MFA Dance - University of Washington, Seattle
Associate Professor/Director of Dance
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Office Phone: 561.297.3810
Office: AL 124, Boca Campus
Clarence Brooks has performed with more than sixty American companies and toured the USA, Europe, and Asia. His most memorable experiences include performing at the Paris Opera, the Joyce Theatre, and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival with Nikolais & Murray Louis Dance Company, Marcus Schulkind Dance Company, Loyce Houlton’s Minnesota Dance Theater, Laura Dean Dancers and Musicians, Ohio Ballet, and Anna Sokolow’s Players’ Project. An Associate Professor and Director of Dance at Florida Atlantic University, he founded both Dances We Dance, the student dance company, and the Repertory Dance Theatre Ensemble, the University’s resident professional dance company, when he restarted the dance program. The Ensemble has performed in juried festivals and conferences around the USA. Mr. Brooks can be seen in the video documentary “The World of Alwin Nikolais”. His essay “Dancing with the Issues” was published in One Teacher in 10: LGBT Educators Share Their Stories (Alyson Books). Awards and honors include induction into the OCU Performance Hall of Honor, Associate Artist-in-Residences at the Atlantic Center for the Arts with Liz Lerman and Douglas Dunn, Japan Foundation Fellowship to study butoh, and recipient of both the Clyde Fyfe Award and the Randolph A. Frank Prize for Performing Arts. The Library of Congress invited Mr. Brooks to DC to perform Talley Beatty’s “Mourner’s Bench”, archived for posterity in the national archive. A founding member and past president of the Florida Dance Education Organization, Mr. Brooks holds advisory positions with FDEO and FAU Women, Gender and Sexualities Studies, and sits on the board of trustees of Compass, Palm Beach County’s LGBT community services center. He holds a master of fine arts (University of Washington/Seattle), a bachelor of performing arts (Oklahoma City University), and a certification in Laban Movement Analysis (Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies/NY). A 200-hour yoga teacher and National Registered Dance Educator, he is certified to teach the Bill Evans Method of Teaching Dance Technique. He continues touring performing works by Anna Sokolow, Marcus Schulkind, Michael Foley, Bill Evans, Leni Wylliams, Demetrius Klein, and David Parker & The Bang Group - just to name a few.