2017-18 Advanced Dance


As a teacher, Robyn has taught dance at both the high school and college level for the past 33 years. She has been the Director of Dance for the San Mateo High School Performing Arts Department for the past 16 years, and has grown the program from 90 students to over 185 students. As a performer/choreographer, she has worked at many theater companies throughout the Bay Area, including Diablo Theater Company, Opera San Jose, Notre Dame de Namur, Palo Alto Players, American Musical Theater of San Jose, and at Broadway by the Bay, where she has worked on over 34 productions, and had the opportunity to direct and choreograph the musical Cats. She has won two Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards for her choreography in Miss Saigon and Crazy for You, two Stage Top Honor Awards for choreography in The Wedding Singer and 42nd Street, and she recently spent 6 months teaching James Monroe Iglehart to tap in preparation for his now Tony Award-winning role as the Genie in Disney’s Aladdin on Broadway. Other favorite projects include Miss Saigon (BBBay), In the Heights (PAP), Ragtime (BBBay) and Motherhood (Heather and Antonia).


Beginning Dance

In this yearlong course, students learn beginning dance techniques in the areas of Jazz, Tap, and Ballet. This class is recommended for students with little or no formal dance training and who are interested in studying dance as an art form.

In the Jazz/Ballet portion of the class, students learn

  • Dance Terminology (plié, relevé, tendu, battement, retiré, coupé)
  • Basic Dance Steps (chassé, pivot, pas de bourrée, kick ball-change, lindy, jazz square, back-side-front)
  • Basic Dance Technique (spotting, setting a turn, single pirouettes, chainé turns
  • Stage Terminology (upstage, downstage, stage right and left, procenium)

In the Tap portion of class, students learn:

  • Beginning Tap Moves (shuffle, flap, stamp, stomp, brush step)
  • Basic Tap Steps (carry over, carry back, waltz clog, rhythm roll, single time steps


All students enrolled in Beginning Dance perform in the Spring Dance Concert, “Mateo Motion”. This class fulfills the Fine Arts graduation requirement and satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts requirement for the University of California and California State University systems.

Intermediate Dance

In this yearlong course, students continue to develop the dance skill and techniques they have learned in the Beginning Dance class. Students are exposed to a variety of dance styles including Traditional Jazz, Latin Jazz, Theatre Dance, Lyrical/Contemporary Jazz, Hip Hop, and Tap. Students have the opportunity to experience further skill development and creativity as they create their own choreographic piece to possibly be performed in the Spring Dance Concert, “Mateo Motion”.

This class emphasizes more advanced dance techniques. Students learn:

  • Dance Terms (développé, attitude, dégagé, rond de jambe, jeté)
  • Basic Choreographic Concepts (energy, force, suspend, sustain)
  • Dance History (famous dancers and choreographers)

In Tap, the students will continue to refine their basic skills and also learn:

  • Intermediate Tap Terms (Flap Change, Riff, Slam)
  • Intermediate Tap Steps (double buffalo, traveling cramp roll, stomp time steps, scissors, tap chassé, breakout, triple back, paddle)

Advanced Dance

In this yearlong course, students study advanced choreographic techniques in Traditional Jazz, Latin Jazz, Contemporary Lyrical, Tap, Hip Hop and Musical Theatre. Students are required to learn a wide variety of choreographic styles and are also asked to incorporate these styles into the creation of their own performance piece for the Spring Dance Concert. In the Advanced class, dance performance is emphasized. Students perform at various school and community events throughout the school year.

In the Advanced Class, students continue to improve their dance technique and also learn:

  • Advanced Jazz/Ballet Terms and Techniques (saut de basque, pas de chat, cabriole, triple pirouettes, tour jeté, assemblé, rond de jambe)
  • Advanced Tap Steps (grace taps, grace tap changes, cramp roll time steps, pull backs)
  • An Advanced Tap Warm-Up (The Bill Robinson Routine: Doin’ the New Low Down)
  • Choreographic Principles and Staging

Students enrolled in the Advanced Dance class are encouraged to audition for San Mateo High School’s musical theatre productions.

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Mateo Motion showcases our dance students in beginning, intermediate, and advance dance classes. The performances include choreography by Robyn Tribuzi, our award winning Dance Director, as well as dances created by our talented students.


Mateo Motion XVI
Friday, May 3, 2019
Saturday, May 4, 2019
San Mateo Performing Arts Center


February 12 - 17, 2019