Crystal U. Davis
crystaludavis@gmail.com · PHONE 252-314-3711
Education
Certified Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analyst, Integrated Movement Studies, July 2010

Masters in Performance Studies, New York University, May 2004

Master of Fine Arts in Dance, Texas Woman's University, May 2003

Bachelors in Religious Studies (Minor in Dance), Emory University, May 2000

High School Diploma, North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, June 1996


Professional Experience

2006-present / Movement Artistry Project / New York, NY

Owner-Founder of creative arts solutions company

2014-present/Georgetown Day School/Washington, D.C.

Dance and Drama Teacher

2011-2014/ I.S.M.E.T.A. / Holyoke, MA

Board Member and Registered Somatic Movement Therapist

2010-2014 / Pingree School / South Hamilton, MA

Dance Program Director

2004-2005 / New York City Parks and Recreation / New York, NY

Dance, fitness, and education consultant specializing in teaching and tutoring all ages and populations.

2005-2007 / The Dalton School / New York, NY

Dance teacher teaching African, Hip-Hop, and Modern to Middle School and High School; interim high school registrar

2004 / Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company / New York, NY

Teaching Artist teaching dance classes in New York City Public Schools artist residencies

2004-2005 / New York City Parks and Recreation / New York, NY

Dance, yoga, and fitness instructor for adults and children 4-12 years of age; choreograph and direct afterschool theater and dance productions

2004 / Asphalt Green / New York, NY

Designed and taught dance and yoga classes for children 3-12 years old in summer camp

June 2004 / Lost Arts Dance Company / New York, NY

Performer and assistant in lecture/demonstration at Greenhouse in Litchfield, CT

2003 / Nayikas Dance Theater Company / New York, NY

Performer, rehearsal director, and production assistant in Odissi Classical Indian Dance and theater company

October 2003 / Treehouse Shakers Dance & Theatre Collective / New York, NY

Performed as guest artist in their “Animal Rhythms” show for children

July 2003 / East Coast Artist Workshop / New York, NY

Served as production assistant, teaching assistant, and stage manager for the workshop

April 2003 / Dance for the Planet / Dallas, TX

Created activity theme and taught movement activities based on that theme

2001-2003 / Texas Woman’s University Dance Department / Denton, TX

Guest teacher in all levels of modern technique class, Introduction to Dance as an Art Form, Understanding the Arts as Dance, World Dance Forms and Teacher of Record in Pilates Conditioning class

2001-2003 / Texas Woman’s University Dance Department / Denton, TX

Manager of recruitment for Texas Woman’s University’s dance program including: organizing, directing, and supervising graduate and undergraduate auditions, maintaining correspondence with the university’s Office of Admissions and prospective students, revising recruitment material and administrative organization to increase enrollment numbers, and advising and querying new freshman and transfer students to improve retention numbers

2001-2003 / Texas Woman’s University / Denton, TX

Guest lecture/demonstrator of Indian Classical Dance Forms in university classes relating to cultural diversity

2002-2003 / Elite Fitness / Denton, TX

Teach a Power Yoga class that integrates Yoga postures and breathing techniques and Pilates mat exercises into a conditioning class

Fall 2002 / Senior Citizens Community Performer  / Irving, TX

Perform Indian Classical Dance at Senior Citizens Homes as part of community entertainment activities

July 2002 / City of Rocky Mount Parks and Recreation / Rocky Mount, NC

Taught Modern, Ballet, Jazz, African, and Indian Classical Dance to youth ages 6-14.  Choreographed a final student showing.

August 2002 / Down East Partnership for Children Childhood Movement Specialist / Rocky Mount, NC

Facilitated movement activities for children 3-5 years of age that focused on learning body parts, geometric shapes (circles, squares, etc.) and spatial directions (up, down, over, under, etc.)

August 2002 / Metropolitan Baptist Church Yoga Instructor / Rocky Mount, NC

Taught an adult yoga class that incorporated postures, breathing techniques, meditation, and yogic philosophy

Summer 1999 / YMCA / Rocky Mount, NC

Responsible for coaching pre-teen girls in dance-related aspects of gymnastic training including floor routines, balance beam, and conditioning

1998-1999 / Emory University Dance Program / Atlanta, GA

Administrative Assistant a research area for students to research local dance events, studios, companies, classes, and other university dance programs across the country

Answered inquiries about local events and the dance program at Emory University

Summer 1997 / North Carolina School of the Arts / Winston-Salem, NC

Resident Counselor responsible for the safety, social engagement, and general well-being of fourteen teen-aged girls living on my dorm floor

Performance Experience

Repertory Concert. North Carolina School of the Arts-Summer Session; Winston-Salem, NC, Summer 1995.

Emory Dance Company; Atlanta, GA, Fall 1996/1997/1998, Spring 1999/2000.

Ghoomer. A 10-minute traditional Rajasthani folk dance choreographed by Kusum Kuchhwaha; Mehrenghar Fort – Jodhpur, India, December 1999.

Teratali. An 8-minute Rajasthani folk dance developed in a rural village choreographed by Kusum Kuchhwaha; Mehrenghar Fort – Jodhpur, India, December 1999.

How We Find Comfort. An 11-minute Modern dance work choreographed by Lisa Niedermeyer. Texas Woman’s University, November 2000; American College Dance Festival, March 9, 2000.

Bushwackers. A Modern dance work based on African American step dance choreographed by Kim Tapp. Fall, 2000-Fall, 2001.

Thirty. A 14-minute Modern dance work choreographed by Nicole Wesley. Texas Woman’s University, April 13-14, 2000.

A Wrinkle in the Seat Beside Me. A 3-minute excerpt from a 9-minute piece choreographed by Michael Foley. October 11, 2001.

Beat. A 3-minute excerpt from a 10-minute piece choreographed by Mark Dendy. Fall, 2001-Spring, 2002.

Teather. A 12-minute work choreographed by Jennifer Keller. Fall, 2001-Spring 2002.

Nuvul Banni. A Rajasthani Folk Dance  of India choreographed by Kusum Kuchhwaha. Fall, 2001-Spring, 2003.

The Loudest Silence. A 9-minute piece choreographed by Stephanie Beauchamp in collaboration with visual artist Christopher Nitsche as a commentary on the events of September 11th. Fall, 2001.

Alarippu. An introductory invocatory Bharatanatyam dance piece choreographed by Alpana Jacob, Spring 2001-present.

Illumination. A 6-minute piece choreographed by Lesley Snelson-Figueroa, Spring 2002-Fall 2002.

Whatchatalkinboutwillis. A 3-minute piece inspired by African-American Step Dance and choreographed by Kim Tapp, Spring 2002.

Jathiswaram. A pure dance item from Bharatanatyam choreographed by Alpana Jacob that explores rhythmic patterns within the body, June 2002-present.

Son of Monkey Bird. A work choreographed by Karrine Keithley that displays a strange alien community of dancers, November 2002.

Just Inside the Doll House. A work choreographed by Tiffany Brunner that is based on an alternate dimension of time and space within a doll house setting, December 2002.

Gotta Go Bye. An 8-minute work choreographed by Scott Davis based on the cultural phenomenon of the cellular phone, Spring 2003.

Miss Mockery Goes to Court. A 6-minute work choreographed by Nicole Wesley, October 2002-April 2003.

Ku Ku. A 12-minute West African piece choreographed by Julie Dosso, March 29, 2003.

Somatic Ritual. A collaborative 30-minute theatrical and dance performance of 7 students facilitated by Deidre Sklar based on student experiences of religion and movement.

Tillana. A 7-minute Bharatanatyam item choreographed by Alpana Jacob that combines expressive dance in honor of Hindu god Krisna and pure dance, Spring 2003.

La La’s Land. A self-choreographed 7-minute modern dance piece that explores the female ability or inability to control how her sexuality is viewed within society. Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Adrienne Theater, September 7-9, 2003.

Nothing Comes Easy. An 11-minute piece choreographed by Rebecca Patek to music composed by Louise Dierker. Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Adrienne Theater, September 7-9, 2003.

Animal Rhythms. A 15-minute collaboration between actors who narrate the story of an African tale for children choreographed by Emilly Bunning. DeBaun Theatre, Hoboken, NJ, October 25, 2003.

Faces of a Name. A contemporary piece choreographed by Myna Mukherjee that combines Odissi Classical Indian dance with Modern to  narrate the Hindu story of the mythical woman Chithra / Chithrangita. Baruch Performing Arts Center, New York, NY, January 27 – February 9, 2004.

Hatch and Sniff. A 7-minute structured improvisation choreographed by Stephanie Beauchamp, SWEAT, Hoboken, NJ, June 20, 2004.

Gede. A 5-minute piece in celebration of the Hatian oresha, Gede. Embora Movement and Wellness Center, Brooklyn, NY, October 31, 2005.

Modified Fruit. A self-choreographed 6-minute solo exploring the relationship between African Americans and money both past and present, Brooklyn Information and Culture, Brooklyn, NY, March 2006.

Povos das Montanhas. A 10-minute piece exploring the relationship of Brazilians of African decent to Africa, NuDance Festival, Riverside Church, New York, NY, December 7, 2006.

Crazy for Feeling. A 10-minute work expressing a collective of women’s responses to being called crazy. DUMBO Arts Festival, Brooklyn, NY, September 28 – 30, 2007.

Hearsay. A work directed by Amanda Selwyn and choreographed in collaboration with all company dancers, Dance New Amsterdam, New York, NY, June 2-8, 2008.

Reflections on Mirrors. A solo work examining the relationship of the soul to mirror images, Dance New Amsterdam, New York, NY, April 18, 2009.

Krishna Devotional. A solo Odissi work chorographed by Jayashree Mohavatra, Boston Commons, Boston, MA, September 18, 2011.

Malian Dance Work. A group piece choreographed by Joh Camara, Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theater, Boston, MA, May 17, 2012.

Environmental Work. A group piece choreographed by Mark Dendy for the American Dance Festival Samuel J. Scripps Studio Grand Opening, Durham, NC, July 2, 2012.

 

Choreographic Experience

Meditations on Life. A 3-minute solo work depicting the personal reflections of a woman’s life,  March 19997, ACDFA Gala Performance at Huntingdon College.

Rat Race. A 7-minute work with 5 dancers on the theme of competition and its internal and external motivations, November, 2000, Texas Woman’s University.

It Always Gives Me Chills. A 5-minute duet on the theme of unhealthy human interactions and relationships, April, 2000, Texas Woman’s University.

Private Intrusion. A 9-minute work with 4 dancers on the theme o f the bodily orifices, November, 2001, Texas Woman’s University; April, 2003, Dance for the Planet, Dallas, TX.

Chrysalis. A 7-minute work set on 3 dancers on the theme of shedding emotional baggage throughout the course of one’s life, April 2002, Texas Woman’s University.

Bouncin’ Back. A 7-minute work with three dancers that explores the use of weight in rebound in order to communicate a social resilience to negativity, December 2002, Texas Woman’s University; April 2003, Denton Arts and Jazz Festival, Denton, TX.

La La’s Land. A 5-minute solo choreographed to music by Cassandra Wilson, May 2003, Texas Woman’s University.

Modified Fruit. A self-choreographed 6-minute solo exploring the relationship between African Americans and money both past and present, Brooklyn Information and Culture, Brooklyn, NY, March 2006.

Crazy for Feeling. A 10-minute work expressing a collective of women's responses to being called crazy. Brooklyn Information and Culture, Brooklyn, NY, March 2007.

THE (beginning of the End.) A 90-minute mixed-media performance through Gussie Mae Productions melding theater, dance, installation art, and poetry telling the story of an enslaved woman living during the Civil War who uses conjure to divine the future of the country. Fort Greene Park, Brooklyn, NY, July 2007.

Reflections on Mirrors. A solo-work examining the relationship of the soul to mirror images, Dance New Amsterdam, New York, NY April 18, 2009.

Winter Walk. A duet examining the development of performance process and charac ter withing choreographic structure, Pingree School Mary Weld Theater, South Hamilton, MA, January 2011.

Courtly Conviction. A group piece exploring partnering within courtly dance structures and paradigms, Pingree School Mary Weld Theater, South Hamilton, MA, November 9, 2012.

Instruction in Dance

Ballet

Bobbi Collins Dance Studio; Beginning – Advanced; Rocky Mount, NC; 1981-1994

Sheri Latham; Intermediate & Advanced; Emory University; Spring Semesters of 1997/1998/1999

Byron Suber; Advanced; American Dance Festival – Duke University; June-July 1998

Jacqueline Villamill; Intermediate; American Dance Festival – Duke University; June-July 1998

Glenda Norcross; Advanced; Texas Woman’s University; Fall 2000-Spring 2002

Stephanie Milling-Robins; Advanced; Texas Woman’s University; Spring 2003

Modern

Sally Radell; Intermediate; Emory University; Fall 1996

Betty Evans; Advanced; American Dance Festival – Duke University; June 1998

Donald McKayle; Advanced; American Dance Festival – Duke University; July 1998

Jawole Zollar & Company; Advanced; Urban Bush Women Summer Institute at Florida State University; July-August 1998

Anna Leo; Advanced; Emory University; Spring1997; Fall 1997; Fall 1998

Lakey Evans; Advanced; American Dance Festival – Duke University; June-July 1999

Lori Teague; Advanced; Emory University; Spring 2000

Mary Williford-Shade; Intermediate-Advanced; Texas Woman’s University; Fall 2000, Fall 2002

J Hammons; Intermediate-Advanced; Texas Woman’s University, Spring 2001

Stephanie Beauchamp; Intermediate-Advanced; Texas Woman’s University, Fall 2001, Spring 2002

Sarah Gamblin; Advanced; Texas Woman’s University, Spring 2003

Jazz

Bobbi Collins Dance Studio; Rocky Mount, NC; 1981-1994

Jeffrey Bullock; Advanced; American Dance Festival – Duke University; June-July 1998

Karen Safrit; Advanced; Emory University; Spring 2000

African

Kwami Ross; Beginning; Urban Bush Women Summer Institute at Florida State; July-August 1998

Sherone Price; Beginning; American Dance Festival – Duke University; June-July 1999

K. Osiris Wade; Intermediate; Texas Woman’s University; Spring 2001

Julie Dosso; Advanced; Texas Woman’s University; Spring 2003

Indian Dance Forms

Kusum Kuchwa; Beginning Rajasthani Folk Dance; Rajasthan, India/Emory University Study Abroad Program; November-December 1999

Sasikala Penumarthi; Beginning Kuchipudi Classical Indian Dance; Emory University; Spring 2000

Alpana Jacob; Beginning/Intermediate Bharatanatyam Classical Indian Dance; Carrolton, TX; Spring 2001-present.

Myna Mukherjee, Beginning/Intermediate Odissi Classical Indian Dance, New York, NY, Fall 2003.

Contact Improvisation

Edissa Weeks, J Hammons, Jennifer Keller

Somatics

Holly Stevenson (Alexander Technique), Mary Williford-Shade (Bartenieff Fundamentals), Sarah Gamblin (Somatic Theory)

Master Classes

Nichola Leichter, Rachel List, Giselle Mason, Melissa Young, Ronald K. Brown, Katherine Dunham, Dudley Williams, Donald Lunsford, African American Dance Ensemble, Assane Konte, Christopher Higgins, Eluza Santos, Eva Tessler, Juanita Suarez, Alexandra Bellar, Guru Sri Durga Charan Ranbir

Dance Workshops

American Dance Festival, Duke University, June-July 1998/1999

Urban Bush Women Summer Institute; July 1999

Texas Woman’s University Summer Workshop; Jennifer Keller; May 2001

Texas Woman’s University Summer Workshop; Karinne Keithley; May 2002

Composition/Choreography/Technical Applications

Anna Leo, Lori Teague, J Hammons, Penelope Hanstein, Mary Williford-Shade, Karinne Keithley, Deidre Sklar

AWARDS/GRANTS/PRESENTATIONS RECEIVED                                                                                                                            

ACDFA Finalist for self-choreographed and performed solo; Spring 1997.

American Dance Festival Scholarship Recipient; Duke University; Summer 1998/1999.

Friends of Dance Scholarship Recipient; March 1999.

Emory/UVA Study Abroad Participant; Rajasthan, India; Fall 1999.

Emory University Pioneer Award; May 2000.

Texas Woman’s University Dance Program Outstanding Service Award; 2001-2002 Academic Year.

Kitty McGee Honor Award for Outstanding Achievement; 2001-2001 academic year

Texas Woman’s University Travel Grant; Fall 2002.

Presented thesis work entitled, "Experiencing Arangetram: Spiritual and Aesthetic Encounters in Bharatanatyam." Creative Arts Symposium; Texas Woman's University; May 2003.

New York University elected student liaison; Fall 2003-Spring 2004.

Sunset Park Recreation Center Program Outstanding Teacher Award; June 2008.

Panel Presentation; "Becoming Visible: Race, Power and Identity in Ourselves and Our Students;" October 22, 2011.

Outreach Educator Campus Liaison; Harvard Divinity School "Ways of Knowing Conference;" October 26-27, 2012.

LANGUAGES                                                                                                                                                                                   

Spanish – Two Semesters; Emory University

Hindi – Two Semesters; Emory University Study Abroad Program – Rajasthan, India

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Board Member, International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association 2011-present

Women and Performance Student Volunteer 2003-2004

Congress on Research and Dance, 2000-2003

American Academy of Religion, 2000-2002

CERTIFICATIONS                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Registered Somatic Movement Educator/Therapist; March, 2012

Certified Laban-Bartenieff Movement Analyst; July, 2010

Power Pilates Certification; July, 2004

The Yoga Institute of Houston Certified Yoga Instructor; June 24, 2002

Beginning Laban Notation Certification; July 2002

Intermediate Laban Notation Certification; July 2002

REFERENCES                                                                                                                                                                                   

Letters of Reference Available from:

Peggy Hackney, UC-Berkeley, CA

Janice Meaden, Integrated Movement Studies

Dr. Penny Hanstein, Texas Woman's University Dance Department

Mary Williford-Shade, Texas Woman's University Dance Department Chair

Barbara Browning, New York University's Tisch School of the Arts Performance Studies Department

     
 
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