Theater and Dance

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Karen Clemente

Karen Clemente is the co-director of the Dance Program at Ursinus College, joining the faculty in 2012. She previously founded and then directed the Eastern University Dance Program for twenty years.

Additionally, she is on the teaching staff at the Feet First Dance Center in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, where she was the co-director for over thirty years.

Dr. Clemente has worked with the Pennsylvania State Department of Education in the development of dance curriculum guidelines and academic standards for arts education.

Her research interests include K-post secondary dance education; kinesthetic learning across the curriculum; dance improvisation and autobiography; vintage jazz dance; dance and spirituality; and most recently, 1920’s-40’s era jazz and tap dance artists of the Paramount Theater in New York City.

She earned both a Master’s and Doctorate degree in Dance Education from Temple University and was the 2001 Eastern University recipient of the Lindback Award for Excellence in Teaching.

She is the 2009 Outstanding Dance Educator for Higher Education awarded by the National Dance Education Organization and a 2010 recipient of the Creative Hands and Voices Award by the Neighborhood Interfaith Movement in Philadelphia.


Theater and Dance


Ed.D. Dance Education, Temple University
M.Ed.,  Dance Education, Temple University
B.A., Communication Arts and Literature from Grove City College