Dinita Alishia Clark began her formal training in modern dance (Horton) under the instruction of Faye Snow at the age of 15 at Franklin Learning Center High. At the age of 16, she joined Eleone's second company in 1999 for two years in the production "Carols In Color" under the direction of Shawn Lamere Williams and trained with Philadanco's Summer Intensive Training Program in 2000, 2001, and 2002.
She continued her studies in modern, ballet and jazz at the University of the Arts where she earned her BFA degree in Modern Dance in 2005. She expanded her knowledge of the many forms of hip-hop and funk styles and has been choreographing and teaching various levels and age groups ranging from six to adults as well as children with special needs.
Dinita became a core member of Rennie Harris Puremovement. In the summer of 2008, she was promoted to dance captain. With the passion to motivate, inspire and educate, it could only be recognized with a reward. In March 2009, she was promoted to rehearsal director of RHPM until November 2010.
Locally Dinita is a lecturer/hip-hop teacher at the University of the Arts and Bryn Mawr College and has also choreographed two hip-hop ensembles for both colleges in collaboration with Kyle “Just Sole” Clark. She has also taught at Koresh Dance Studio, Philadanco School of Dance Arts, Philadelphia Dance Theater, Point Breeze Performing Arts Center, and Philadelphia Arts and Education Programs for several years. In April 2013, Dinita and Kyle won Freestyle Session/Survival of the Illest 2x2 “House Dance” Category Street Dance Competition. They also won "Juste Debout USA" 2014 2x2 House Dance category. They represented the USA in the world championships in Paris against 15 other countries in March 2014, where they placed in the Top 10. In May of 2014, Kyle and Dinita also won Canada’s largest street dance competition, “Bust A Move” 2x2 House Dance category in Montreal.
In 2014, the U.S. Embassy chose Dinita via RHPM to be the ambassador for the USA to provide cultural exchange through the arts in Kyrgyz Republic and Kazakhstan. Dinita taught classes, workshops, lecture demonstrations and performances during this Central Asia tour.
In 2012, the Obama Administration, BAM and DanceMotion USA chose Dinita via RHPM to be the ambassadors for the U.S.A to provide cultural exchange through the arts in Egypt, Palestine & Israel. Dinita taught classes, workshops, lecture demonstrations and performances during this Middle East tour.
She has also taught residencies at the UArts Summer World of Dance, CSU Monterey Bay, the 13th Contemporary Dance Festival in Bytom, Poland, and at Illadelph Legends Hip-Hop Intensive. She also performed abroad in Puebla, Mexico; New Castle, England; Bytom, Katowice and Krakow, Poland; and Brampton, Ontario and North Bay, Canada. Other past engagements include recording artist Jasmin Jai, Mashonda and Ms. Jade, Bates Dance Festival, Dance Theater Workshop, Jacobs Pillow, APAP, Zenone Dance Collective "Poem", Montazh Performing Arts Company "PHRESH" choreographer/ dancer, Illstyle and Peace Productions "Same Spirit Different Movement" and lead actress in "Things Happen" play 2003- 2007, etc.
Inspired to inspire, she has also co-founded a workshop series with Kyle “Just Sole” Clark called “ Funky Sole Fundamentals” in April 2011. It’s a bi-monthly class series that strictly teaches the codified techniques of hip-hop dance. With the success of the bi-monthly class series, the Community Education Center hosted FSF 8 week “HOUSE” dance residency in February and March 2013 and June 5-July 31, 2013. With the success of the residencies and workshops, they were granted an opportunity by the CEC to teach a weekly house class called “Groove Factory.”
Dinita is a versatile dancer, creative choreographer, inspirational teacher and a strong performer who uses movement as a tool to represent her personality and passion for her artistry. With this being evident, Dinita was chosen to be a faculty member of Rock With H.E.R., a movement involving the leading women in hip-hop dance who are uniting to educate, inspire and honor their love for hip-hop through workshops, discussions and performances. She was also chosen to be a teaching artist at the Ladies of Hip-Hop Festival 2013, a festival that exists to develop and provide women with positive roles that are present and represented within the hip-hop culture. In August 2014, Dinita was featured in an “On the Rise” article in Dance Magazine by Lisa Kraus.
Class Schedule, Spring 2017
|M,T,TH,F||02:30PM - 03:50PM||Modern & Jazz Dance|