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Our Mission

"Dance That Feeds Your Soul"

Davis Contemporary Dance Company (Davis Dance) has been formed for charitable purposes with the intent of furthering dance education, and the art of concert dance. Davis Dance is a multicultural, world-class arts organization, whose mission is to enrich the lives of many through the powerful language of dance. Rooted in the disciplines of Contemporary Jazz Dance, but not limited by one style. Davis Dance will touch any audience at its core and elevate it to greater heights.

 

Our mission is to bring a greater awareness of dance to many diverse audiences, especially those who've never been exposed to the beauty of dance. Davis Dance will always be accessible to all people, over looking all economic and social standings. We will continue to broaden people’s horizons to dance, by using live performances, master classes, children’s workshops, lecture demonstrations, and collaborations with other great artists.

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Our Artistic Team

Terrell Davis

Founder/Artistic Director

Mr Davis is also the Artistic Director for Denver School of the Arts Classical and Contemporary Pre-Professional Dance Program. He was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. He has a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in dance from Western Illinois University (WIU). His dance training began at Lincoln Park High school in Chicago with Efe McWorter. He was a full scholarship student at the Joseph Holmes Chicago Dance Theatre. At JHCDT he trained with Rodni Williams who introduced him to the Horton Technique. Mr. Davis was also a full scholarship student at the American Dance Festival, for two consecutive summers. At WIU he trained with Candice Winters-March, Heidi Clemmons, and Denise Breakfield. He also Co-Directed the Gwendolyn Brooks Cultural Center Dance Troupe with Keesha Jackson and was a member of the University Dance Theatre.


He got his professional start with the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, and worked with the legendary artist Sherri "Sparkle" Williams. His journey then brought him to Denver, where he danced with the Cleo Parker-Robinson Dance Ensemble, where he danced for six years. He was a principle dancer and also served as Assistant Rehearsal Director for the company. While at CPRD he danced many lead roles and also worked and trained with great teachers and choreographers such as Milton Myers, Donald Mckayle, David Rousseve, Nejla Yatkin, Christopher Huggins, Ronald K Brown, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Kevin Iega Jeff, Gary Abbott, Marceline Freeman, Randy Brooks, Susan Richardson, Miljenko V. Banovic, Jelon Vieira, Kris Kehl, and Robert Sher-Machherndl just to name a few. He also danced with Moraporvida Contemporary Dance Company. His work as a Royal Caribbean Dancer/Dance Captain allowed him to dance and travel the world. He appeared in the Starz on Demand "I like the Way You Move" Halloween commercial in 2010 and in Kaia Kena’s music video “It’s Right.” He also choreographed the lyric video for Brazilian artist Paolo Meola's "Sweet Lie.” 

 

Mr. Davis’ teaching experience has been at the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance School, Academy of Colorado Ballet, the Academy of Classical Ballet, Manuel High School, Smokey Hill High School, Hannah Kahn’s Open Studio, Denver Dance Center, Danza Dance Academy, and many other dance schools in Denver. He currently teaches at Dance Kaleidoscope and director of the Elite Dance Company. Internationally he has taught at the Professional Dance Studio in Novi Sad, Serbia. He has also been an international teacher and judge at the Novi Sad Dance Festival, in Novi Sad Serbia.

 

His musical theatre choreography credits are productions at Wolf Theatre Academy (WTA) of Beauty and the Beast, Seussical the Musical, West Side Story, Wizard of Oz, Les Miserable, Legally Blonde, Man of La Mancha, Annie Get Your Gun, Rent, Grease, Hello Dolly, My Fair Lady, Heathers. Mr. Davis has Co-Directed/Choreographed Thoroughly Modern Millie, Chicago, and Pippin with Reace Daniel at WTA, and choreographed Oklahoma for Golden High School. He has also Co-Directed and Choreographed Chicago at Denver School of the Arts. He worked with Steve Wilson and Billie McBride at Denver Children's Theatre choreographing Rumpelstiltskin, Androcles and the Lion, ArtDog, and The Jungle Book. He’s also choreographed Toxic Avenger for Breckenridge Backstage Theatre.

Terrell has worked with Ballet Wyoming choreographing Night Run, and Human: Skin Deep We’re all the Same in collaboration with Davis Dance. He also performed with Opera Colorado in their production of Aida and choreographed A Promise of Living for the Opera as well. He recently choreographed Wonderland: Alice’s Rock and Roll Adventure at the Aurora Fox, and taught at the Snowy Range Dance Festival at the University of Wyoming.

Aubrey Klinger Fearns

Rehearsal Director

Aubrey Klinger Fearns began her dance training under the tutelage of her grandmother, Nan Klinger, and performed with the Cuyahoga Valley Youth Ballet for ten seasons. Aubrey then spent three year at Point Park University, graduating magna cum laude, earning her B.A. in dance performance. Since graduation, she has worked throughout the country in both concert and commercial dance. Her performance and choreography credits include: Opera Colorado: Aida,OperaColorado:ThePromiseofLiving,WolfTheatreAcademy: LegallyBlonde,and Catch Me If You Can, Jacob Mora: Exhibit M, Chicago Improv Group: Octavarious, Thodos Dance Chicago, Apex Contemporary Dance Theater, Renegade Performance Group (NYC), Carnival! Choreographer’s Ball, Dance Chance Chicago, The Dayton Arts Project, Chicago Symphony Orchestra: Welcome Yule!, and So You Think You Can Dance Season 9.

Aubrey is currently Rehearsal Director and a principal dancer for Davis Contemporary Dance Company. In her ten seasons, she has danced in the premiere of more than 30 works choreographed by Terrell Davis, Rodni Williams, Rachael Ashley Harding, Christopher Page-Sanders, Miguel Perez, Lisa Engelken, and Lisa Wood. She has also taken on a leadership role within the company as costumer, choreographer, and helped create the youth company of Davis Dance Next Generation. Aubrey currently teaches and choreographs for Denver School of the Arts, Dance Kaleidoscope, Boulder Ballet (Pre-Professional Division), and guest teaches throughout the country.

Rachael Harding

Resident Choreographer

Rachael Harding has trained extensively in jazz, tap, modern, and ballet. She holds an MFA in dance from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a BFA in dance and a BS in Business Management from the University of Arizona. She was a member of the Denver-based company, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble and served as Assistant Rehearsal Director.

 

Rachael toured the United States as a solo dancer with winds quintet, Imani Winds, in “Josephine Baker: A Life of Le Jazz Hot.” In Denver, Rachael has performed in the productions Nixon in China, The Pearl Fishers, Rusalka and Josephine with Opera Colorado. She has worked with Colorado based professional dance companies; Davis Contemporary Dance, Moraporvida, Interweave Dance Theatre, Kim Robards and New Breed Dance Company. She has had the pleasure to perform at notable venues; Apollo Theatre, Joyce Theatre, Lincoln Center and Kennedy Center.


Rachael has been teaching dance for over twenty years to children and adults at the recreational, competitive and professional levels. She has taught master classes at Denver School of the Arts, Loughborough University (UK), University of Nevada Las Vegas, University of Arizona, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance School and at various dance studios throughout the Denver area. She taught and served as the Artistic Director for Denver Dance Starz for 19 years. She has set choreography professionally for Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Aspen Dance Connection and for Opera Colorado’s Rusalka, Aida and Josephine productions. Rachael is very excited to bring her passion for teaching young dancers to the Denver area with Miss Rachael’s Dance in its 5th season.

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Artistic Director

Davis Dance Next Generation

Katie Jenkins is a native of Kansas City and began her training at Graves Talent Company. She was a scholarship recipient at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center in New York City as well as the Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles. She started her professional career with the Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company out of Kansas City and has had the opportunity to work with world renowned choreographers such as Donald McKayle, David Parsons, Milton Myers, Kevin Iega Jeff, among others. Katie has been a member of the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, City Dance Ensemble in Washington DC, TILT Contemporary Dance Company in Maui, HI, Malashock Dance Company in San Diego, and spent four years with the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble here in Denver.

She has performed, taught, and choreographed for studios, universities, dance intensives, and dance festivals throughout the United States, as well as Canada, Bosnia, Croatia, Serbia, and Poland. Jenkins graduated on scholarship with a BFA in Dance from the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri—Kansas City and is thrilled to be joining the Davis Contemporary Dance Company family as Artistic Director of Davis Dance Next Generation as well as a member of Davis Dance Company!

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