Elisa Clark is an award-winning artist and educator, from the Washington, DC area, who trained at the Maryland Youth Ballet, prior to receiving a BFA from The Juilliard School, under Benjamin Harkarvy. Ms. Clark was a founding member of Robert Battle’s Battleworks Dance Company, where she also served as Company Manager (2001-2006). Additionally, she was a featured member of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (2013-2017), Lar Lubovitch Dance Company (2001, 2011-2012), and Mark Morris Dance Group (2006-2011), as well as performed with Nederlands Dans Theater and The Metropolitan Opera, in works by Jirí Kylián, and Crystal Pite, respectively. Since 2002, she has been assistant to Mr. Battle, and frequently restages his work. Ms. Clark has held residencies and adjunct positions at the Ailey School, Alabama School of Fine Arts, Boston Conservatory, Brown University, George Mason University, Marymount Manhattan College, New World School of the Arts and Perry-Mansfield, and she is currently on faculty at the University of the Arts, Jacob’s Pillow, MOVE (NYC) and the American Dance Festival, in addition to guest teaching nationwide. She is a 2008 Princess Grace Award Winner, and thrilled to be joining the faculty at Princeton University this semester.
A Certified Life Coach, with a focus on providing support for dancers through a holistic lens, Ms. Clark is passionate about leading professional development seminars and workshops to promote necessary conversations, and to help shed more light on the realities of the field of dance; she is called upon to assist in bridging the gap for those entering the profession, to support artists while in their career, and to offer guidance into a post-dancing career shift, all by empowering dancers. In addition to drawing on her deep knowledge and versatile experiences as dancer, educator, manager, mentor and coach, Ms. Clark is currently engaged in several creative research projects. www.elisaclark.com