Robert Hill is the Artistic Director of Orlando Ballet and a former Principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre. The mission of Robert Hill Dance is to create and perform new works of dance theater with a particular focus on the classical ballet tradition and vocabulary. Mr. Hill's works have been created at American Ballet Theatre, the ABT Studio Company, Julio Bocca's Ballet Aregentino, Ballet de Monterrey as well as at other companies. Additionally, numerous companies including the Royal Ballet of Flanders, Minnesota Dance Theater and the Royal Ballet School have performed his works.
Mr. Hill was the Artistic Director of Ballet de Monterrey for four years. During that time he elevated the company from a local school-based entity to a company that received international acclaim. His choreography for Ballet de Monterrey gave the company a unique artistic identity while serving to raise the artistic and technical level of the performers. The newspaper, El Norte, recognized the company "under the artistic direction of Robert Hill" as "one of the great accomplishments in Monterrey of 2006". It noted the record breaking sold out season of Swan Lake as well as the international touring the company undertook for the first time in its sixteen year history.
In addition to dancing with American Ballet Theatre, Mr. Hill was a principal dancer with the Royal Ballet, Covent Garden and the New York City Ballet. As a guest artist he appeared with numerous companies including the Scottish Ballet, the San Francisco Ballet and the Australian Ballet as well as at international events and festivals. Mr. Hill's interpretation of the title role in John Cranko's Onegin presented at the Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center by American Ballet Theatre was selected by the New York Times as one of the TEN BEST MOMENTS IN DANCE in 2002.
A renowned teacher and coach, Mr. Hill has taught for American Ballet Theatre, Cedar Lake Contemporary Dance, the ABT Studio Company, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and for companies where he creates or stages his works. Mr. Hill is especially grateful to the loving dedication he received in his initial training with Liz Bevilacqua and Al Packard of The Dussich Dance Studio and with Phyllis Papa of the Atlantic Contemporary Ballet Theater.
Mr. Hill has served as a panelist for the Dance Program of the New York State Council on the Arts.
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