Clare Cook is a dancer, choreographer, teacher, and community collaborator with a deep commitment to dance and the power of the arts to effect change. After a decade of working in NYC, Cook returned to Lafayette, La in 2016 inspired to invest her time and talent in her hometown’s burgeoning arts community. She is the Founder and Director of Basin Arts, a collaborative arts space in Downtown Lafayette as well as the Artistic Director of Basin Dance Collective, the professional dance company in residence at Basin Arts.
In 2010, she began Clare Cook Dance Theater as a vehicle to create and produce original, collaborative dance theater productions. Through CCDT and as a freelance choreographer she has presented work at the New York Musical Theatre Festival, DanceNOW Festival at Joe’s Pub, HERE Arts Center, Cortland Repertory Theater, Fringe NYC, Triskelion Arts, Opera Slavica, NYU, The New School for Drama and Columbia University. She was the choreographer for the First National Tour of Bullets Over Broadway, re-setting Susan Stroman’s Tony-Nominated choreography and traveled to Bulgaria with the Drama League of NYC to work with the Sofia Puppet Theatre of Bulgaria. As a performer, Cook has worked with ChristinaNoel & The Creature, Yin Yue Dance, colectivodoszeta/Carlos A. Cruz Velazquez, Yoo & Dancers, expandance, Christopher Williams, Ivy Baldwin, Kay Cummings, Jim Martin, and Raw Delivery/Carrie J. Brown, She has performed across NYC at Dance Theater Workshop, St. Mark’s Church, Joyce Soho, La Mama, Duo Theater, Webster Hall, Bushwick Starr, John Ryan Theater, and The Tank, among other venues.
Clare has been on faculty at LSU and NYU Tisch Dance, worked as Education Director for the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, was a teaching artist for the Metropolitan Opera Guild and currently teaches Modern Dance at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. Since moving to Lafayette in 2016, she has presented work with the Acadiana Center for the Arts, worked with the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra, collaborated with Runaway Dish, and has been commissioned by the University of Louisiana-Lafayette to create multiple new works for State of La Danse and ArTech Fusion.
Her early dance training was at DeLarue Dance Centre in Lafayette, then at Louisiana State University under the direction of Molly Buchmann, the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and The Ailey School in NYC. Clare holds an MFA in Dance from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and is a member of The Stage Directors and Choreographers Society professional union.