Clarice Young is an artist, teacher, choreographer, collaborator, and performer who researches the intersection of African Diasporic dance and contemporary modern dance. Melding elements of Afro-Caribbean, modern, and West African styles, she uses fundamentals from each to uncover ways to stabilize and release the body. Clarice received her BFA in Dance from The University of Louisiana at Lafayette and her MFA in Dance from Hollins University. A Louisiana native, Young was an original member of choreographer and Artistic Director Camille A. Brown’s company Camille A. Brown & Dancers and served as an assistant to the director. She was also a member of choreographer and Artistic Director Ronald K. Brown’s Evidence, A Dance Company, acting as the first rehearsal director.
Clarice collaborated with fellow artist Francine E. Ott in Outta the Box at Dixon Place, performed her solo work i am… at Judson Church, and showcased her choreography re(belle) at the North Carolina Dance Festival. She has been a guest teacher at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee Summer Dance Intensive, American Dance Festival, Evidence Summer Dance Intensive, and Hollins University. As a choreographer she’s been invited to set work on undergraduate students at NC State University, Elon University, and UL Lafayette. In 2019 she started The Clarice Young Project as a way to celebrate Black culture and life out loud through the art of dance. Since then, students along with faculty from UNC Greensboro and NC State University have performed each year at Greensboro Project Space honoring Black History Month. Clarice became the inaugural recipient of the Doug Risner Professor of Dance Award in 2021, which supports her research documenting the movement style of choreographer Ronald K. Brown. Presently, Young serves as an Assistant Professor of Dance and the Director of Undergraduate Studies at UNC Greensboro.