Dance Teacher Faculty Bio | Edgar Clausse | Steps on Broadway Faculty – Steps on Broadway
Edgar Clausse

Mr. Clausse was born in Santa Clara, Cuba where he started his formal training at the Vocational School of the Arts as a classical dancer. At 13 years old, Mr. Clausse was relocated to continue his studies at the Elementary School of Ballet, "Alejo Carpentier" (Havana, Cuba). He graduated with honors at 18 years old from the National School of Ballet (Havana, Cuba). At the age of 19, Mr. Clausse started his professional career as a classical ballet dancer, performing as a soloist for Camagüey Ballet (Camagüey, Cuba). At his 21st birthday, Mr. Clausse made another move, relocating himself after signing a contract as a principal dancer with Central Ballet Theatre (Guayaquil, Ecuador).

At 24, Mr. Clausse obtained his tourist visa to be part of the birth of his daughter. This event is what inspired him to audition for Maximum Dance Ballet Gamonet (Miami, Florida) and sign his first contract in the United States of America. After 3 amazing years, Mr. Clausse wanted a change and moved to NYC to audition for and later sign a contract with the world renowned Complexions Contemporary Ballet; adding another outstanding six years to his career. After feeling the need for change once more, Mr. Clausse had the opportunity to audition for and sign a contract with a Philadelphia audience favorite, BalletX, for two years.

Throughout his dance career, Mr. Clausse had the pleasure of working with and studying under great coaches, dancers, choreographers, musicians and photographers, including: Mathew Neenan, Nicolo Fonte, Trey McIntyre, Annabel Lopez Ochoa, Jorma Elo, Kevin O'Day, Adam Hugland, Dwight Rhoden, Jae Man Joo, Maurice Causey, Mark Godden, William Soleau, Jerry Opdenaker, Norbert De La CruzIII, Spencer Gaving Hering, Andrea Dawn Shelley, Fernando Alonso, Alberto Mendez, Oswaldo Beiro, Eddy Borges, Ryu Goto and James Houston, among others.

Mr. Clausse participated in and achieved Best Male Partner at the International Academy Ballet Competition (Havana, Cuba), a Silver Medal and Special Mention for Interpretation at the Contemporary Dance Competition for his work, "Solo Para Duos" (Holguin, Cuba), and in 2008 for his first creation, he was honored to win Best Choreography at World Ballet Competition (Orlando, Florida). In 2012, Mr. Clausse was invited to present the world premiere of "Nessun Luogo" at the All-Stars of Dance Gala(Orlando, Florida), which was his first opportunity to collaborate with fellow Complexions Contemporary Ballet member, Christina Dooling. He has also created works for Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida, Baton Rouge Ballet, Complexions Contemporary Ballet (summer intensives), University of Missouri-Kansas City, and Williams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company (Kansas City, MO). Libby Hanssen referred to Mr. Clausse as "magical and visionary" in her review of Clausse's work, "Tohubohu" for The Kansas City Start. Currently, Mr. Clausse is continuing his career as a freelance dancer & choreographer.