DC waves farewell to Executive Director, Ros Robins!

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Ros Robins today steps down as Executive Director of Dance Consortium after 6 extraordinary years at the helm. The Dance Consortium team and board would like to recognise Ros’ achievements over the years and her immense contribution to touring international dance companies.

From leading the first UK tour by Ballet British Columbia and Dada Masilo to developing Dance Consortium’s relationship with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ros has been instrumental in bringing outstanding international dance to audiences across the UK. In 2019, Ros’ tenure saw the hugely successful Ailey Livestreamed Masterclass involving 50 young dancers on stage at Sadler’s Wells, seven UK groups at member venues and a worldwide audience. From there, Dance Consortium’s relationship with AAADT took a new direction with the launch of The Ailey Project UK in 2021 – an ambitious new initiative linking the consortium’s member theatres and Black-led youth dance companies with AAADT.   

Ros’ tenacity and enthusiasm during the past two difficult years meant that DC hosted the first incoming international dance company to tour the UK since the pandemic. The 7 Fingers embarked on their DC tour in late 2021 with their remarkable piece Passagers, wonderfully received by the press and audiences alike. Coordinating a tour during such difficult times proved an immense logistical challenge – one which Ros keenly embraced. 

Ros’ most recent and final two tours were Acosta Danza’s 100% Cuban and NDT 2, which toured to 11 venues in early 2022. The cherry on the cake to both tours and, we hope, to Ros’ time at Dance Consortium, was the nomination of both companies for Olivier Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Dance.  

While impossible to summarise the impact of the work done over the past 6 years, Dance Consortium co-chairs, Marianne Locatori and Stephen Crocker have said:. 

“Since its formation, Dance Consortium has become a vital part of the international dance ecology, a powerful advocate for diversity through internationalism and an exemplar for collaborative-working.  Such an outstanding track record requires exceptional leadership on behalf of the whole Dance Consortium membership; we express our sincere thanks to Ros Robins for her contribution to the success of the organisation since 2016.  We owe her a huge debt of gratitude and wish her well as she begins her own next chapter.” 

The whole team, board and membership at Dance Consortium would like to thank Ros for her remarkable contribution to the Consortium’s 20 year history. We wish her success in all future ventures.