Believer that all bodies can dance, Marcy Jo Yonkey-Clayton is dedicated to promoting access to the art of dance through joyful, mindful human expression and connectivity. With a compassionate tone, Marcy positions herself as a facilitator who constructs dance experiences bred from authentic collaboration among participants- those who consider themselves to be "dancers" and those who may not- in order to expand artistic possibilities and audience engagement. Her current work as a contemporary choreographer is provocative and conceptual supporting social justice themes in process and performance.
Native of western PA, Marcy studied dance since the age of two in competitive studio dance, gymnastics and cheer while ensuring a perfect grade point average. Marcy graduated summa cum laude from Slippery Rock University as a member of the Honors Program with a BA in Dance and a minor in Philosophy, and she graduated top honor at Texas Woman’s University where she attended on scholarship. She joined the dance faculty at Columbia College in 2008, was awarded tenure in 2015, and was named Dean of Arts and Humanities in 2018.
Currently, Marcy serves on the Boards of the American College Dance Association (2nd term), the SC Dance Organization, and the Power Company Collaborative while remaining enthusiastic as an educator, artist, and leader at Columbia College SC.
Awards & Accomplishments
- Marcy Jo Yonkey-Clayton has been highlighted as a featured performer in TEDx Columbia, commissioned at the Columbia Museum of Art, was named the South Carolina Arts Commission Fellow in Dance Choreography in 2012 and Top 50 artists of 50 years of the Sout