Trained in northern California, Roberta has taught for a variety of organizations including Anderson University, Butler University, Indiana University, Dance For Parkinsons Bloomington and Indianapolis (which she co-founded), Indianapolis School of Ballet and the USA Diving National Training Center, among others.
First an apprentice with the Boston Ballet, her professional performing career primarily included the Indianapolis Ballet Theatre (George Verdak, Dace Dindonis) and Dance Kaleidoscope (David Hochoy), where she became company teacher and rehearsal director. Other performing credits have included Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre, Weird Al Yankovic on tour, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival Green Show.
She has also enjoyed being rehearsal director for the Indiana University contemporary dance program presentations of Martha Graham’s “Panorama,” Ihsan Rustem’s “Long Story Short” and Roger C. Jeffrey’s “Be Still…Listen.”
Recipient of three Indiana Arts Commission Individual Artist Program grants, she trained under Charles Slender at FACT/SF Dance Lab and at the Martha Graham Center for Contemporary Dance.
Two Creative Renewal Fellowships from the Arts Council of Indianapolis included touring China and Europe, as well as attending the Limon Europe teacher training workshop in Arnhem, Netherlands under Ann Vachon, Alan Danielson and Roxane D’Orleans Juste.
Other training has included Hubbard Street Adaptive Dance teacher training workshop, Dance For Parkinsons, summer programs of Boston Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Limon West and Mark Morris Dance Group. She holds a bachelors of science in biology and trained Stott Pilates mat series at Pilates on Fifth in New York.
Featured in the Indianapolis Star and Indianapolis Woman magazine, she has been interviewed for www.examiner.com, Dance Studio Life and www.dansetrack.com. She has served as a grant panelist for the Indiana Arts Commission and as panelist for “Dancers Among Us,” a dance and disability event of Butler University ArtsFest 2015.
Her choreographic works have been performed at Anderson University’s internationally-televised “Candles and Carols,” Harvest Chicago Contemporary Dance Festival, the Indianapolis School of Ballet, the Indy Convergence, IndyFringe festival, Jordan College Academy of Dance, and for benefits including the Emily Hunt benefit for spinal chord research, the Ronald McDonald House, “Beauty in Dark Times,” a collaboration performance presented by the Center for Interfaith Cooperation in Indianapolis and the “OLA!” event for latinos at Lilly.
Her choreography has been reviewed as “complex, layered, deeply emotional and physically demanding.”-R. Kohn, NUVO Newsweekly.
Her guest teaching has included American College Dance Association, Dance West Virginia Fall Festival, Indiana Dance Festival, Lafayette Ballet Company and Mid-States Regional Dance Festival.
She wishes to thank David Hochoy for his inspiration, mentorship, and faith in her possibilities as an artist and teacher.
She thanks all of her beautiful students for teaching her something new about life every day.