Clare Croft is currently working on a book project focusing on US State Department sponsorship of international dance tours as a form of cultural diplomacy. She uses oral history techniques, performance analysis, and archival research to explore individual dancers' experiences on tours during the Cold War era and in the decade since 9/11. The project centers on interviews conducted with dancers who traveled on the tours. By seeing dancers as political and social agents, rather than only embodied tools for choreographers or government funders, the book examines dance and American national identity as collective practices forged from dancers' diverse and complex identity positions.
Clare recently received her Ph.D. from the Performance as Public Practice program in the University of Texas-Austin's Department of Theatre and Dance. Her academic writing on dance has been published in Theatre Journal and Theatre Topics. Clare's Theatre Journal article, "Ballet Nations," received the American Society of Theatre Research's 2010 Sally Banes Publication Prize for the best publication at the intersection of dance and theatre studies. In 2007, Clare received the Society of Dance History Scholars Selma Jeanne Cohen Award for Outstanding Graduate Research for her paper, "Photographs and Dancing Bodies: Alvin Ailey's 1967 US State Department Sponsored Tour of Africa."
Clare is also an active dance dramaturg and dance critic. Her dance writing has been published in The Washington Post, the Austin American Statesman, Dance Magazine, The Baltimore Sun, and the Houston Chronicle, among other newspapers and magazines. In 2003, Clare received the Emerging Dance Writer of the Year award from the Dance Critics Association. Clare comes to dance scholarship and dance writing from a background as a dancer. She worked as a dancer in Washington, DC, primarily with Crossroads Dance Company.