Today we’re talking to one of St Louis’ best known choreographers….Robin Berger!
Robin is the owner of Leaping Lizards Performing Arts Studio and the Artistic Director, Choreographer, and performing member of the professional tap company, Diva La Tap. She holds a BFA in visual arts with a dance minor from Webster University. She has performed in community and professional theatre, including productions with the Muny and Radio City Music Hall in Branson. She has choreographed for the KLOU Oldies Revue, New Line Theatre, Max and Louie Productions, Webster Groves High School, Clayton High School, Nerinx Hall, Crestwood/Kirkwood Youth Theatre, Characters and Company, New Jewish Theatre, Kirkwood Theatre Guild, KTK, St. Louis’ Premier Charter School and currently for Cor Jesu Academy and CBC High School. She also directs the Leaping Lizards On Stage performing group and is a member of the Fine Arts faculty at Thomas Jefferson School. Robin was nominated in 2012/2013 for a Critic’s Choice Award in the best choreography category for her work with New Line Theatre. Robin performs with Diva La Tap in Burlesque festivals in St. Louis, Minneapolis, Kansas City MO, Oklahoma City, Bloomington, IN and as a guest artist at The Emerald Room/The Monocle.
Q: What was your first experience in theatre?
My first theatrical experience was when I was 6 years old. I was in the children’s chorus of The Music Man at Incarnate Word Academy. It was memorable and I’ve been hooked ever since!
Q: What is the best piece of career advice anyone has ever given you?
Theatre is a business. Know how to represent yourself professionally. Set high work ethic standards and maintain them. Most importantly, know your worth as a choreographer because time is money.
Q: Tell us about a backstage or onstage mishap you lived through.
One of the biggest mishaps involved a strapless gown. When I was performing in the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular in Branson, I had to wear a strapless dress that was too short waisted on me. Needless to say that during the opening number, my dance partner was standing on the front hem of the dress. When I turned to move in the opposite direction, the dress did not turn with me and the audience saw a different kind of show!
Q: What is your dream role/show?
To be the first female member of Tap Dogs. You said dream show!
Q: What is your current guilty TV Pleasure?
Sherlock, Grace and Frankie, anything Marvel.
Grace Austin is an STL area director and educator.