As a professional dancer for 14 years and a student of ballet since age 5, Robin Bangert has been moved by music most of the waking hours of her life. Originally from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Robin left home at 15 to pursue professional ballet training, first at Harid Conservatory in Florida, then the North Carolina School of the Arts and The Houston Ballet Academy, before joining Texas Ballet Theater (TBT) in 2004. During her career in ballet, in the corps and then as a soloist, Ms. Bangert had the opportunity to dance a wide range of repertory from the great classics such as Artistic Director Ben Stevenson’s Swan Lake to ultra-contemporary works.
Ms. Bangert loves the collaborative conversation between dancer, choreographer, conductor, and orchestra and the laser focus and care it takes to bring them together. She remains in awe of music’s ability to transform a mood or to inspire movement. Dancing to live music, both in the studio and onstage with the Fort Worth and Dallas Symphony Orchestras, was a joy she never took for granted. Some of her favorite roles include Ingrid in Stevenson’s Peer Gynt (Edvard Grieg), Russian Girls and Dark Angel in George Balanchine’s Serenade (Tchaikovsky), Christopher Wheeldon’s DGV: Danse à Grande Vitesse (Michael Nyman), and an original role in Jonathan Watkin’s Crash (Ryan Cockerham). She delighted in teaching adults and children in Dallas-Fort Worth, and back on Cape Cod during each summer season break.
Ms. Bangert retired from Texas Ballet Theater in 2018. She is honored to join the Cliburn in the Classroom team and appreciates the opportunity to share her enthusiasm for music and movement with kids across DFW!