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Robinson Ballet Artistic Directors announce retirement

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BANGOR - Robinson Ballet Executive Director Stevie McGary and Robinson Ballet Board President Matthew Skaves have announced that Artistic Directors Keith and Maureen Robinson will be retiring at the end of the 2015-16 season. Their final performance was on Sunday, May 22 following the finale of the children's matinee 'Aladdin.'

The couple has been an integral part of the Company since its inception in 1977, first as dancers with the original company (the Ralph Robinson Concert Ballet) and then becoming artistic directors in 1986 and 1990. Under their artistic direction, Robinson Ballet continued the Company's legacy as being the premier dance company in the region. They are well-known for choreographing and performing in original pieces of innovative dance in addition to the robust season favorite 'The Nutcracker.' That show's tour has led them to perform all over Eastern, Central and Northern Maine, to New Hampshire and Canada; as well as with the Bangor Symphony Orchestra at Orono's Collins Center for the Arts.

They have taken great pleasure and gratification to have been able to mentor dancers and students throughout this time who have achieved successful careers in the dance world both nationally and globally. The Robinson Ballet is establishing the Keith Robinson Guest Artist Fund and the Maureen Robinson Aspiring Artist Fund to celebrate their work with young dancers. The Keith Robinson Guest Artist Fund will support guest artist performance and guest teaching for Robinson Ballet productions and at the School of Robinson Ballet. The Maureen Robinson Aspiring Artist Fund will assist dancers in attaining their artistic goals in dance by way of scholarships, educational opportunities and performance considerations.

Although Keith and Maureen are retiring as Artistic Directors, they both will continue to be an integral part of the Company by remaining active as instructors for the School of Robinson Ballet and the ACHIEVE program, as well as continuing to perform and choreograph future works.

The Robinsons are looking forward to being able to spend a little more time in Bayside enjoying the outdoors, family and the occasional game of tennis.

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