Clare Cook Dance Theater
Clare Cook Dance Theater
CLARE COOK DANCE THEATER is committed to creating and producing original dance theater projects that merge multiple art forms through artistic collaboration, as well as fostering the aspirations and talent of young performers committed to pursuing a life in the arts by facilitating educational workshops and mentoring opportunities. Since it's launch in 2011, CCDT has presented work at TADA! Theater, The New York Musical Theatre Festival, The DanceNOW Festival at Joe's Pub, and Triskelion Arts Center. In addition, the company has held it's Great Girls Create music and dance workshop for young girls in NYC and Louisiana along with other dance teaching engagements.
Clare Cook, Artistic Director, is a choreographer, teacher, and dancer. Her work has been seen in venues across New York City and Louisiana (born and raised in South Louisiana!). Her choreographic work appears in contemporary dance, experimental theater, musical theater, opera, and film. Her choreography has been part of productions at the New York Musical Theater Festival, Ars Nova's ANT Fest, HERE Arts Center, Fringe NYC, Berkshire Fringe Festival, Planet Connections Festival (Best Choreography Award), the Bohemian National Hall and JCC in Manhattan with productions for Opera Slavica, as well as productions at NYU (Graduate Musical Theater Writing Program), Columbia University and The New School for Drama. She is an associate member of The Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.
As a dancer, Clare has worked with ChristinaNoel & The Creature, Yin Yue Dance, colectivodoszeta/Carlos A. Cruz Velazquez, Yoo & Dancers, expandance, Christopher Williams, Ivy Baldwin, Kay Cummings, Jim Martin, and Raw Delivery/Carrie J. Brown, She has performed across NYC at Dance Theater Workshop, St. Mark's Church, Joyce Soho, La Mama, Duo Theater, Webster Hall, Bushwick Starr, John Ryan Theater, and The Tank, among other venues.
Clare holds an MFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. While at NYU, Clare also trained extensively under pilates Master Teacher, Kathy Grant, and upon graduation served as the teaching assistant to Ms. Grant for two years. Clare is now on faculty at Tisch Dance, teaching pilates to undergraduate and graduate students. She is also a movement teaching artist for the Metropolitan Opera Guild.
Clare's early dance training was at Delarue Dance Centre under the direction of Carol Delarue in Lafayette, Louisiana, from which she continued her dance training at Louisiana State University, the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and The Ailey School in NYC. While living in Louisiana, she performed extensively for the Cangelosi Dance Project and worked with choreographers and teachers; Kris Cangelosi, Susan Quinn-Williams, Nan Giordano, Jose Traba, Irene Rampino, Kathleen Spinazzola, Molly Buchmann, and Susan Perlis. In Louisiana, Clare's choreography has been shown at the Manship Theater, LSU Union Theater, BREC Theater, and the Heymann Performing Arts Center. She remains involved with the Louisiana dance community through teaching workshops and choreography residencies. In Summer 2010, Clare was a guest teacher at Louisiana State University, teaching modern dance in the Department of Theater.
Find out more at www.claremcook.com
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