On this episode of DLEW, I talk with Dougie Robbins, choreographer and performer in New York City.
Theater dance is usually synonymous with musical theater. But Dougie sees it differently. Through DPR dance, Dougie is exploring how theater dance can stand on its own, and some of his discoveries are pretty surprising!
Dougie Robbins began pursuing dance as a Musical Theater major at SUNY Cortland. While being a student at SUNY Cortland fostered his love for all dance, this is where his love for Theater Dance flourished. Dougie furthered his knowledge of Theater Dance by performing in shows featuring the work of Bob Fosse and Jerome Robbins, as well as intensive study of the technique and repertoire of Jack Cole. Dougie’s choreographic career began by creating work for musicals. He has been pleased to bring his work to Peter Pan, the Addams Family, and Footloose among others. Most recently, Dougie has formed DPR Dance, with the intention of allowing himself to continue to create, explore, and expand his perspective of Theater Dance outside of the setting of a pre-existing musical. Dougie also strives to pass on his love for theater dance, he has an extensive relationship with Cortland Performing Arts Studio as a guest instructor and choreographer. He has also taught several theater dance master classes- he loves collaborating with local schools and studios whenever he travels to perform or choreograph. He hopes to continue to spread his love for theater dance to students of all variety.
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