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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 Analysis, 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 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 and William Paterson & Montclair State Universities. In addition to her choreography credits, Ruth created four original evening length dance-theater works commissioned by The Coconut Grove Playhouse. Her video work includes writing and directing a documentary for Very Special Arts NJ, promoting arts opportunities for people with disabilities.

Ruth has served as an Adjunct Professor with the Dance and Theater Departments at Montclair State University since 1984. She designed the department’s original courses in Dance Appreciation, Dance-Theater, Rhythmic Analysis for Dance and Laban Movement Analysis and Bartenieff Fundamentals. In addition to these courses she has also taught Repertory, Acting, Movement for Actors and all levels of Modern and Jazz Dance Technique for MSU. She also directed, choreographed and co-wrote three evening length dance-theater and dance-theater-video works for The Montclair State Experimental Theatre Series, which broke ground in cross-department collaborations between dance, theater and broadcasting students.

Ruth was the first teaching artist to be honored by the NJ State Council on the Arts “Distinguished Artist-Teacher” citation. She is also a recipient of the NJ 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 for William Paterson College, The Whole Theatre and Dance at John Harms. From 2000-2015 she developed an H.S. vocational interdisciplinary dance major as the Head Dance Teacher for Morris County’s Academy for Visual and Performing Arts. Cited as a model program by the NJSCA, this high school dance program won 13 years of interdisciplinary grant funding in dance, and dance for camera.

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 mandated for N.J.’s vocational dance programs.
Ruth has served 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 for whom she now serves as an Artistic Advisor. Currently Ruth is a consultant to the Rutgers Graduate School of Education as a Supervisor of student teachers in Dance Education and maintains a private practice as a movement coach.


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

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