American Ballet Theatre
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School

Faculty Biography

Harriet Clark


Harriet Clark is a native New Yorker. She received her professional training at the School of American Ballet. While a student at the school she was chosen to perform with Makarova and Company on Broadway, and danced as a soloist in ballets with Cynthia Gregory, Anthony Dowell, Fernando Bujones, as well as Natalya Makarova who was the Artistic Director. Later that year she joined American Ballet Theater, then under the directorship of Mikhail Baryshnikov. Several years later Ms. Clark left ABT to dance as a soloist in The Pacific Northwest Ballet. At both companies she performed not only the classics, but also works by George Balanchine, Paul Taylor, Jose Limon, Anthony Tudor, and Twyla Tharp.

For sixteen years Ms. Clark was the Dance Captain and Swing of the Broadway Production of The Phantom of the Opera. As such she not only performed a number of roles but also taught and maintained all of the choreography and musical staging in the show. Ms. Clark is currently on the Faculty of the ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School in both the Pre-Professional Division and in the Children’s Division. She is certified in all levels of the American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum. She teaches the Training Curriculum, assists in the NYU Masters Degree Program in ABT Pedagogy, and is an affiliate examiner. Ms. Clark is an adjunct Professor of Dance at both Marymount College and at Pace University. She has choreographed for students at the JKO School and at Marymount Manhattan College.

Besides her work in outreach through the ABT Education Department, for several years she was also a teaching artist for the National Dance Institute, founded by Jacques D’Amboise, and worked extensively throughout the New York City Public School system helping to introduce children to the discipline and joy of dance through performance.

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