Resume for Lori Clark
Lori Clark is a professional dancer/choreographer/teacher who has performed for many years, both locally and abroad and is also a published dance anthropologist. She has a Masters Degree in Dance from the American University in Washington, DC and is currently an adjunct professor of Indian dance at George Mason University. Lori is a regular performer in the corps de ballet for the Washington Opera.
Audiences of her Middle Eastern dances know her as "Yasmina". Lori has studied dance since childhod and began her exploration of Middle Eastern and Indian dance as a teenager. She completed her undergraduate studies in dance and language at the Adelphi University in New York.
To enhance her command of Kathak (North Indian Classical Dance), Lori travelled to India to study at the Sri Ram Bharatiya Kala Kendra under Guru Bansi Lal. She also studied Hindi at the Kendriya Hindi Sansthan. With fellow dance anthropologists Christel Stevens and Dr. Naima Prevots of American University, Clark conducted the study, "Images of Women in Indian Dance, Sacred and Profane", sponsored by The Smithsonian Institution Foreign Currency Program.
Lori interviewed actors such as Amitabh Bachchan for the study's portrait of film dances. Lori's Middle Eastern/belly dance career started in Washington, DC when she was a teenager. She has performed at many embassies and Middle Eastern venues in the area.
While in India, she was a featured soloist of a presentation by the Egyptian National Folklore Troupe for a festival celebrating Egypt-India relations. Lori has performed solo for former First Lady Laura Bush, Prince Turki bin Faisal among other American and foreign dignitaries.
A student of flamenco for many years, Lori studied with Ana Martinez and Paco de Malaga, award-winning artists and recipients of Spain's La Cruz de Oficial de la Orden de Isabel la Catolica. She performed for Washington Performing Arts Society(WPAS) educational programs in local schools, served as a judge for various dance contests, and on local arts grant panels. Lori has toured extensively with renowned Afghan singer Noor Wodjouatt, performing Kathak to his classically styled ghazals. She has also choreographed for Imagination Stage in Bethesda, MD.
Lori is a soloist in Persian/American actress, Mary Apick's acclaimed play, "Beneath the Veil" about women in the Middle East, which has toured throughout North America, including at Lincoln Center in New York.
Most recently Lori performed in Afghan artist, Hamid Naweed's acclaimed film and play, "Temple of War".