Kyle Clark ’06 (Dance), a native of Baltimore, Md., began dancing at the age of 9. He fell in love with tap while taking classes at his local studio as well as Steps on Broadway dance studio in New York from 1993 to 2000.
In 2002, Kyle was accepted into the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He begin his formal training in Ballet, Modern and Jazz. In the 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 to 2006. During his college career, he has worked with famous choreographers such Christopher Huggins, Rennie Harris, Zane Booker, Curt Haworth and Brian Sanders, just to name a few. In 2004, Kyle 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 Company concurrently from 2006 to 2010. In 2010, he was promoted to rehearsal director for RHPM.
His dedication to his craft has afforded him the honor of teaching hip-hop master classes for professional dance companies and universities such as Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Philadanco, Cairo Ballet, Eleone Dance Theater, Hebrew University, SUNY Oswego, Temple University, the University of the Arts, Bryn Mawr College, Miami-Dade College and many, many others.
In 2012, Kyle was selected via Rennie Harris Puremovement to be a Cultural Ambassador for the U.S. by the Obama Administration. He performed, taught and lead lecture/demonstrations in Egypt, Israel and Palestine after the “Revolution.”
Kyle is very passionate about the importance of the history, education and articulation of hip-hop dance to the masses around the world and in his own community. So Kyle co-founded with his wife, Dinita “Princess Di” Clark, 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 bringing in pioneers and top-shelf educators of hip-hop dance from all forms 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) and Rapheal Xavier. In 2013, Kyle choreographed two ensemble pieces with Dinita Clark for the University of the Arts entitled “Lost and Found” and “Who am I,” which were also later performed at Koresh’s “Come Together” Showcase and Philadanco’s 2nd Founder’s Day Showcase.
In 2014, Kyle and his wife won Juste Debout USA “House” dance category. Juste Debout is the world’s largest and most competitive street dance competition. He and his wife represented the U.S.A. in Paris in a World Final Competition against 15 other countries.
Currently, Kyle is a professor of hip-hop dance for three Universities: The University of the Arts, Temple University and Byrn Mawr College.
Class Schedule, Spring 2016
|T,F||04:00PM - 05:20PM||Jazz|
|W||01:00PM - 02:20PM||Open Studio: Hip Hop|
|W||02:30PM - 03:50PM||Open Studio: Hip Hop|
|F||05:30PM - 08:20PM||Pedagogies of Perf. in Dance|