Submitted by the Mayerson Foundation Artistic Excellence Program
The first week of the new school year included a master class in dance by School for Creative and Performing Arts alumna, Cira Robinson. Having warmed up over the summer in the Dance Intensive, SCPA’s Advanced Dance Ensemble was able to hit the Marley floor on pointe emerging drenched in sweat after the workshop. Cira, whom you can read about below, is an amazing role model for SCPA students. Cincinnati born and bred, Cira now dances with a world famous company in London, England. Grace, dedication and hard work make Cira an inspiration to SCPA students. Her master class helped students prepare for an upcoming visit by the Dance Theatre of Harlem to SCPA on November 3 for a day-long workshop.
Cira began dancing at the age of eight. After graduating from SCPA in 2004, she moved to New York to dance full-time with the Dance Theater of Harlem. During her three years there, she performed at the White House for the President of the United States, as well as the Protégé Festival. In 2008, Cira travelled to the United Kingdom for the first time to join Ballet Black (BB). In the summer that year, she danced with Ballet Identity in Los Angeles, before returning to Ballet Black in November. Since 2008, she has danced in Ballet Black commissions by Shobana Jeyasingh, Richard Alston, Henri Oguike and Liam Scarlett, to name a few. She created the role of one of the Furies in Will Tuckett’s Orpheus (2011) and the lead role of Nola in Ballet Black’s production of Storyville, choreographed for BB by Christopher Hampson in 2012. Cira also earned an honorable mention in Pointe Magazine’s “Favourite Performances of 2009” for her performance in Antonia Franceschi’s dance theatre piece, Pop8 and teaches regularly at the Ballet Black Junior School.