment.

Recent Courses Taught

Course Title Level
DNCE 011 (CP) MOD DNCE 1- FRSH PRFM LAB Undergraduate
DNCE 015 (CP) BALLET 1 Undergraduate
DNCE 016 (CP) BALLET 2 Undergraduate
DNCE 017 (CP) BALLET 3 Undergraduate
DNCE 018 BALLET 4 Undergraduate
DNCE 112 MODERN DANCE 6 Undergraduate
DNCE 114 MODERN DANCE 8 Undergraduate
DNCE 116 BALLET 6 Undergraduate
DNCE 121 CHOREOGRAPHY 1 Undergraduate
DNCE 123 INDEPENDENT STUDY Undergraduate
DNCE 133 SENIOR PRACTICUM Undergraduate
HUHC 020I EMBODIMENT & CREATIVE PROCESS Undergraduate
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