Abigail Clarke is a passionate dance artist and educator based in Whitby, Ontario. Starting dance at a very young age, Abigail was instantly captivated and forever hooked on the joy of dance. Training extensively in ballet, jazz, tap, acro, and contemporary she has been educated by some of the top dance teachers in the country. She has been deeply immersed in the competitive and recreational dance world for over 20 years. The past several years she has worked in the industry as a choreographer, educator, and coach.
She studied at York University, where she completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts with honours in Dance. Abigail focused her degree on dance pedagogy, dance education, dance for the young artist and dance science. In addition, she is a fully certified ADAPT jazz and tap teacher, through the ADAPT association under the direction of Brian and Faye Foley. Abigail is also a registered teacher with the Acrobatique organization.
Abigail is extremely passionate about educating the next generation of dancers and is constantly researching, learning, and honing new techniques for creating stronger, safer, and more creative dancers. She is constantly taking classes herself to further develop her craft because, as she tells her students, the learning is never done. She has been teaching dance for over ten years, as well as choreographing for competitive level dancers, and guest teaching throughout Ontario. Her choreography is often praised for its innovation, creativity and emphasis on age appropriate content. Her students have had many successes as competitive dancers and professional working artists and have been accepted to many university dance programs. Abigail is passionate about dance education and providing young artists with an outlet to express themselves, and grow not only as dancers, but as individuals.
She is extremely excited to embark on this journey as a studio owner and artistic director. Abigail hopes to make Clarke Dance Productions a leader in dance education, and artistic development.