ELKINS - When it comes to dancing, Will Roboski is familiar with many forms. Director of the Davis & Elkins College Appalachian Ensemble student dance team and D&E alumnus, Roboski, ’17, will perform with the Charleston Ballet March 2-3.
In the full-length production of “Don Quixote,” Roboski performs as Camacho (sometimes referred to as Gamache), a rich nobleman who attempts to marry the leading lady, Kitri.
The performances take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Charleston Civic Center Theater.
Roboski has performed with the Charleston Ballet previously – in “Square Dance” as part of the Classic, Country and Rock ‘n Roll evening in October and as the Mouse King in “The Nutcracker” accompanied by the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra in December. It was that involvement that led to his role in the March production.
Later in the spring, Roboski will teach percussive dance at the American Academy Ballet, the school of the Charleston Ballet. In April, Charleston Ballet Artistic Director Kim Pauley will teach a master dance class at the Davis & Elkins College Dance Festival.
“It’s a real blessing to be able to work with the Charleston Ballet,” Roboski said. “Kim Pauley, artistic director of the Charleston Ballet, keeps ballet a part of the arts in West Virginia. She offers her students many opportunities each year, developing their artistry via collaboration with the Columbia Classical Ballet. They explore a variety of productions which focus on music ranging from classical to rock and old-time music. I have enjoyed learning from all those who are involved in their process.”
Roboski holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in American vernacular dance from D&E and a Bachelor of Arts degree in arts and humanities from Michigan State University. He has studied modern dance through the Dunham technique, in addition to ballet, jazz, square dancing, flatfooting, West African dances, partner dances and hip hop.
Related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Davis & Elkins College is located in Elkins, 2 hours east of Charleston, 3 hours south of Pittsburgh and 4 hours west of Washington, D.C. For more information, please visit the College website at www.dewv.edu or call 304-637-1243.