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Dinita “Queen Di” Clark is a native of Philadelphia. She earned her BFA from the University of the Arts in 2005. She dedicated over 17 years to Hip Hop/Street dance culture as a professional dancer/performer, educator, mentor, choreographer, community leader and cultural ambassador of street dance. She toured both nationally and internationally as a Principal dancer with Illstyle & Peace Productions from 2002-2007and Rennie Harris Puremovement from 2007-2014 serving as principal/assistant rehearsal director. Locally, Dinita is a senior lecturer at the University of the Arts and Drexel University. She has also taught at Bryn Mawr College and Temple University, and has set choreography for each institution. In 2010, she co-founded Just Sole! Street Dance Theater Company, followed in 2011 by “Funky Sole Fundamentals,” a workshop series dedicated to the preservation of Hip Hop, House, and Funk Styles dance. Dinita has performed and taught internationally in Poland, Mexico, UK, Amsterdam, Canada, Paris, Egypt, Israel, Palestine, Kyrgyz Republic, Kazakhstan and Jordan. She has represented the U.S. as a Cultural Ambassador three times. She has taught at dance festivals, including the 13th Contemporary Dance Festival in Bytom, Barriquismo Festival in Puebla, Mexico, City Lights Festival in Newcastle, England, Bates Dance Festival, Illadelph Legends Festival and Ladies Of Hip Hop, to name a few. Dinita has also judged and won national and international street dance competitions including “Freestyle Session/ Survival of the Illest” and “Juste Debout USA”. She was the assistant to choreographer Kyle “JustSole” Clark in his work for Alvin Ailey II titled “I Am the Road.” With funding provided from the Pew Center for the Arts and Heritage in 2016 for Kyle Clark’s “The Life Of A Just Sole,” Dinita was the administrative assistant, co-choreographer, outreach coordinator and master class educator. Dinita “Queen Dinita” is the recipient of the 2019 Pew Fellowship Award and the 2017 Leeway Transformation Award for her dedication to Hip-Hop/ Street Dance and culture to Philadelphia and beyond.

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