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Dance (MFA)

Imani Griffith is a native of Queens, New York. She attended University of the Arts, where she earned her BFA in Dance in 2018. During her studies, she was introduced to authentic hip hop/street dance by her professor Dinita “Queen Dinita” Clark. In 2016, UArts created a first-of-its-kind Hip Hop Pair concentration, for which she spent her junior and senior years furthering her interest and knowledge in hip hop/street dance and culture via the Clark Method, taught by Kyle “Just Sole” and Dinita Clark. After graduating from UArts, she became a principal dancer for Just Sole! Street Dance Theater Company (JS! SDTC). She has performed with JS! SDTC all over the city of Philadelphia at events including Pennsylvania Ballet’s Shut Up and Dance, Koresh’s Come Together Festival, and the International Association Of Blacks in Dance Festival. In New York City, the mecca of hip hop, Imani continued her work in the field of hip hop/street dance by entering and placing in the most prominent competitions in the U.S., such as the Ladies of Hip Hop Festival and Step Ya Game. In November 2019, Imani won her first house dance battle at Second Sundae, a Philadelphia staple that every major street dance competitor in the city has won, including her professors. Currently, Imani is social media manager for Funky Sole Fundamentals and a collegiate sub at Drexel University, Temple University, and University of the Arts, teaching the Clark Method. She has also been a rehearsal director and assistant to choreographers for several works set by Kyle and Dinita Clark at University of the Arts and Drexel University. 

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