About Denise Clarke
Denise Britz-Clarke brings a vast amount of knowledge and experience to the students of Miller Street. Her training began in her native country of South Africa where she studied Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) and Cecchetti examinations in ballet. Denise is also well versed in tap, modern, Spanish and classical Greek.
Her dance career included featured roles in ballet and modern companies as well as roles in musicals in South Africa, Europe and touring companies to the Far East. During her career she continued training in the Vaganova method of ballet. Her career included classes with Rudolph Nureyev, Galina Somsova, Gillian Lynee, Andre Prokovski, Maryanne Lane Matt Mattox and numerous others in London and Paris. In South Africa she owned and operated her own dance studio where she provided instruction in all disciplines of dance. Denise has performed and choreographed for cabarets, cruise liners, musicals, beauty pageants, fashion shows, operas, pantomimes and corporate functions in all parts of the world. Prior positions included choreographer for “Magic Life der Club” an Austrian-based chain with hotels in Turkey, Greece, Spain, Egypt, Tunisia and Bulgaria. Her job required her to design costumes, sets and lighting design for shows in 21 different hotels.
Ms. Denise is now sharing her first love – BALLET – with the dancers at Miller Street and she enjoys teaching and sharing her love of dance with all of her students. She smiles brightly when she speaks of her greatest achievements to date: her 2 children, Matthew a playwright living in London and Sarah-Jane who also danced but is now doing what she loves best— training and working with horses in South Africa. She is also a very proud grandmother (Bushka!) to Dylan and mother in law to Cedric. She shares her interesting life as well as her knowledge of dance with the children of Miller Street and is greatly loved and respected as an important member of the studio!