Russell Clarke

Russell Clarke

General Info


Associate Professor of Dance

As a teacher, I strive to create a nurturing environment while encouraging my students to consistently work to the best of their ability. My classes are challenging for both the body and the mind. I focus on proper body alignment, placement, articulation, and musicality. Natural ability is one very small part of the equation; what students put in to each and every class is what determines success.

Russell Clarke was born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland. He was trained at the Royal Ballet School in London, where he performed with the Royal Ballet Company in productions including The Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake.

Clarke joined Ballet Arizona in 2007 and performed principal roles in Don Quixote, Christopher Wheeldon’s Polyphonia, Twyla Tharp’s The Golden Section, George Balanchine’s Movements for Piano and OrchestraLa ValseLa Sonnambula, and The Four Temperaments, and Ib Andersen’s Play1052A Midsummer Night’s DreamMosaikSymphonie Classique, and The Nutcracker.

Clarke received critical acclaim for his role as the Poet in George Balanchine’s La Sonnambula and was praised by the New York Times for his role as Phlegmatic in Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments. He originated a principal role in Andersen’s Diversions, which was seen on the Kennedy Center stage in June 2010. In Clarke’s final season with Ballet Arizona, he originated the principal role in Ib Andersen’s world premiere of Cinderella, which received critical acclaim.

Clarke was the director of the Community Dance Academy at Walnut Hill School for the Arts for four years.