A native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Mary Pat Robertson received her early training with June Runyon and danced with Tulsa Ballet Theatre. After graduation from Stanford University, Ms. Robertson performed and taught in New York, where she studied with Merce Cunningham, Douglas Wassell, and David Howard. She has taught ballet at Princeton University, New York University, and Mason Gross School of the Arts.
Ms. Robertson was a founding director of Teamwork Dance, and has received a Choreographic Fellowship from NJSCA. Robertson choreographed numerous operas for Opera Festival of New Jersey includingThe Merry Widow, The Magic Flute, La Traviata, The Marriage of Figaro, Postcard from Morocco, and Orfeo ed Euridice. For Opera New Jersey, she choreographed Roméo et Juliette, La Traviata, The Merry Widow and Die Fledermaus. She has also been a consultant for the New York State Council on the Arts and NJPAC’s Outreach Program.
Ms. Robertson has been teaching at Princeton Ballet School since 1980, and became Director of the School in 1986. During these years she developed the syllabus with faculty input, inaugurated the PLUS programs, Professional Training and Trainee Programs, and oversaw the moves into the new Princeton and Cranbury studios. In March, 2007, the United States Congress cited Ms. Robertson for her twenty plus years of leadership of Princeton Ballet School, and for its evolution into “one of the most acclaimed (dance schools) in the country.”
In a Princeton Packet article about Princeton Ballet School's training and annual spring production, Ms. Robertson was praised for her methods: "Mary Pat conveyed the joy and beauty and benefits of dance with an incredibily kind, calm, wise and supportive manner, demanding excellence without intimidation or creating an unhealthy fear of failing...[E]veryone under Mary Pat's domain was cut out to find the joy in dance."