Robinson leaves Ballet Black

Published: 6 July 2022
Reporter: Vera Liber

Cira Robinson Credit: Bill Cooper

After fourteen years with Ballet Black, Cira Robinson will be stepping down as Senior Artist to take up the position of Artistic Director at the Yorkshire Ballet Seminars, but will continue to dance with the company until December and remain part of the Ballet Black Junior School faculty.

Since 2012, Robinson created lead roles in almost all Ballet Black's narrative work, including Storyville (Christopher Hampson), A Dream Within A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Arthur Pita), Red Riding Hood (Annabelle Lopez-Ochoa), The Suit (Cathy Marston) and Black Sun (Gregory Maqoma), as well as being a lead artist in more abstract works such as Ingoma (Mthuthuzeli November) and Then Or Now (Will Tuckett).

She said, "I will miss performing with Ballet Black, the stages and the life, but my interest in the future dancers of the UK and the position at Yorkshire Ballet Seminars go hand-in-hand with what I want to do: spread as much knowledge as possible and do my part in ensuring that the next generation of dancers continue to have the right people guiding them with only their best interest at heart."