Kyle "JustSole" Clark is a dancer and choreographer with expertise in hip-hop and street dance. The founder and artistic director of Just Sole Street Dance Theater, Clark studied ballet, modern dance, and jazz at The University of the Arts and with PHILADANCO. He has performed with the Philadelphia-based Eleone Dance Theater, and later joined the renowned hip-hop company Rennie Harris PureMovement as a principal dancer, before serving as rehearsal director. Clark teaches dance at The University of the Arts, Temple University, and Bryn Mawr College, and has taught hip-hop master classes for dance companies and universities around the world, including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Cairo Opera Ballet Company, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, State University of New York at Oswego, and others. In 2016, Clark received Center support to present The Life of a Just Sole, a project that will bring together some of hip-hop's most influential pioneers in a dance-theater performance blending street dance techniques with spoken word narration and video.
Bringing together some of hip-hop's most influential pioneers, dancer and choreographer Kyle "JustSole" Clark will present what he calls his "physical autobiography" in a dance-theater performance blending street dance techniques with spoken word narration and video. The Life of a Just Sole will explore themes of identity, family, self-expression, and the guiding force of art in an individual's life, as it introduces audiences to the history of hip-hop culture. Performers will include house dancers Caleaf "Big Leaf" Sellers, Tony "Sekou Heru" Williams, and Tony McGregor; lockers Alain "Hurrikane" Lauture and Omar "Firelock" Thomas; as well as B-boys Ivan "HeatRock" Cofield, Tony "Ynot" Dinero, and Brian "Hannibal" Newby. Together, these performers will survey a variety of dance styles through a combination of choreographed segments and improvised dance battles. Langston "DJ Foxx Boogie" Clement will accompany the dancers live on stage, spinning a spectrum of musical genres—from jazz to electronic dance music.
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