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Dinita Clark
Dinita Clark
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Adjunct Professor

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Ellen Forman Dance Studio Office, Mandell Theater Lobby 1032

           Born in Philadelphia, PA. Dinita Alishia Clark began her formal training in Modern dance (Horton) under the instruction of Faye Snow at the age of 15 at Franklin Learning Center High. From there, she joined Eleone's second company in 1999 for two years in the production "Carols In Color" under the direction of Shawn Lamere Williams and trained with Philadanco's Summer Intensive Training Program in 2000, 2001, and 2002. After earning her B.F.A. Degree in Dance from The University of the Arts, she expanded her knowledge of Hip Hop/Street dance and has been choreographing, and teaching various levels and age groups ranging from six to adults as well as children with special needs. Dinita “Princess Di” Clark dedicated over 15 years to Hip Hop/Street dance culture as a professional dancer/performer, educator, mentor, choreographer, community leader and cultural ambassador of street dance. From 2002- 2007, she toured both nationally and internationally as a core member of Illstsyle & Peace Productions (Philadelphia Hip Hop dance based company) in "Same Spirit Different Movement" and lead dancer/actress in "Things Happen". Dinita was also chosen to teach and perform at The 13th Contemporary Dance Festival in Bytom, Katowice and Krakow Poland in 2006 via I & P. From 2007-2014, Dinita also toured both nationally and internationally as a core member and Assistant Rehearsal Director for Rennie Harris Puremovement. In 2012, The Obama Administration, BAM, and DanceMotion USA, chose Dinita via RHPM to be an ambassador for the U.S.A to provide cultural exchange through the arts in Egypt, Palestine & Israel and in 2014, she was chosen by the U.S. Embassy via RHPM to be an ambassador for the U.S.A to provide cultural exchange through the arts in Kyrgyz Republic & Kazakhstan. Dinita taught classes, workshops, lecture demonstrations and performances during both the Middle East Tour & Central Asia Tour Simultaneously between performing and teaching, Dinita is also involved in the street dance competition scene. Dinita and her partner Kyle “Just Sole” Clark won multiple 2x2 Street Dance Competitions including “Freestyle Session/ Survival of the Illest” 2x2 House Dance Category 2012 in Philadelphia, Juste Debout USA House Dance Category 2014 in NYC and represented the USA in the World Championships in Paris, France against 15 other countries and placed Top 10 in World Championships. They also won Canada’s largest Street Dance Competition, “Bust A Move” 2x2 House Dance category in Montreal 2014 and “Slick City 2” 2x2 House Dance Category in Chicago, IL in 2015. Locally, Dinita is an adjunct professor at The University of the Arts, Drexel University and Temple University. She has also taught at Bryn Mawr College and has set choreography for each University/ College and in collaboration with Kyle “Just Sole” Clark. She has also taught at Koresh Dance Studio, Philadanco School of Dance Arts, Philadelphia Dance Theater, and Point Breeze Performing Arts Center and Philadelphia Arts and Education Programs (PAEP) for several years. Dinita has taught dance residencies and Master classes at Colgate University, The Philadelphia Dance Project, UArts Summer World of Dance, CSU Monterey Bay, Illadelph Legends Hip Hop Intensive, Ocean City Vocational Technical School, Rowan University, The Philadelphia Dance Experience at Temple University, Barriquismo Festival Puebla Mexico, City Lights Festival in New Castle England, Bates Dance Festival, and Ladies of Hip Hop Festival to name a few. Inspired to inspire, Dinita has co-founded a workshop series with Kyle “Just Sole” Clark called “ Funky Sole Fundamentals” in April 2011. It’s a bi-monthly class series that strictly teaches the codified techniques of Hip-Hop and street dance. With the success of the bi-monthly class series, the Community Education Center hosts “Groove Factory”, an 8 week “HOUSE” dance residency every summer and winter. In addition, they co-founded Just Sole! Street Dance Theater Company that was conceived in 2010 at Rennie Harris’ annual “Illadelph Legends Festival”. In Nov. of 2014, Dinita and Kyle premiered and self produced their own evenings length show entitled “The Life Of A Just Sole” at Freedom Theatre. JustSole! SDT company has performed for Summer Stage, Jacob’s Pillow “Inside/ Out”, “Octoberfest” at Dilworth Park, Koresh’s “Come Together Festival” since it’s conception, Philadanco’s 2nd & 3rd Annual Founder’s day at the Dell to name a few.  Dinita is also the co choreographer and assistant to the premiere choreographer for the 2015-2016 season, Kyle “JustSole” Clark in his work for Alvin Ailey II entitled “I Am the Road”. With funding provided of the Pew Center for the Arts & heritage in 2016, Dinita was the Administrative Assistant, Co Choreographer, Outreach coordinator and Master class educator for Kyle Clark’s physical autobiography written in the language of street dance. “The Life Of A Just Sole” was produced as it was first ideologically conceived. With live narration, a showcase by Dance Fusion pioneer’s of House dance Sekou Heru & Tony McGregor, a B-boy exhibition by Brian “Hannibal” Newby and Ivan “Heat Rock” Cofield, a rocking demonstration by Rock Steady’s own Tony “Ynot” Denaro, a locking showcase by Alain “Hurikane” Lauture and Omar “Firelock” Thomas.