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Clifton Brown

Ballet

Clifton Keefer Brown was born and raised in Chicago, where he began his dance studies at Ellis-Du Boulay ballet school. He received his BFA in dance from the University of Iowa under the guidance of Francois Martinique and his MFA from the University of Arizona under the guidance of James Clouser and Melissa Lowe. Mr. Brown’s professional career has been with Ballet Arizona and Grand Rapids Ballet. While in Grand Rapids, Clifton presented various classical and neoclassical works while teaching for the company school, local studios, and with Steps in a New Direction, a dance outreach program designed to engage at-risk children. He has performed with The Los Angeles Chamber Ballet, and pursued a European career performing with DjazzX Modern Dance Company in Den Hagg, Holland and Friedrichstad Palast in Berlin, Germany. In 1997, as a principal dancer, he joined L’Ensemble Da Micha Van Hoecke in Rosignano, Italy. In 2008, he was invited by the American Studies Association of Turkey as a guest artist to perform and present a lecture on the African American Influence on Classical Ballet. Brown was an adjudicator for the American College Dance Festival in 2013. From 2004 to 2015, he has produced works that have been performed in Civitavecchia and Tolfa, Italy main theaters. Brown was an Associate Professor at Western Kentucky University from 2005 to 2016 and was the Advisor of Higher Education and Professional Schools for BellaMoxi Dance Convention. Further, Brown recently performed a solo work at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Edinburgh, Scotland in 2015