Clarence Brooks has toured throughout the USA, Europe, and Asia with Nikolais & Murray Louis, Bill Evans, Marcus Schulkind, Loyce Houlton, Laura Dean, Robin Becker, Deborah Carr, Ohio Ballet, and Anna Sokolow to name just a few of the 70+ companies he has performed with at such prestigious venues like the Paris Opera, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, The Joyce Theater, The Dance Place, and the American Dance Festival. He can be seen in the video documentary The World of Alwin Nikolais. A published author, his essay Dancing with the Issues was published in One Teacher in 10: LGBT Educators Share Their Stories (Alyson Books, 2nd Ed.). The Repertory Dance Theatre Ensemble, the company he founded in 2005, has performed in festivals from Miami to Boston including Rebound Dance Festival (New Haven), Inkub8 (Miami), Daniel Lewis Miami Dance Sampler (Miami), NewGrounds (Tampa), Piccolo Spoleto (Charleston), and Green Street (Cambridge). The Library of Congress recorded his performance of Talley Beatty’s “Mourner’s Bench” (1947) for the national archive. He continues performing with his own company with annual public performances at the FAU University Theatre and freelancing nationally with Sokolow Theatre/Dance Ensemble (NY), Bill Evans (WA), The Dance Exchange (DC), and David Parker & The Bang Group (NY). Brooks holds advisory positions with the Florida Dance Education Organization, of which he is a past president, and the Center for Women, Gender and Sexualities Studies at FAU. He sits on the board of trustees of Compass, Palm Beach County’s LGBT community services center, and is a founding member of the Florida Black Dance Artist Organization. An Associate Professor and Director of Dance of the Dance Program in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Florida Atlantic University (Boca Raton), Brooks holds an MFA from the University of Washington, is a Certified Laban Movement Analyst (CMA) from the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies, is certified in the Evans Method of Teaching Dance Technique, and is a certified yoga teacher (RYT200). Awards and honors include induction into the OCU Performance Hall of Honor, two Associate Artist-in-Residences at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, Japan Foundation Fellowship, several School of the Arts grants, and recipient of both the Clyde Fyfe and the Randolph A. Frank Prize for the Performing Arts Awards. Outside of the dance studio and academia, he bikes, kayaks, hikes, and camps.
Associate Professor & Director of Dance, Florida Atlantic University