Jaime Robtison began her classical ballet training in Salem, VA under the direction of Terri Post, a former dancer for the Joffrey Ballet. As a young dancer, Ms Robtison was awarded scholarships to prestigious schools, including The Nutmeg Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet, and The Kirov Ballet in Washington, D.C. In addition to guest performances with multiple ballet companies and with the Roanoke Opera, her professional career has included the Richmond Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, and Dance Alive touring company. Some of her favorite roles are Juliet in Romeo and Juliet and Sugar Plum Fairy and Arabian principal in The Nutcracker.
Ms. Robtison was Artistic Director of the Covington Regional Ballet, supported by the Covington Arts Association in Covington, GA, for ten years. She created her own Snow White and The Little Mermaid productions. In addition, she staged and choreographed other new works and story ballets like Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Coppelia, and The Nutcracker.
Ms. Robtison has over 19 years of experience teaching classical ballet. She co-founded and formerly owned Mainstream Dance, Inc., a highly respected school for dance training in Covington, GA, and founded Ballet Institute of Atlanta in January of 2015. Ms. Robtison has studied the Vaganova syllabus of classical ballet and is certified in Grades 1-3. She also attended the teacher conference for the Royal Academy of Dance Exam Syllabus, Grades 1-3. Robtison has coached multiple students for various competitions, including YAGP, which have placed, won scholarships and gone on to compete in Finals. Ms. Robtison appreciates that students all have different paths in their dance careers, but truly enjoys the work that can be achieved when a student fully devotes themselves to her training and mentorship all the way from the beginning to their professional careers.
Ms. Robtison also founded Summer Dance Company (SDC) in 2006, a professional ballet company with a summer season. Most professional companies have schools attached to them to provide support for, and potentially feed, the company. Ms. Robtison flipped this model upside down creating a professional company designed to support young students. Recognizing the value of mentorship from professionals currently in the field, individual coaching, and strength and flexibility training, Robtison designed a company where the professional artists from various companies around the world mentor and inspire the students in a unique ballet intensive. This intensive not only provides summer employment for professionals around the world, but it addresses every aspect of developing a young dancer from technique, flexibility and strengthening, to confidence, performance skills and business knowledge of how to manage themselves professionally. Students often state they want to be a professional dancer, but lack a full understanding of how many different things that can mean. Sustaining this program is a priority for Ms. Robtison.