LGBTQ Heroes: Michael Clark - a rule-breaking dancer who continues to inspire

The gay man who became a dance sensation.

LGBTQ Heroes: Michael Clark - a rule-breaking dancer who continues to inspire

Michael Clark is a Scottish dancer and choreographer.

Early life

Born in 1962 in Aberdeen, Clark began traditional Scottish dancing at the age of four.

In 1975 he left home to study at the Royal Ballet School in London.

Career

In 1979 Clark joined Ballet Rambert, working primarily with Richard Alston.

He was quickly recognised as one of his generation’s leading dancers.

Relatively early in his career, he began choreographing his own work.

Clark was a prominent force in London’s art scene – collaborating in fashion, music, and design projects.

Recognition

Clark was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2014 Birthday Honours for services to dance.

In 2020, a retrospective exhibition – Michael Clark: Cosmic Dancer – was presented at the Barbican in London.