Janet Robertson has been a faculty member since 1985 primarily basing her teaching methods and philosophy on the years she spent working with Stanley Zompakos, former member of NYCB. Her training was further enhanced, having been coached for performances by Anna Sokolow and Ernestine Stodelle. In addition to teaching ballet classes in the major program, Robertson teaches ballroom and folk dance in the elective program, serves as recruitment coordinator, and faculty liaison to the alumni and FRIENDS OF DANCE.
Robertson shares her many talents with the Athens community as Assistant Artistic Director of the Athens Ballet Theatre, where she assists in all areas of reconstructing classical ballets as well as creating new choreography; as a guest teacher and choreographer and for the East Athens Educational Dance Center; as guest choreographer for the UGA Ballet Ensemble; in collaboration with Peggy Thrasher; and as an actress and set decorator with the Town & Gown Players. She recently finished a series of 20 videos for the Carl Vinson Institute of Government's research project on mediation and conflict resolution under Peggy Herrman and Jerry Gale. Robertson was given the Dance Athens 2004 Award for Excellence by the Athens dance community. Robertson holds an A.F.A. in Dance from Sullins College, where she trained under Valentina Belova, a B.A. in Art and an M.A.T., both from Lynchburg College in Virginia. She recently served on the dance panel of the Georgia Council for the Arts.
- M.A.T., Lynchburg College