Robin Antin backstage during Los Angeles Fashion Week, Smashbox Studios – Culver City, CA (March 2008)
||(1961-07-06) July 6, 1961
Los Angeles, California, United States
||Actress, dancer, choreographer, music video director, fashion designer, entrepreneur
Robin Antin (born July 6, 1961) is an American dancer, choreographer, actress, and clothing designer entrepreneur. In 1995 she founded the modern burlesque troupe the Pussycat Dolls. By 2005, she diversified into various media including a pop recording group with international hits, a Las Vegas nightclub venue and floorshow, various merchandise, and a reality television series. Since then, she has gone on to create other girl groups, including Girlicious, the Paradiso Girls, and G.R.L.
As a choreographer, Antin worked with entertainers such as Paris Hilton, and artists such as Anastacia, Pink, the Offspring and No Doubt. Additionally, she was responsible for the dance ensembles in various films.
She is the sister of celebrity hair stylist Jonathan Antin, director Steve Antin and actor Neil Antin. She appeared in an episode of her brother Jonathan’s show Blow Out.
On January 2, 2010, Antin, Tony Selznick, and Paula Abdul presented choreography agent Julie McDonald with an award for being a pioneer of dance representation and a friend, helper, and agent to many choreographers for over 25 years. The award was presented at The Carnival: Choreographer’s Ball 11th Anniversary Show.
She was a judge on the Lifetime reality television show Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition in Season 1.
The Pussycat Dolls
Based in Las Vegas, it features a rotating cast of dancers around vocalist Jamie Preston. Current members include Hayley Zelniker, Amanda Nowak, Colby Lemmo and Alicia Blair. Former “Dolls” include lead vocalist and pop star Nicole Scherzinger, Rachel Sterling, who was also an original member of the burlesque troupe, Kelly Levesque, Laura Goulet, Michelle “Jersey” Maniscalco, Desiree Davis, Alicia Vela-Bailey, Mallory, Jen, Loreli, Victoria, Rosa, Marcea, Rita, Claude Racine, Natasha Vernase, Adriane Harper, Jessica Lea, Beverly Sizemore, Laura Diane, Ashley Gates, Bridget Nicole, Jennifer Affronti, Sheila Joy, Cindy Leos, Laurel Anderson, Angela Case, Meredith “Sevin” Kerr, Gina Katon and Jamie Lee Ruiz from Pussycat Dolls Present: Girlicious.
The Pussycat Dolls Burlesque Revue was founded in 2008 with Jamie Lee Ruiz, alongside Michelle “Jersey” Maniscalco, Jessi Peralta, Stephanie Moseley, Courtney Parker, Fransesca Ramirez, Alexis (Allie Steel), Molly D’Amour, and Jenny Robinson. Dani Levine, Katarzyna “Kasia Moss” Moś, Vanessa Curry, guest dancer Chantal Hunt and Allarie Long . Alongside lead singer, Jaime Preston and dancers Tarin Pratt and Erica Kiehl Jenkins, and guest vocalist, former Paradiso Girls member, Lauren Bennett were later introduced.
The Pussycat Dolls Burlesque Saloon at Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas features Sophia Monica as lead vocalist. Current members include Sheila Joy, Megan Bostwick, Daymara Sabat, Colby Lemmo, Lauren Venandos, Emily Istre, Noelle Naone Brechler, Jenny Driebe, and Kaelee Jones.
In 2012, Antin launched The Pussycat Doll Dollhouse in the historic Keating Hotel in San Diego. In 2015, Robin launched the Australian Pussycat Doll Burlesque Revue in Melbourne, Australia at Crown Casino in The Therapy Nightclub.
Matt Goss and the Dirty Virgins
After becoming Goss’s agent, Antin cast the Dirty Virgins, a Vegas-based girl former dance group consisting of Tala Marie, Emily Istre, Amber William, and Monteece Mask and new dancer include Veronica Collazo Marrero, Kaelee Jones, Teresa Antonette, Ashley Belle, Angela Acosta, Anna Sambeck to accompany Goss for his show. Along with them, she cast singers Mecca Madison and Angela Jude. From a style point of view they are very much like the original concept of the Pussycat Dolls.
Girlicious was an American girl group consisting of Nichole Cordova, Natalie Mejia, Chrystina Sayers and Tiffanie Anderson. In 2009, Anderson left the group and in 2011, Mejia and Sayers also confirmed their departure. Later, in October 2011, Cordova announced the band’s hiatus. Then Cordova confirmed her departure in April 2013 when she became a member of and was featured on The X Factor USA Season 3 with the new group Girls United, which she ultimately was kicked out of in 2014. The second album of Girlicious, named Rebuilt, was released on November 22, 2010 in Canada. The group was formed on the reality television show Pussycat Dolls Present: Girlicious. Although Antin originally intended to include only three members in the group, as stated in the first episode, she announced in the season finale that all four girls would be a part of Girlicious.
The Paradiso Girls were a girl group consisting of five members from different countries; Chelsea Korka (who appeared in the reality show Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll) from the United States, Aria Cascaval from France, Lauren Bennett and Kelly Beckett from the United Kingdom and Shar Mae Amor from the Philippines. They were signed to will.i.am Music Group/Interscope Records. Their debut single “Patron Tequila” featuring Lil’ Jon and Eve was released on May 12, 2009, and a music video was shortly released afterwards. Their debut album Crazy Horse was expected to be released in July 2010; however, it was delayed until October, when Aria revealed the band had disbanded due to dissatisfaction with their label. Bennett went on to join Antin’s next girl group formation in G.R.L.
G.R.L. at Westfield Old Orchard Mall in Skokie, Illinois promoting their debut single “Vacation” on September 28, 2013. Left to right: Natasha Slayton, Paula van Oppen, Simone Battle, Emmalyn Estrada, Lauren Bennett.
G.R.L. is a girl group consisting of Lauren Bennett, Natasha Slayton, and Jazzy Mejia, Girlicious’ Natalie Mejia’s younger sister. It originally consisted of five members; Lauren Bennett, Paula van Oppen, Natasha Slayton, Simone Battle and Emmalyn Estrada, and was the most successful of Antin’s girl group ventures since the original Pussycat Dolls pop group. The group was originally planned to be the new line up of the Pussycat Dolls following their disbandment in 2010. Robin later rebranded them as a new group to serve as the “next generation” of the Dolls. Their managers were Larry Rudolph and Adam Leber. On June 16, 2013 they released their first single, “Vacation”, as a B-side track on Britney Spears‘ single “Ooh La La“, a song from the film The Smurfs 2. Despite commercial success in the UK and Australia, the group officially disbanded on June 2, 2015, nine months after Simone Battle’s death in September, 2014. However, on June 18, 2016, Robin Antin and their new rep, Matt Wynter, from Loco Talent’s website confirmed that G.R.L. were officially reforming, without Paula Van Oppen and Emmalyn Estrada. On August 5, 2016, it was officially announced that Jazzy Mejia was added to the group, along with original members Lauren Bennett and Natasha Slayton, making G.R.L. officially a trio. Their music is set to be released in the summer, with works on a debut album. On August 16, 2016, the newly reformed group released their promotional single, “Kiss Myself” produced by Guy Furious. On December 9, 2016, the trio released their second single, “Are We Good?” produced by HooknSling. According to Lauren Bennett, during the interview on The New Music Buzz, this is the lead single to the group’s debut upcoming album. These two singles that the trio were credited as song writers.
During 2008, It was reported that Antin and the La Senza Corporation of Canada were producing a line of Burlesque/Pussycat Dolls-styled lingerie called “Shhh…by Robin”. The line ranges from “girly and flirtatious” to “sexy and glamorous” intimate apparel. Antin says, “the words for me on this collection are flirtatious, fashion and fun!” Paradiso Girls, Lauren Bennett and Kelly Beckett as well as Pussycat Doll Revue dancer Jersey Maniscalco modeled for it.
In 2015, Antin partnered up with Australian fashion designer, Kylie Gulliver launching a lifestyle clothing line brand, Elliot Label.
On her Twitter account, Antin announced the release of a workout DVD featuring Jamie Ruiz from Pussycat Dolls Present: Girlicious and other Burlesque Dolls Jenny Ronbinson and Michelle “Jersey” Maniscalco (whose pictures she posted on her Twitter account), as well as Chrystina Sayers and Nicole Scherzinger. It was released worldwide on December 15, 2009.
In 2011, a second Pussycat Doll Workout DVD was released featuring Pussycat Doll Burlesque Revue dancers, Jamie Ruiz and Michelle “Jersey” Maniscalco from the first Pussycat Doll Workout DVD with fellow Pussycat Doll Revue dancer, Vanessa Curry, former Harajuku Girls, BeatFreak, and choreographer, Rino Nakasone, and former Paradiso Girls member and future G.R.L. member, Lauren Bennett.
In 2015, she partnered up with Ben Allen of Groove Three and launched PCDFit at Billy Blanks Studios.