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Kyle “JUST SOLE” Clark is a native of Baltimore, MD. Kyle attended the University of the Arts from 2002-2006. In 2003, he joined Philadanco’s “D2”. In 2004, he joined Eleone Dance Theater. Shortly after graduating from UArts in 2006, Kyle joined world renowned Rennie Harris Puremovement. Kyle was a principal for both companies concurrently from 2006-2010. In 2010, he was promoted to Rehearsal Director for RHPM until 2015. Kyle has performed and taught internationally in countries such as France, U.K., Amsterdam, Russia, Mexico, Egypt, Israel, Palestine, Kyrgyz Republic, and Kazakhstan. He also served as a U.S. Cultural Ambassador twice. Kyle has won and judged battles nationally and internationally including “House Dance Forever” and “Juste Debout”. He has also choreographed for dance companies such as Ailey II, Eleone, JUNK, upon many others.
Kyle, being passionate about the history, culture, and articulation of Hip-Hop dance, co-founded “ Funky Sole Fundamentals” w/ Dinita Clark in April 2011. It’s a bi-monthly dance workshop series dedicated to the preservation of Hip-Hop, House, and Funk Styles. It is responsible for bringing in Pioneers and Educators from around the world to Philadelphia for the most affordable prices possible for the local dance community. Also 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 of over the Northeast U.S. including Jacob’s Pillow and SummerStage NYC.
In 2015, Kyle was selected as a premiere choreographer for “Ailey II” ‘s 2015-2016 seasons. His work entitled “ I Am The Road” is the first Hip Hop dance choreographed on Ailey II in its history. 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. Currently, Kyle is now a Professor for 3 Universities: UArts, Temple U, and Bryn Mawr College.