Robin Rogers discovered a new passion in dance photography. First and foremost, she loves the process of creating. She's able to insert her own life experiences into that process through creative group sessions. She also enjoys the camaraderie that grows from working with groups of dancers.
"Instead of the constant of competition, for them to sit back, create and make memories with new friends — That's what it's all about!" Robin said.
'A Dance For Jaime'
When violence struck a high school in Parkland, Florida, on February 14, 2018, the dance community rallied together to honor the life of Jaime Guttenburg, a dancer who tragically lost her life that day. Jaime's favorite color was orange. Studios and dancers across the country wore orange ribbons in her memory and honor. Robin Rogers found her own way to grieve, and to help others grieve the loss of Jaime.
"Sometimes we want to help when tragedies happen, but sometimes we feel helpless," Robin said. "Sharing your art, and creating art is such an outlet"
"Jaime was a beautiful dance soul taken far too soon," Robin said. "Crimes of hate have robbed the rest of us of watching her beauty and grace."
Robin brought dancers from across Texas together, to create 'A Dance For Jaime.' There, new friendships were formed, and they openly talked about how it had personally impacted each of them.
In addition to learning choreography from Chelsie Hightower, Mark Kanemura, Lauren Adams, Mark Germar, Jasmine Rafael, Matt Aylward, Bree Hafen, Nicole Detling, Jen Pendleton and Megan Cranney, attendees also spent time with their team of counselors who helped with planning and were a shoulder to lean on.
Robin felt like a part of a family at the camp, and witnessed that among the group.
"Chelsie's camp is such a wonderful blessing in the dance community," Robin said. " It is a young camp — only in its second year — but I can't wait to watch it grow and flourish in the many years to come!"