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Local dancer the topic of historical society program

Local dancer the topic of historical society program



In recognition of Black History Month, the Plainville Historical Society will once again present a program with a local African-American history connection. "Rena Robinson-Steiner: Dance the Dream," will be presented by Gail Johnson Williams on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 2 p.m.

Johnson Williams is the society's expert on Plainville's rich heritage of African-American history.

The program will tell the inspiring story of renowned dancer Rena Robinson-Steiner, who grew up in town. She is the daughter of Norene and Frank Robinson, who are longtime residents and active members of the community. 

Born in Germany while her father was stationed abroad with the military, Robinson-Steiner studied dance from an early age. She was a student at Wheeler School, Plainville Junior High and Watkinson School, where she graduated as valedictorian in 1983.

Robinson-Steiner was with the Hartford Ballet and danced in their Nutcracker production. She went on to perform with the Hamburg Ballet in Germany and the Dance Theater of Harlem. After marrying, she also spent time in Africa, where she taught dance. She now lives on the West Coast.

The program "Rena Robinson-Steiner: Dance the Dream" will take place at the Plainville Historic Center, 29 Pierce St. Doors open at 1:30.

Historical society programs are offered free of charge.

The historical society can be reached at 860-747-6577 or via email at plvhistorical@gmail.com.

-- Press Release


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