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Ruth Clark

Adjunct Faculty, Theatre and Dance

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Ruth Clark is a dance artist, educator, and movement theater specialist. She holds a B.S. cum laude in Broadcasting and Film from Boston University, a Masters of Arts in Dance Education from Columbia University, and is Certified in Laban Movement Analyst, Yoga and Pilates. As Co-Artistic Director and founder of both The Other Dance Company and The Atlantic Motion Dance Company, she performed and presented works extensively throughout NY and NJ including such venues as Joyce Soho, DIA, St. Marks, The Merce Cunningham Studio, 3rd St. Music School Settlement, The John Harms Center, The Whole Theatre, and William Paterson & Montclair State Universities. Her commissions in dance-theatre and dance-theatre-video include several original evening length works for The Coconut Grove Playhouse, and for the Montclair State Experimental Theatre Series. Other video work includes writing and directing a 1998 documentary for Very Special Arts NJ, promoting arts opportunities for people with disabilities.
Ruth was cited as “Distinguished Artist-Teacher 1999-2001” by the NJ State Council on the Arts, a recipient of the "Governor’s Award in Arts Education" and in 2011 the NDEO recognized Ruth for her dedication and leadership in dance education. Ruth has directed numerous award winning young artist dance companies, including The William Paterson College Dance Co., The Whole Theatre Teen Dance Co., and The John Harms Teen Touring Company. From 2000-2015 she developed an interdisciplinary H.S. vocational dance major program as the Head Dance Teacher for Morris County Vocational School's Academy for Visual and Performing Arts. This high school was cited as a model program by the NJSCA, winning 13 years of interdisciplinary grant funding in dance, and dance for camera.

Ruth has served as an Adjunct Professor with the Dance and Theatre Departments at Montclair State University since 1984, where she has taught all levels of modern and jazz dance technique, as well as Repertory, Dance-Theatre, Dance Appreciation, Acting, Movement for Actors and currently Rhythmic Analysis for Music and Dance, and Laban Movement Analysis and Bartenieff Fundamentals.

A career dance educator, Ruth has been involved in multiple projects for the Dept. of Education, the N.J. State Council on the Arts, NJPAC and NJ School Districts in arts curriculum development, assessment and staff development toward implementing the NJ Content Standards in Dance, for which she served on the original writing committee. As a state sponsored Guest Artist/Choreographer and Master Teacher, she taught K-12 dance interdisciplinary residencies and staff development in arts-based curriculum for both artists and K-12 classroom teachers for over a decade. In her continuing efforts to advance dance education in NJ’s public schools, she served on the NJ-DOE revisions committee to establish K-12 NJ Teacher Licensure in Dance. She also served on the GEPA writing committee and was commissioned by OSHA to write the safety protocols for Dance and Theater Vo-Tech training. In 2001-03 Ruth was the National Dance Professional Development Coach on the SCASS Dance Assessment Project to create a national online pool for dance educators. Ruth also created the Life Forms computer animated dance studies used as assessment tools in statewide NJ Exit Testing currently mandated for N.J.’s vocational dance programs.
Ruth serves on the Board of Directors for Dance New Jersey, a service organization advocating NJ dance and dance education, and on the Board of 10 Hairy Legs, an all-male dance company.


Modern Dance, Laban Movement Analysis and Bartenieff Fundamentals, Rhythmic Analysis for Music and Dance, Choreography, Movement for Actors

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