In recognition of Black History Month last year, the Plainville Historical Society presented a program with a local African-American history connection, "Rena Robinson-Steiner: Dance the Dream."
Gail Johnson Williams, the society's expert on Plainville's rich heritage of African American history, gave the presentation.
The program tells 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.