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About Kitty Clark                  
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About Kitty Clark

Grounded in place and by movement, dance artist Kitty Clark continually seeks out new ideas to fuel her sharp mind. Based in Maryland, she regularly marinates in Eastern woodlands and artifacts of history going back three centuries, and gleans inspiration from the natural and built environment. Kitty is a space-loving mover with a long-limbed body that is fluid and weighted.  As a choreographer, she has maintained an interest in multi-disciplinary, collaborative pieces; site-specific choreography; and work that includes set material and utilizes improvisation scores. Her dances are movement-rich, complex, and dynamic.

Kitty also finds grounding in her yoga practice.  A certified vinyasa flow yoga instructor, Kitty finds renewal and enrichment in the internal geography of body, mind, and breath. Through dance and yoga, Kitty lives a life informed by movement.






kittyclarkmoves:
the company

kittyclarkmoves
is a project-based, professional dance company creating and performing works that focus on relationships between people, place, and time, honoring history and fostering an awareness of the environment. kcm makes works for proscenium stage, non-traditional venues, and site-specific settings that have included a city park, a working farm, a botanic garden, a US Fish and Wildlife Training Center, and a Civil War field hospital site. The company often engages in multi-disciplinary projects, collaborating with artists of other genres to create unique and rich performance pieces that communicate to people on many levels.
Biography

Kitty Clark, MFA, E-RYT 200, is a contemporary dance artist and yoga instructor. In 2014-15, she was part of the creative and performing team of HorsePower Live , a show that combined horses, dance, and original music into a lively, artistic, and informative presentation for people of all ages.  For 15 years, she directed a successful experiment in non-urban dance making in West Virginia with her dance company, kittyclarkmoves, and as Founder/Director of Goose Route Arts Collaborative .  Since the 1990’s, Kitty has spearheaded performance projects that have aimed to make contemporary dance and performance accessible to a broader audience; and in 2006, she received the West Virginia Governor’s Arts Award as “Arts Innovator” in recognition of her efforts in that state.  Colleagues have called her "a force to be reckoned with."

Kitty’s dance works range from proscenium-style contemporary choreography to outdoor, site-specific performances that have taken place on a working farm, in a city park, at the US Fish & Wildlife National Conservation Training Center , and at Antietam Battlefield .  She has collaborated with other dance artists, musicians, and visual and new media artists to create innovative, multi-disciplinary works that often include improvisational components.  She has performed her work and the work of other choreographers including Sharon Mansur, Dan Burkholder, Paula Kellinger, Jin-Wen Yu, and Ray C. Shaw, at colleges and universities, art galleries, festivals, and theaters in New York City, Washington, DC, Toronto, and other venues on the East Coast, as well as at Vancouver's Olympic Village.

As a producer and arts administrator, Kitty founded and directed the Shepherdstown, WV-based Goose Route Arts Collaborative (GRAC) , a non-profit organization that produced performance events and offered educational opportunities for people of all ages.  For her own independent projects, for GRAC, and for the Ice Theatre of New York , where she served as General Manager, she successfully garnered funding from the New York States Arts Council, the WV Commission on the Arts, the WV Humanities Council, the NJ Council for the Humanities, the District of Columbia Arts & Humanities Council, the Mardi Gras Fund, and the Puffin Foundation, among other funding bodies. She served as General Manager of Guelph Dance (Ontario) from 2015-17.

Kitty has taught dance at Shepherd University, where she also developed curriculum for a dance program; Hagerstown Community College; Wilson College; Shenandoah University; in private studios including the Mid-Maryland Performing Arts Center and the Shepherdstown School of Dance ; in public schools; and in community centers.  She is also a Registered Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance, having completed her 200 hour training through Ananda Shala in Frederick, MD, a Shiva Rea affiliate program, with additional studies in Embodyoga with Patty Townsend. Kitty holds a Master of Fine Arts in dance from Smith College (Massachusetts) and a Bachelor of Arts in history from Vassar College (New York).

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" Alchemy performance of dance, word, and song ," Frederick News Post (10/31/13)

" Pry House Performance, " Frederick News Post (10/18/12)

" Goose Route Demonstrates Talent of Town, " Shepherdstown Chronicle (6/22/12)

Dance Reflects New View of Winter ," Martinsburg, Journal (1/18/09)

“‘ Remember’: A traveling performance art show – through space and time, ” Frederick News Post (11/8/07)

" Goose Route Remembers ," The Observer (Jefferson County) (11/07)

" Goose Route Director Honored, " Shepherdstown Chronicle (5/15/06)

Beating A Path to Goose Route ,” Lisa Traiger, Washington Post (7/15/05)