Larika Clark

Larika Clark

Assistant Principal–Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
Performing Arts Department Chair
Dance Director


I was born and raised in Long Beach, California, and have dedicated my life to helping students improve their dance technique and performance qualities. I received my Master's Degree in Physical Education from Arizona State University in 2011, my Bachelor's Degree in Dance and Theater from California State University, Long Beach in 2006, and a Master's of Science in Educational Administration along with an Administrative Services Credential from California State University, Fullerton in May 2020.

I have over 20 years of dance experience. I spent several years working as a professional dancer in the entertainment industry. I enjoyed choreographing concert tours for artists like Destiny's Child, Usher, Brittney Spears, and Brandy. I also have extensive experience teaching children of all ages and am regularly a guest Master Instructor and Choreographer at High Schools in Los Angeles County and the state of Arizona.

I have been teaching dance at the high school level for 12 years. My experience includes choreographing, directing productions, choreography for dance team competitions, and teaching the fundamentals of Dance in a variety of styles (Jazz, Modern, Hip Hop, Ballet, Contemporary, African). This year, I will be adding cultural dances into the curriculum and will focus on celebrating diversity through the art of dance.

As my teaching career progressed I wanted to find ways to help all students which led me to move into Administration. As the Assistant Principal of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, I will strive to build and sustain a diverse and equitable community for all students. It is my goal to expose students, faculty, and staff to a wide range of ideas, experiences, and cultures. Together, we will examine and challenge preconceptions, and explore different ways of thinking. It is important to enhance the learning experience and reflect the school's educational mission of providing students with an individualized education for the 21st-century student.


 

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