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Just Sole! Street Dance Theater Company
Kyle “JustSole” and Dinita “Princess Di” Clark are both Graduates of the University of the Arts and former principle dancers for Rennie Harris Puremovement Hip Hop Theater Company. Kyle has been with RHPM for 8 years in which he was the Rehearsal Director for 3 years. Dinita was with RHPM for over 6 years and was the Assistant Rehearsal Director for 3 years as well. Together, locally, have taught at Koresh Dance Studio, Philadanco School of Dance Arts, Philadelphia Dance Theater, Point Breeze Performing Arts Center, various schools for Philadelphia Arts and Education Programs, and various dance studios across the tri- state area for almost 10 years. Kyle & Dinita are both Senior Lecturers/Adjunct Professors of Hip Hop Dance at The University of the Arts, Temple University, Drexel University, & Bryn Mawr College.
They both have also choreographed several Hip Hop ensembles for all 3 universities. Individually, they have taught Master classes at various colleges, dance companies, and festivals; home and abroad. Kyle has worked with Alvin Ailey, Philadanco, Cairo Ballet (Egypt),
Eleone Dance Theater, Johns Hopkins University, Barriquismo Festival (Mexico), Soul City St. Petersburg (Russia), Cercle Underground (Paris), House Dance Forever & Summer Dance Forever (Amsterdam) just to name a few. Dinita has worked with CSU Monterey Bay, 13th Contemporary Dance Festival (Poland), Barriquismo Festival (Mexico), City Lights Festival (UK), Miami Dade College, Hebrew University, Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, Johns Hopkins University, Illadelph Legends Festival, Ladies Of Hip Hop Festival just to name a few.
Inspired to inspire, Kyle and Dinita co-founded a educational program /workshop series called “Funky Sole Fundamentals” in April 2011. It’s a bi-monthly workshop series dedicated to the preservation of Hip Hop, House, and Funk Styles dance. With that said, they wanted to create a space that strictly teaches the codified techniques of Hip-Hop dance. In addition, they co-founded “JUSTSOLE” Street Dance Theater Company that was conceived in 2010 at Rennie Harris’ annual “Illadelph Legends Festival”. In Nov. of 2014, Kyle and Dinita premiered and self produced their own evenings length show entitled “The Life Of A Just Sole” at Freedom Theatre.
In April 2013, Dinita & Kyle won Freestyle Session/ Survival of the Illest 2x2 “House Dance” Category Street Dance Competition. In December 2013, Kyle and Dinita won Juste Debout USA 2014 street dance competition against the best street dancers in the U.S.A.’s “2x2 House” dance division. It was a qualifier to the world’s largest and most competitive street dance competition “Juste Debout : World Finals”. They represented the USA in the World Championships in Paris, France against 15 other countries in March 2014. They placed Top 10 in World Championships.
In May of 2014, Kyle and Dinita also won Canada’s largest Street Dance Competition, “Bust A Move” 2x2 House Dance category in Montreal. In the August 2014, Dinita was featured in Dance Magazine “On The Rise”. In June of 2015, they won “Slick City 2” 2x2 House Dance Category in Chicago, IL.
In 2014, The U.S. Embassy chose Kyle and Dinita via RHPM to be the ambassadors for the U.S.A to provide cultural exchange through the arts in Kyrgyz Republic & Kazakhstan. They taught classes, workshops, lecture demonstrations and performances during this Central Asia Tour.
In March 2012, Kyle and Dinita were chosen by The Obama Administration, BAM, and DanceMotion USA via RHPM to be Cultural Ambassadors for the U.S.A. They were asked to provide cultural exchange through the arts in Egypt, Israel & Palestine. As a part of this 5 week tour, they taught master classes, gave lecture/demonstrations, and performed at dozens of schools, community centers, and prestigious universities during their time in the Middle East.
Kyle and Dinita are two passionate, driven, and dedicated artists. Through all that they do, they have a mantra that reads as such:
Our mission is to empower, enrich, motivate and inspire the masses by providing an outlet that enables self-expression. The three laws of hip hop are creativity, innovation and individuality. Which in turn, spurs independence, unity, and discipline. We provide dance education in these styles under the umbrella of hip-hop dance that includes: Locking, House, Popping, Hip Hop Social Dance, and Waacking. Our goal is to preserve the integrity, relevance and impact of “Hip-Hop” dance via performances, education, and street dance competitions to protect the culture that we have all grown to love.
Meet The Company
Just Sole! Street Dance Theater Company was founded in 2010 by its Directors Kyle "JustSole" Clark and Dinita "Princess Di" Clark. The mission of the company, is to use Hip Hop dance (Street Dance) of all styles theatrically to inspire, empower, innovate, and motivate others to embrace their story and individuality while teaching the culture and history of Hip Hop Dance. Just Sole: SDT has performed all over the North East corridor. Most notably, they just performed at SummerStage NYC 2017 in July, Jacob's Pillow "Inside/Out" 2016, Philadanco’s Founders’ Day 2015/2016, and Koresh’s “Come Together” Festival 5 years consecutively.
Just Sole! Street Dance Theater Company is fresh group of young emerging artists that are conscience, informed, and dynamic. Thinking Dance writes “ [Just Sole! SDTC] presented a youthful and raw version of hip-hop.” The Dance Journal writes “ Their transitions are very well structured and the launch-pad for individual talents as well as dazzling esprit de corps all spelling dance fireworks.”
"[a] straightforward hip-hop ensemble with streaming unison precision."
IN THE PRESS
[Just Sole! SDTC] presented a youthful and raw version of hip-hop. Multiple solos highlighted the yearnings and idiosyncrasies of individual dancers and brought encouraging hollers from friends watching.”
The transitions are very well structured and the launch-pad for individual talents as well as dazzling esprit de corps all spelling dance fireworks.”
Their classes are jam-packed with positive energy, challenging movement and groovy house beats, and they always provide the context behind their movement so that dancers can develop a cultural dance vocabulary.”