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Robert L. Cook

Assistant Professor of Drama and Dance


MFA, 2004, Bennington Coll; BFA, 1994, Schl Art Inst Chicago


Robbie Cook is a Brooklyn-based dance artist working as an Assistant Professor of Dance at Hofstra University in New York; during the summer he teaches at both American Dance Festival and Bates Dance Festival. He has taught internationally through Japan Contemporary Dance Network as a member of the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange in Sapporo, Japan, i-Dance Festival in Hong Kong, Chadwick International School in Incheon, South Korea and has been invited twice to Universidad de Las Américas in Puebla, México to teach and set choreography on the students. While living in Los Angeles, he was on the dance faculty at Loyola Marymount University from 2011-2015, taught contact improvisation for the BODYTRAFFIC Company dancers and played percussion with String Theory Productions at the 2014 Emmy’s Governor’s Ball. Robbie has also been on the dance faculty of Shenandoah Conservatory, Idyllwild Arts Academy, CSSSA @ Cal Arts and TCU. As a dancer he has performed for Michel Kouakou, Rosie Herrera, Ishmael Houston-Jones, Douglas Dunn, Liz Lerman, Edwaard Liang, Margaret Jenkins, Liz Gerring, Keith Thompson, Stacy Spence, Laurel Jenkins, Jan Erkert, Third Rail Projects, Lucky Plush Productions, Dallas Opera’s Production of Boris Godunov and Deborah Hay (SPCP ’01 & ’07); he performed Yvonne Rainer’s Trio A as a duet with Hope Mohr and appeared in David Michalek’s video installation: SlowDancing/TrioA, dancing with Ms. Rainer. Currently, Robbie is working collaboratively on a duet with Britney Falcon and has commissioned solos from choreographers Kira Blazek-Ziaii, Teena Marie Custer, Kara Davis and Jessica Pretty. He holds an MFA in Dance from Bennington College and a BFA from School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Robbie’s classes draw from his study of Functional Anatomy with Irene Dowd and his continual investigation of the eight limbs of Yoga.

Teaching Interests

Modern Dance Technique, Pilates, Dance Composition, Partnering, Contact Improvisation, Choreography

Research Interests

Somatics, Improvisation, Performance and Choreography.

Recent Courses Taught

Course Title Level
DNCE 011 (CP) MODERN DANCE 1 Undergraduate
DNCE 012 (CP) MODERN DANCE 2 Undergraduate
DNCE 013 (CP) MODERN DANCE 3 Undergraduate
DNCE 014 (CP) MODERN DANCE 4 Undergraduate
DNCE 038 PILATES METHOD Undergraduate
DNCE 111 MODERN DANCE 5 Undergraduate
DNCE 112 MODERN DANCE 6 Undergraduate
DNCE 113 MODERN DANCE 7 Undergraduate
DNCE 114 MODERN DANCE 8 Undergraduate