MEET MATTHEW CLARK
DIRECTOR AND FOUNDER OF CLARK ACADEMY DANCE CENTER
Master Teacher | Choreographer | Dancer
For over 35 years, Matthew Clark has been a force in the dance world. As a professional dancer, Matthew has performed in numerous stage productions and in commercials for Reebok, Toyota, and Calvin Klein. But his passion for teaching dancers both young and old is what has gained Matthew accolades across the globe.
Not all dancers can teach dance, and not all teachers can dance. Matthew Clark is one of the rare few that has proven to have excellence in both dance and teaching dance. He inspires, motivates, and elevates his students with his joyful and positive demeanor that imparts a lasting positive influence in the lives of his students. Matthew Clark has trained thousands of students over the years as a Master Dance Teacher, choreographed hundreds of productions for stage and film, and claimed hundreds of awards. Many of Matthew’s students have gone dancing on Broadway and beyond, because of the high-quality dance training and the self-confidence he helps his students possess.
Matthew’s work as a teacher, choreographer, mentor, competition judge, and creative director has earned him the highest honors from the community, accolades from the dance community, and international acclaim.
He has been using dance as a vehicle to inspire, mentor and a means to give back to his community and those in need. His efforts have not gone unnoticed. Over the course of his career as one of the best dance teachers in the United States, he has been awarded countless civic and professional accolades across the globe.
Here are just a few of the accomplishments of Matthew Clark.
2022 DIRECTOR- AMERICAN ALL STARS TEAM
TEAM CANADA DANCE
MATTHEW CLARK AND SAVION GLOVER
2022 Director for the American All-Stars Dance Team for the World Dance Challenge
Choreographer for the USA National Tap Team
Choreographer for the USA National Jazz Tea
Choreographer for the Canadian National Tap Tea
Dance Teachers Hall of Fame New York State Inducted
Dance Teachers Hall of Fame Canada Inductee
Canadian National Tap Champions Director/Choreographer
North American Tap Champions Director/Choreographer
Miss Buffalo Scholarship Competition- Executive producer and Board of Directors
Nicholas Brothers Foundation Co-founder
Dance Masters of America member
Dance Educators of America Member
CITY OF BUFFALO PROCLAMATION- MARY B. TALBOT AWARD
Matthew Clark was honored by the Maty B. Talbert Civic and Cultural Award which spotlights teachers, instructors, and mentors in the community who have demonstrated sincere dedication and compassion in their teaching.
PRESIDENT CLINTON CONGRATULATES MATTHEW CLARK
President Clinton’s personal letter was written to Matthew Clark and Tiffany Hillard and the dancers at Clark Academy for winning the World Title in Duo Formation Tap Dancing at the 1996 World Tap Dance Championships.
MATTHEW CLARK DAY
A tribute of love was given to Master Teacher Matthew Clark during the production of “Life as an Artist” at the New Phoenix Theatre. Mayor Anthony Masiello proclaimed February 25th and 26th, 1999 as “Matthew Clark Day”.
CANADIAN NATIONAL DANCE DIRECTOR
“Matthew is the only choreographer in the history of World Championships to consistently turn out World Champions in both Tap and Jazz.
Nothing surpasses his expertise in dance but his personality!”
STATE OF NY LEGISLATURE OF ERIE COUNTY
Congratulating Matthew Clark and Clark Academy Dance Center for their grand opening on August 22, 2020.
“As a result of his mastery in teaching, competing, and judging, Matthew earned well-deserved recognition as a viable member of the dance world in the US, Canada, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia”.
ERIE COUNTY URBAN BUSINESS GRANT
April Baskin Chair of the Erie County Legislature and 2nd District, and Howard J. Johnson Jr. 1st District legislature awarded grants to organizations that offer services and give care to seniors and children in the community.
PROFESSIONAL DANCE ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIPS
DANCE EDUCATORS OF AMERICA
NATIONAL DANCE COUNCIL OF AMERICA
DANCE MASTERS OF AMERICA
NY STATE DANCE EDUCATORS OF AMERICA
WORLD DANCE ORGANISATION
IDO INTERNATIONAL DANCE ORGANISATION