A headshot of Kyle Clark

Dance (MFA)

Kyle “JustSole” Clark is a native of Baltimore, MD. Kyle is a 2006 alum of The University of the Arts. Shortly after graduating, Kyle was selected by world renowned hip-hop theater company, Rennie Harris Puremovement (RHPM). Kyle was a principal dancer from 2006 to 2015. In 2010, he was promoted to rehearsal director for RHPM and served in that role until 2015. Kyle has performed, taught and competed internationally in countries such as France, U.K., Amsterdam, Russia, Mexico, Nigeria, Egypt, Israel, Palestine, Kyrgyz Republic and Kazakhstan. He also served as a U.S. cultural ambassador for hip-hop three times via DanceMotionUSA and Next Level Programs. He has won three one-on-one national competitions, and five national/international competitions with Dinita Clark. Kyle has also judged battles nationally and internationally including two appearances on House Dance Forever in 2015 and 2016. Kyle has choreographed "Street Dance Theater" works for dance companies such as Ailey II, Eleone Dance Theater, JUNK and many others. 

Being passionate about the history, culture, and articulation of hip-hop dance, Kyle co-founded Funky Sole Fundamentals with Dinita Clark in April 2011. It is a dance workshop series dedicated to the preservation of hip-hop, house and funk styles. It has hosted more than twenty hip-hop, house and funk style pioneers and innovators in its nine years of running. In 2011, he co-founded Just Sole! Street Dance Theater Company where he serves as choreographer and artistic director. Just Sole! SDTC has performed all over the Northeast Corridor including Jacob’s Pillow, Summer Stage and Koresh Dance Company's Come Together Dance Festival. In 2016, Kyle was awarded a grant by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage for his physical autobiography entitled The Life Of A Just Sole. In 2017, The University of the Arts awarded Kyle the President’s Distinguished Teaching Award for his teaching excellence. Kyle is currently a professor at UArts, Temple and Swarthmore College. 

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