JOY DAVIS is a dance artist and educator. Originally from Nashville, Joy spent the last fifteen years between her beloved Tennessee, Chicago, Amsterdam, and New England creating, performing, and studying contemporary dance and improvisation.
Joy continues to study the Countertechnique with originator, Anouk van Dijk, Artistic Director of Chunky Move in Australia, since initially training with her at the American Dance Festival in 2005. In 2012, Joy was certified to teach Countertechnique as one four American instructors teaching classes and workshops in North America. She has the pleasure of teaching at Velocity Dance Center in Seattle, Moving Target in Boston, New Dialect in Nashville, Mocean Dance in Halifax, and Gibney Dance in NYC, amongst many others. In 2017, Joy joined the teaching faculty of the American Dance Festival, Miami Spring Dance Intensive, Fact/SF Dance Lab, and Lion's Jaw Performance + Dance Festival.
Joy has performed works by Chris Aiken (MA), Jen Polins (MA), Shaina Cantino (MA), Delfos Danza (Mexico), Sarah Gamblin (TX), Kathleen Hermesdorf (SF), Katie Martin (MA), Kate Seethaler (Philly), Alexander Davis (Boston), Heather Stewart (Boston/Montreal) and Erica Mott (Chicago).
Through her initiative, joyproject, Joy co-produced seven evening-length works in site-structured locations since 2006. She progressed her choreographic work while a Chicago Dancemakers Forum (CDF) Greenhouse Artist, as a choreographic resident at Sandra Hirth’s Workspace for Choreographers in Virginia, and was commissioned alongside Meg Anderson to create performance parties at the Asbury House in Evanston, IL. Her solo work has been presented by The San Diego Dance Theatre, the H-O-T series at Mascher in Philadelphia, Mountain Empire Performance Collective in Northampton and Philadelphia, Company Rose in Nashville, Dance Innovators in Performance in Seattle, HUT Series at the School for Contemporary Dance and Thought, and Fact/SF Summer Dance Festival.
As a guest choreographer, she created group works for the dance departments at the University of Tennessee (Knoxville), Lindenwood University (St. Louis, MO), and Scottsdale Community College (Phoenix, AZ). New works for Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and Baran Dance, Charlotte are forthcoming in 2019. She created a work for New Dialect, which premiered at Monthaven Arts & Cultural Center, Nashville, in May 2017; using this work as a springboard for further inquiry, she created a duet with Alexander Davis, which premiered at the American Dance Festival Faculty Concert in July 2017. Joy recently premiered a new work for Boston’s Urbanity Dance Company: NeXT Choreographer's concert in March 2018.
Joy was in residence at The Yard with collaborator Alexander Davis (The Davis Sisters) as a Schonberg [Boston] Fellow for a Creation Residency and performance in September. The Davis Sisters’ Ethel!, a comedic dance play about Ethel Merman, disco, and the quest for love, premiered at the Dance Complex in October 2018.
Joy holds a BA in Performing Arts through the College Scholars Program at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She served as interim Artistic Director of Circle Modern Dance, founded by Mark Lamb (NYC), was on dance faculty at the University of Tennessee Dance Department, and co-founded the Birdhouse Gallery in Knoxville during her time in TN. In 2010, Joy completed vinyasa yoga teacher training at yogaview in Chicago. In 2015, She received an MFA in Choreography and Performance from Smith College Department of Dance in Northampton, MA; as a Graduate Teaching Fellow, she taught Countertechnique and Yoga for Dancers to undergraduate students in the Five College Dance Department, and was advised by Angie Hauser, Daphne Lowell, and Lenard Berkman on her thesis, "Dramaturgy for the Unknown." Joy was Graduate Assistant for undergraduate Dance Composition with Angie Hauser and for Dance & Culture with Daphne Lowell (Hampshire College). She also studied with Chris Aiken, Rodger Blum, Jennifer Nugent, and Jim Coleman.
Joy has since taught as Visiting Lecturer at Smith College, Visiting Assistant Professor at Wesleyan University, Guest Teaching Artist at Arizona State University, and Visiting Lecturer at Harvard University. She currently lives in Boston and is an Associate Professor of Dance at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee.