Kitty Clark, MFA, E-RYT 200, is a contemporary dance artist and yoga instructor currently living near Toronto, Ontario. In 2014-15, she was part of the creative and performing team of
, 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
. 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 is currently the General Manager of
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
Shepherdstown School of Dance
; in public schools; and in community centers. She is also a Registered Yoga Teacher through
having completed her 200 hour training through
in Frederick, MD, a Shiva Rea affiliate program, with additional studies in
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).