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Dinita Clark

Dinita Clark

July 1, 2019

The Department of Performing Arts congratulates adjunct faculty member Dinita Clark on being chosen by the U.S State Department and Next Level USA program to be a Hip-Hop Cultural Ambassador in the country of Jordan this July.

From July 14th to August 7th, 2019, Dinita and four other hip-hop artists will travel to Jordan as part of the Next Level program. Ambassadors will join team manager Mahogany Jones to perform for audiences and collaborate with local artists to promote cross-cultural creative exchange and conflict transformation. Team Jordan is part of a larger Next Level cohort of American MCs, DJs, beatmakers, and hip-hop dancers seeking to create global community through hip-hop culture.

Dinita Clark, a native of Philadelphia, PA, holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from The University of the Arts. She has dedicated over 17 years to hip-hop street dance and culture as a professional dance artist, educator, and choreographer. She has toured both nationally and internationally as a principal dancer with IllStyle & Peace Productions and was a principal dancer and assistant rehearsal director with Rennie Harris Puremovement. 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 in Philadelphia.

Dinita is a two-time U.S. Cultural Ambassador and has performed and taught internationally. She currently teaches at The University of the Arts and Drexel University. She has won national and international street dance competitions, including Freestyle Session/SOTI Philadelphia, Bust A Move Canada, and Juste Debout USA NYC. She is also the recipient of the 2017 Leeway Transformation Award.

In addition to teaching hip-hop to Drexel University classes, Dinita teach at Drexel Dance as a Healing Art Summer Intensive and has also choreographed works for the Youth Performance Exchange Touring Ensemble and the Drexel Dance Ensemble.