Karen Clemente is a Professor of Dance and the co-director of the Dance Program at Ursinus College. She is the former co-director of the Feet First Dance Center in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania and the former chair of the Dance and Theater Department of Eastern University. Dr. Clemente has worked with the Pennsylvania State Department of Education in the development of dance curriculum guidelines and academic standards for arts education. Currently, she is a board member of the Pennsylvania Dance Education Organization, serving on the Social Justice Committee. 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, 1930’s-40’s era jazz and tap dance artists of the Paramount Theater in New York City. She earned both her Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Dance Education from Temple University. She was 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.
Ed.D. Dance Education, Temple University
M.Ed., Dance Education, Temple University
B.A., Communication Arts and Literature from Grove City College