Dinita Clark

2019 PEW FELLOW
Updated
21 Oct 2019

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Dinita Clark smiles sitting on the steps of Philadelphia’s Race St. Pier. She has warm-toned med-dark skin and wears her long brown hair in tight dreads. She wears bright yellow pants, a black sleeveless top, black heeled sandals, and a black hat.

Dinita Clark, 2019 Pew Fellow. Photo by Ryan Collerd.

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Dinita Clark stands facing the camera on Philadelphia’s Race St. Pier. The Ben Franklin bridge is visible above her. She has medium-dark skin and long tight dreads. She wears bright yellow pants, a black sleeveless top, and a colorful chunky necklace.

Dinita Clark, 2019 Pew Fellow. Photo by Ryan Collerd.

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Dinita Clark sits on a bench on Philadelphia’s Race St. Pier. She has medium-dark skin and long tight dreads. She wears bright yellow pants, a black sleeveless top, black heeled sandals, a black hit, red lips, and a colorful chunky necklace.

Dinita Clark, 2019 Pew Fellow. Photo by Ryan Collerd.

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Dinita Clark, 2019 Pew Fellow.

“The essence of my work stems from the social aspect of hip-hop dance culture and produces a community of acceptance, unity, and individuality.”

Dinita Clark is a choreographer, dancer, and teacher whose work engages the vocabularies of street dance and hip-hop culture, creating dynamic performances that display polyrhythmic upper body and footwork patterns. Clark’s work is interested in challenging preconceived notions of hip-hop culture and creating opportunities for women within the dance form. Her teaching practice addresses the scarcity of training for women in the foundations of hip-hop dance and provides accessible dance education to, as she explains, “unlock self-discovery, self-worth, and integrity for female dancers.” Also known as “Queen Dinita,” Clark is the co-founder and co-choreographer of Just Sole! Street Dance Theater Company with her partner, Kyle Clark, and she has performed professionally as a principal dancer with Rennie Harris Puremovement and Illstyle & Peace Productions. She is also a co-founder of Funky Sole Fundamentals, a dance workshop series dedicated to the preservation of hip-hop, house, and funk dance styles. As a three-time US Cultural Ambassador, she has performed and taught in Egypt, Israel, Palestine, Kazakhstan, and Jordan. The recipient of a 2017 Transformation Award from the Leeway Foundation, Clark is a senior lecturer at the University of the Arts, where she earned a BFA, and an adjunct professor at Drexel University.