Robin Harris, Director
As director of the NC State Dance Program, where she also serves as artistic director of the NCSU Dance Company, Robin Harris mentors student choreographers and teaches dance composition.
A choreographer of over thirty major works, Robin is a recipient of two NC Arts Council Choreographers Fellowships, the Raleigh Medal of Arts, an Indy Award, and the 2010 NCAAHPERD University Dance Educator Award. Her work has also been recognized by the American Dance Festival, and been presented five times in National Galas of the American College Dance Festival Association, including performances at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Full evenings of Robin’s work have been presented by NCSU Center Stage and the Southeast Women’s Studies Conference. Additionally, her work has toured four seasons with the North Carolina Dance Festival, and been a featured subject on National Public Radio’s Studio 360.
Robin has served as a guest artist at Washington & Lee University, James Madison University, University of Maryland, Hollins University, and Meredith College. She has also choreographed for Burning Coal Theatre Company in Raleigh, including Hair in 2009, Enron in 2011, and Brigadoon in 2012. Robin choreographed Rent for University Theatre at NC State in 2012. Robin is a member of the 2013/2014 Burning Coal Theatre Company.
Robin holds a B.A. in French and an M.A. in dance from The Ohio State University, and has received certification from the Dance Notation Bureau as a Labanotation teacher.
Tara Z. Mullins, Assistant Director
Assistant Director of the NC State Dance Program and Artistic Director of Panoramic Dance Project, Tara Zaffuto Mullins has a B.A. in Dance from James Madison University and an M.F.A. in Dance from Arizona State University. While at ASU, she received many awards and grants for her research, teaching and choreography including the Faculty Women's Assoiciation Distinguished Masters Degree Candidate Award for her work developing arts programs for homeless youth and the First Herberger College of Fine Arts Fellowship.
Tara has taught at Henrico Center for the Arts, Arizona State University, Mesa Community College, St. Catherine's School, the University of Virginia and most recently was on faculty at the Academy of Arts and Minds in Miami, FL. She has been a guest artist for Radford University, JMU, East Central University among other intstitutions and companies. Additionally, Tara has choreographed for the Opera Theatre of Northern Virginia, the Latin Ballet of Virginia, Dance Arizona Repertory Theatre and Paradigm Players. Through the years, Tara has performed professionally with a variety of dance companies such as Doug Hamby Dance, Starr Foster Dance Project and the Latin Ballet of Virginia.
After serving as the Educational Programs Director for the Latin Ballet of Virginia, Tara developed her own education and service based Z Mullins Dance Company and continues to run such programs as the Virginia Dance Symposium and the Big Gig in Miami.
*photo by Sarah Ferguson