Assistant Director of Academy of Dance;
Resident Choreographer for American Pacific Ballet Company (APBC);
Instructor of Ballet, Pointe, Character, and Repertoire Classes.
Robynne received her primary dance training under Merle Sepel at Academy of Dance, where she was also a founding member of the American Pacific Ballet Company. As a student Robynne entered and received high marks in both the R.A.D. syllabi and the American Academy of Ballet’s Performance Awards. Robynne discovered her love of teaching when assisting combo and tiny tot classes throughout her high school years.
Robynne attended Oklahoma City University where she studied with high caliber choreographers and instructors such as Robert Reed, Lynn Cramer, and Jo Rowan. While a student at OCU, Robynne studied and performed in many genres of dance, from ballet to hip-hop, jazz, tap, and musical theater. She graduated in 2004 with a B.A. in History.
In 2001 Robynne was cast as a Cinderella Mouse in the revival of Disneyland’s Electrical Parade and performed in the park for several months. Upon her return to college she was selected to perform one of the lead roles in Jo Rowan’s “Prayer.”
Robynne returned to AOD in 2004 where she began teaching full-time. In 2008 she became Assistant Director of Academy of Dance.
Robynne was invited to choreograph a piece for Cal State Fullerton’s “Dancing with the Beatles” show in October, 2008, which was well-received by both the faculty and students of CSUF. In February 2009, she received the Outstanding Choreographer award at the Los Angeles semi-finals of the Youth America Grand Prix and in June 2009 she premiered a new work at the Orange County Choreographer’s Showcase. As Resident Choreographer of APBC, Robynne has created a full-length, educational production of “Carnival of the Animals,” and revived APBC’s “Peter and the Wolf” for outreach at local schools and contributed choreography to the syllabus of International Dance Acclaim.
In 2013 Robynne became an ABT Certified Teacher in levels Pre-Primary-Level 3. In 2016 she became certified in Progressing Ballet Technique by Marie Walton-Mahon, an additional strengthening and training method designed for long-term, safe ballet technique.
Robynne’s vibrant personality and genuine enthusiasm make her popular with students of all ages. Her love for ballet and dance of all kinds is evident in the care she takes when teaching her students and encouraging them to not only dance but to make every class a performance. She looks forward to many more years of teaching and watching the students at AOD blossom into performers and lovers of dance.