Nicole Clarke-Springer


Nicole Clarke-Springer began formal training at the Joliet Ballet Society in Joliet, IL under the guidance of Claudette Soltis (Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo) and the Indianapolis Ballet Theatre under Dace Diodonis.   She received her B.S. in Arts Administration-Dance from Butler University in Indianapolis, IN where she twice received the award as Butler Ballet’s Outstanding Performer.   Upon graduating from Butler University, she served as Adjunct Professor for Chicago State University’s Physical Education Department and worked with various choreographers and artist such as Matthew Rushing  (Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater), Christian Vincent (choreographer), Laurie Goux, (Spirit Wings Dance Theater), singing artists Donnie McLurkin, Jeffery Osborne and many others.  She found her dance home within the Deeply Rooted Dance Theatre family- first as an apprentice and later as company member.  As a member of Deeply Rooted Dance Theatre, Nicole performed with artists such as Roberta Flack in Kevin Iega Jeff’s Flack as well as Jennifer Holiday in the world-renowned Penumbra Theatre’s Black Nativity. During her brief departure from the company in 2007, she taught and choreographed for Bowling Green State University and served as Adjunct Professor at Western Kentucky University’s Dance Department in 2008.  While there, Nicole  joined  the Clifton Brown Dance Company-performing with the company on its’ tour to Istanbul, Turkey.  The same year, Clarke-Springer returned to the Deeply family as Summer Intensive Program Director.  During this time, she began deepening her choreographic voice, creating and setting works such as Until Lambs BecomeLions and Femme for both the first and second company. She also served as Assistant Choreographer to Kevin Iega Jeff for Congo Square Theatre’s Nativity for two years. Clarke-Springer has also had the pleasure of working with nationally acclaimed Black Ensemble Theater as choreographer to numerous musicals and plays.  In 2013, Nicole was named Deeply Rooted Dance Theatre’s Emerging Choreographer for the program Generations.  Her work Hadiya was met with favorable reviews and noted as “a poignant memorial tribute”…” filled with ….”Ritualistic gestures [that] carry a ceremonial theme.”….. “a living eulogy not only for the slain Hadiya Pendleton, but for all children who have lost their lives to violence-Lynn Colburn Shapiro See Dance Chicago.comIn August (2015), she had the honor of traveling with Deeply Rooted participating in Jomba! Dance Festival hosted by Flatfoot Dance Company where she had the pleasure of setting her ballet Until Lambs Become Lions on the host company.  The same year, Springer set work on Memphis based ballet company Collage Dance Collective. Just recently Clarke-Springer choreographed the opening number for the nationally syndicated Steve Harvey Show- Halloween Celebration as well as choreographing for Pegagus Theater’s Ruherford’s Travel and Shakin’ The Mess Outa Misery . Crediting the Deeply Rooted mission, Nicole works to create an environment that is challenging yet inspiring-helping each dancer find their spiritual connection within the work and most importantly themselves.

Friday, March 9, 2018: 7:00pm