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Kyle Clark
Adjunct Faculty, Dance

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    • Kyle Clark a native of Baltimore, MD began dancing at the age of 9 at DeVe’s Christian School of the Performing Arts. He trained extensively in tap at DeVe’s as well as Steps on Broadway dance studio in New York from 1993-2000, which led to a great opportunities such as one to perform on stage with the late great Gregory Hines in 1998. Kyle was inspired by Gregory Hines multitude of talents that went beyond dance. In 2001 he attended the American Summer Theater Dance Workshop in Long Island NY, where he took up singing, musical theater, ballet, and jazz. This opened his mind up to all avenues of dance.

      Clark moved to Philadelphia to attend the University of the Arts in 2002 to begin his formal training in Ballet, Modern, and Jazz. In  2003 he began experimenting with tap choreography which led DeVe’s CSOPA to premier two of his works in Hawaii and the U.S. Virgin Islands. In that summer of 2003 he joined Philadanco’s second company under the direction of Donald T. Lundsford III and trained at Philadanco’s Training Program and Summer Intensive from 2003-2006. During his college career, he has worked with choreographers such Christopher Huggins, Rennie Harris, Zane Booker, Curt Haworth, and Brian Sanders. In 2004, he was selected to be in Eleone Dance Theater’s First Company under the direction of Shawn- La’mere Williams. Shortly after earning his degree in 2006, Kyle became a principle dancer with Eleone Dance Theater and a principle dancer for Rennie Harris Puremovement Hip Hop Theater Dance Company concurrently from 2006-2010. In 2010, he was promoted to Rehearsal Director for RHPM.

      His dedication to his craft has afforded him travel to international countries such as France, UK, Mexico, performing and teaching Hip Hop workshops. He has taught Hip-Hop Master classes for professional dance companies and universities such as Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Philadanco, Cairo Ballet, Eleone Dance Theater, SUNY Oswego, Temple University, The University of the Arts, Bryn Mawr College, Miami-Dade College upon many others.

      Clark has taught and currently teaches locally for Koresh School of Dance, Philadanco School of Dance Arts, Concord Dance Center, Core Academy of Dance (New Jersey), Point Breeze PAC, Philly Movements, and Orlandi Dance Center. He also has worked hand in hand with the Philadelphia School District and helped design/facilitate a Hip Hop dance curriculum for the Philadelphia Arts and Education Partnership. In 2011, received an opportunity to be a co-choreographer for rap recording artist Ms. Jade in a Philadelphia homecoming show at “The Blockley.” Also in 2011, he choreograhed a Hip-Hop Theatrical piece with Dinita “Princess Di” Askew entitled “In the Jungle” for the Bryn Mawr College Dance Ensemble as a part of their Spring Performances.

      In 2012, Clark was selected as a part of Rennie Harris Puremovement to be a Cultural Ambassador of the U.S. by the Obama Administration to perform, teach and lead lecture/demonstrations in Egypt, Israel, and Palestine.

      He co-founded with Dinita “Princess Di” Askew a workshop series called “ Funky Sole Fundamentals” in April 2011. It’s a bi-monthly workshop series dedicated to the preservation of Hip-Hop, House, and Funk Styles Dance. Funky Sole Fundamentals has been responsible for bring in Pioneers and top shelf educators of “Hip-Hop” dance of all forms from around the world. It has brought in the likes of Rennie Harris (RHPM),Buddha Stretch(Elite Force Crew/MopTop), Bboy Kwikstep(Full Circle), Sekou Heru (Dance Fusion), Ejoe Wilson (MopTop/ Ejoe’s House) Moncell Durden (MopTop), Rapheal Xavier aka Bboy Viazeen, Nubian Nene (Ivy League). As well with the support of the C.E.C. (Community Education Center), Kyle co-founded a weekly class/intensive series called “Groove Factory”.

      In 2013, Kyle choreographed an ensemble piece with Dinita Askew for The University of the Arts entitled “Lost and Found”. Which was also later performed at Koresh’s “Come Together” Showcase and Philadanco’s 2nd annual Founder’s Day Showcase. He also choreograped a piece along with Dinita Askew entitled “Lost on Time” for Bryn Mawr College.

      Clark teaches Hip-Hop at The University of the Arts (Philadelphia), Temple University and Byrn Mawr College.