|Robin Hoffman has always loved to draw and to dance. For approximately 20 years, she had a career in ballet with the Joffrey II Dancers, the Milwaukee Ballet, the Louisville Ballet, The Joffrey Ballet, and the Metropolitan Opera Ballet; dancing principal roles in ballets by George Balanchine, José Limón, Choo San Goh, and many others.
She is a certified Labanotator and has notated works by Bruce Marks and Paul Taylor, and staged works by Doris Humphrey, Richard Englund, Martha Graham, and Jean Erdman. She has been a guest teacher for several schools of dance, including the Cecchetti Council of America and Barnard College.
She studied illustration at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. She enjoys finding ways to tell more about a dance in one illustration than one photo could tell.
In 2009, Robin began drawing live music shows at the Jalopy Theatre and School of Music in Brooklyn. She has had three solo exhibitions of these works at the Jalopy. Her work has also appeared in the windows of Downtown Sounds, the largest music store in Northampton, MA; and other group exhibitions in Western MA. Robin illustrates the popular Shirley Link mystery series for middle-grade readers.
Robin works in the hills of Western MA; where she lives with husband Ben Zackheim and son Jack Zackheim, surrounded by cats indoors and all kinds of critters outdoors. She plays the ukulele whenever possible.