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FAU’s Clarence Brooks Wins Randolph A. Frank Prize for the Performing Arts

BOCA RATON (June 1, 2010) – Clarence Brooks, director of dance and assistant professor in the department of theatre and dance in FAU’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, was recently awarded the t he  Randolph A. Frank Prize for the Performing Arts. Brooks was one of three recipients of the prize, which recognizes commitment, dedication and inspired work in the performing arts in Palm Beach County. Brooks received the award because of the innovative programs he has established at FAU over the last four years. He received a crystal trophy and a cash prize.

Brooks has been a dance instructor, performer and choreographer in Palm Beach County for 12 years and associated with FAU for six years. During his time at FAU, he brought the Florida Dance Education Association annual conference and the nationally-recognized Bill Evans Dance Company to the university.

 Brooks’ performing career began in 1980.  He has been associated with companies as widely diverse in style as Ballet Oklahoma; Laura Dean Musicians and Dancers; Nikolais/Murray Louis Dance; and the Charleston Ballet Theatre.  His work as a dance instructor and choreographer began in the early 1980s with various academic institutions and companies, including the Spectrum Dance Theater in Seattle Washington, Columbia College in South Carolina and the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, to name a few. Upon Brooks’ return to South Florida in 1998, Brooks was a ballet, modern and jazz dance instructor for three separate grade levels at Bak Middle School of the Arts. While with Bak, Brooks’ efforts in making the schoolyard a safe space for children, specifically boys who were stereotyped for pursuing dance and then subsequently bullied, resulted in the Palm Beach County's school district harassment and discrimination policy being one of the most inclusive in the state.

For more information about FAU’s dance program, call 561-297-0266.           

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