Dancer . Choreographer . Teacher . Collaborator


Dance is my language and the lens through which I see the world. The creative process is what keeps me alive and kicking.


Current Work:

Founder & Director, Basin Arts
Artistic Director, Basin Dance Collective
Dance Faculty, University of Louisiana Lafayette



MFA, Dance, Tisch School of the Arts, NYU
BA, Mass Communication, LSU


Awards & Affiliations:

Member SDC
Member Dance/USA
2017 ABC ICON Rising Star Award
2016 ArtSpark Recipient

Clare Cook is a dancer, choreographer, teacher, and community collaborator with a deep commitment to dance and the power of the arts to effect change. After a decade of working in NYC, Cook returned to Lafayette, La in 2016 inspired to invest her time and talent in her hometown's burgeoning arts community. She is the Founder and Director of Basin Arts, a collaborative arts space in Downtown Lafayette as well as the Artistic Director of Basin Dance Collective, the professional dance company in residence at Basin Arts.  

In 2010, she began Clare Cook Dance Theater as a vehicle to create and produce original, collaborative dance theater productions. Through CCDT and as a freelance choreographer she has presented work at the New York Musical Theatre Festival, DanceNOW Festival at Joe’s Pub, HERE Arts Center, Cortland Repertory Theater, Fringe NYC, Triskelion Arts, Opera Slavica, NYU, The New School for Drama and Columbia University. She was the choreographer for the First National Tour of Bullets Over Broadway, re-setting Susan Stroman’s Tony-Nominated choreography and traveled to Bulgaria with the Drama League of NYC to work with the Sofia Puppet Theatre of Bulgaria. As a performer, Cook has worked with ChristinaNoel & The Creature, Yin Yue Dance, colectivodoszeta/Carlos A. Cruz Velazquez, Yoo & Dancers, expandance, Christopher Williams, Ivy Baldwin, Kay Cummings, Jim Martin, and Raw Delivery/Carrie J. Brown,  She has performed across NYC at Dance Theater Workshop, St. Mark's Church, Joyce Soho, La Mama, Duo Theater, Webster Hall, Bushwick Starr, John Ryan Theater, and The Tank, among other venues.

Clare has been on faculty at LSU and NYU Tisch Dance, worked as Education Director for the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, was a teaching artist for the Metropolitan Opera Guild and currently teaches Modern Dance at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette.  Since moving to Lafayette in 2016, she has presented work with the Acadiana Center for the Arts, worked with the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra, collaborated with Runaway Dish, and has been commissioned by the University of Louisiana-Lafayette to create multiple new works for State of La Danse and ArTech Fusion. 

Her early dance training was at DeLarue Dance Centre in Lafayette, then at Louisiana State University under the direction of Molly Buchmann, the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and The Ailey School in NYC. Clare holds an MFA in Dance from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and is a member of The Stage Directors and Choreographers Society professional union.



Choreography Credits



Parade, Acadiana Symphony Orchestra at the Heymann Center
Parade (developmental workshop), University of Louisiana's State of La Danse
Ripe Figs Won’t Keep, STIR at Acadiana Center for the Arts
Surface (developmental workshop), Basin Arts



Fragments, University of Louisiana's State of La Danse
Touching Loss, Acadiana Center for the Arts
Stravinsky’s Firebird, Acadiana Symphony Orchestra at the Heymann Center
Touching Loss (workshop), Triskelion Arts' Split Bill Series
Under My Skin, DanceNow Festival: Joe’s Pub
Show Me Real, The New York Musical Theatre Festival, PTC Performance Space



Finding Neverland (Dance Assistant to Mia Michaels), NETworks Productions, Dir. Diane Paulus
Footloose the Musical, Cortland Repertory Theater, Dir. Mark Reynolds
American Musical Showcase, Sofia Puppet Theatre of Bulgaria/Drama League of NYC, Dir. Shelley Butler
Bullets Over Broadway National Tour , NETworks Productions, Dir. Jeff Whiting
Bullets Over Broadway SDC Observer, Lab Presentation, Dir. Susan Stroman
Mother Jones and the Children’s Crusade, NYMF 2014, Dir. Michelle Tattenbaum
Happiness 1.0, Samuel French Festival, Dir. Pirronne Yousefzadeh
Jack Perry is Alive and Dating, NYMF 2011, Dir. Pirronne Yousefzadeh
The Money Show, HERE Arts Center, Dir. Pirronne Yousefzadeh
Hatter (workshop), NYU-GMTWP, Dir. Rob Heller
King of Ghosts, Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Dir. Josh Sauermann
Graveyard Shift (Assistant Chor.) NYC Fringe, Dir. Ren Casey
Wagon Wheel **Best Choreography Award**, Planet Connections Festival, Dir. Rob Heller
Dizzy (workshop), NYU-GMTWP, Dir. Rob Heller
POP! (workshop) NYU-GMTWP, Dir. Rob Heller
Cheer Wars (workshop) NYU-GMTWP, Dir. Ryan Mekenian



Dancing with Aurora Borealis, Acadiana Center for the Arts, Dir. Clare Cook
By the Way, Meet Vera Stark, LSU Swine Palace Theatre, Dir. Pirronne Yousefzadeh
What Happened to Bill Viola?, Ars Nova & Berkshire Fringe Fest, Dir. Pirronne Yousefzadeh
A Document in Madness, Theatre Han, Dir. Mason Beggs
Walkabout Yeohla, Columbia Stages, Dir. Kon Yi
4:48 Psychosis, New School for Drama, Dir. Mason Beggs
Rain Machine, KafkaFest – Columbia University, Dir. Kon Yi
Big Love, Columbia Stages, Dir. Pirronne Yousefzadeh



Eugene Onegin, Opera Slavica at the JCC Manhattan, Dir. Kara-Lynn Vaeni
Rusalka, Opera Slavica at the Bohemian National Hall, Dir. Kara-Lynn Vaeni