Robin Anderson

Executive Director

AXIS Dance Company

Robin’s career in dance-arts administration spans 20 years, 4 cities and 6 organizations, supporting genres ranging from African, to ballet, to contemporary. Robin is inspired to now be working with AXIS Dance Company and championing the field of integrated dance.

After nine years in Portland, Oregon where she began her career at Homowo African Arts & Cultures, Conduit and Oregon Ballet Theatre, Robin left to pursue her MFA in dance at the Ohio State University (2003-2006). While there, she produced a multi-media, site-based audience development series and worked for the Performing Arts Department of the Wexner Center.

Drawn to weaving arts organizations into the fabric of a city’s culture, community building is Robin's passion. While serving as Director of the Alonzo King LINES Dance Center (2007-2014), she started their first outreach programs, including co-founding the 24 Days of Central Market Arts Festival and serving on the board of the Central Market Community Benefit District. In addition to managing their program of 80 weekly classes, she initiated new programming such as All Can Dance for Just $5 and their Absolute Beginning Workshops series to reach new clientele.

Robin joined AXIS in 2015, tasked with organizing their engagement programs. Her role quickly grew, and in 2016-17 Robin managed all of the companies’ bookings and produced their 2017 Yerba Buena Gardens Festival Production with choreographer Stephan Koplowitz. Robin participated in the Oakland Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Oakland Program in 2016-17 and is a current APAP Leadership Fellow. She is honored to step into the role of Executive Director of AXIS at this critical juncture, partnering with Artistic Director Marc Brew to define its path for the next 30 years of rule-breaking.