Studio Dance Arts Announces Former Principal Ballerina To Faculty
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September 11th, 2012 at 10:25am
Miss Julie Clarke from England recently arrived in Sault Ste. Marie to start her “Guest Artist In Residence” position at Richard Kim’s Studio Dance Arts. She will be heading the school’s already established RAD (Royal Academy Of Dance) ballet exam program, as well as continuing the tradition of excellence with its’ competitive ballet program in both the Sault and Elliot Lake Studios.
From 1977-1980, Miss Clarke received her professional ballet training and education with England’s Hammond School and the prestigious Royal Ballet School. She obtained twelve RAD ballet exam levels, including the society’s most esteemed Solo Seal Award. The Solo Seal was introduced in 1928 as an additional examination for students who had achieved the Advanced Certificate. This is the highest Vocational Graded examination of the Royal Academy of Dance and focuses on exceptional solo performers.
In addition, Miss Clarke possesses exam credentials in modern, contemporary, jazz, tap and ballroom, thirteen O-levels and three A-levels. She is an avid musician as well playing the piano and cello.
From 1981-1986, Miss Clarke toured Great Britain as a professional ballerina with The Royal Ballet – Europe’s highly acclaimed classical ballet company. She has danced various leading roles in such ballets as; Swan Lake, Giselle, La Fille Mal Gardee, and The Nutcracker, to name a few.
After her performance career, Miss Clarke founded and established her own ballet school in Nuremberg, Germany – Dance Vision. For thirteen years, she fluently taught in German and English, training young ballerinas and preparing them for RAD exams. She is a member of the Royal Academy Of Dance (RAD) and the Imperial Society Of Teachers Of Dancing (ISTD). www.radcanada.org www.istd.org
“We are thrilled to be able to bring Miss Clarke to Canada. Her professional experience and background and devotion to nurturing young talent makes her an ideal fit for our school,” says Richard Kim, founder/director of Studio Dance Arts. “Our goal at the school has always been to provide excellence in dance education. Miss Clarke has the knowledge to help further develop our ballet program and dancers. It is an exciting new era at the school and I’m sure our dance families and community will give her a warm welcome. She is an excellent new addition to our city and we are fortunate Miss Clarke is now calling Sault Ste. Marie her new home.”
Starting this week, Miss Clarke will be working alongside the studio’s other staff members, including; Matthew Caruso, Tania Castellani, Pam Robins, Carolyn Caputo-McCauley, Tee Komsa, Lauren Burch and Nadia Kovacs.
2012/2013 marks Studio Dance Arts 10th anniversary season. For more information regarding the school or to enroll in its PreSchool, Recreational or Competitive programs, contact the studio at: 705-253-0800 or visit their website at: www.studiodancearts.com