UNCG Dance alumna chases a dream to the stage

Posted on April 03, 2023

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As an undergrad, Daria “Toni” Clarke ’21 set aside ambitions to be a dermatologist or veterinarian for her first love, dance. Upon graduation, she set her sights on the Garth Fagan Dance company, based in upstate New York. Her professor and mentor, Dr. Janet Lilly, had sent her a flier on tryouts.

“This is a modern dance company with African, Caribbean, ballet, and post-modern aesthetics!” Clarke explains.

When the Garth Fagan Dance called her to come audition for three days, she was elated. But it was a trial by fire. On the third day, founder Garth Fagan was on hand to make a decision. She was hired!

UNCG’s University Concert & Lecture Series will feature Garth Fagan Dance during the coming season. It’ll be Daria’s first time back since graduating.

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By Mike Harris ’93 MA
Photography by Steven Pisano

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