JOY DAVIS is a performing artist and teacher. 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 study the Countertechnique with originator, Anouk van Dijk current 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 classes/workshops at Velocity Dance Center in Seattle, Moving Target in Boston, Conduit and Bodyvox in Portland, New Dialect in Nashville, Mocean Dance in Halifax, and Gibney Dance in NYC, amongst others.
Joy has performed works by Chris Aiken (MA) , Shaina Cantino (MA), Delfos Danza (Mexico), Kathleen Hermesdorf (SF), Katie Martin (MA), Barbie Diewald (NYC/MA) and Erica Mott (Chicago).
Under the moniker joy davis project, Joy has independently and co-produced seven evening-length works in site-structured locations since 2006. She progressed her choreographic inquiry 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, and HUT at the School for Contemporary Dance and Thought. As a guest artist, she has created group works for the dance departments at the University of Tennessee (Knoxville), Lindenwood University (St. Louis, MO), and Scottsdale Community College (Phoenix, AZ).
Joy holds a BA in Performing Arts through the College Scholars Program at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She served as 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. In 2010, Joy completed vinyasa yoga teacher training at yogaview in Chicago. After teaching yoga classes in Chicago, Nashville, at Smith College and UMass Amherst, she currently offers yoga classes for individual practitioners. 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 beside Angie Hauser and for Dance & Culture with Daphne Lowell (Hampshire College). She also studied with Chris Aiken, Rodger Blum, Jennifer Nugent, and Candice Salyers. Upon graduation, she taught as visiting faculty at Smith College and Wesleyan University.
Joy was honored to teach and perform at Velocity Dance Center's international Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation (SFDI), to teach for Banning Bouldin's New Dialect Summer Intensive as well as Charles Slender-White's Fact/ SF Dance Lab in the summer of 2015. That year, she also joined Jen Polins at the School for Contemporary Dance and Thought (SCDT) in Northampton, MA as a co-moderator for the RIFF Talk series. Together, they brought together renowned dancer/author/editors Nancy Stark Smith, Wendy Perron, Andrea Olsen, Wendy Woodson, Peter Pleyer, and Aretha Aoki for SCDT's RIFF Talk _03, entitled Writing from the Body. RIFF Talks _04 performance and discussions were centered around Chaos, including special guests Steve Paxton, Lisa Nelson, Danny Leipkoff, Body Cartography, and K.J. Holmes.
Joy currently lives in Boston and is creating new works for New Dialect in Nashville and SCDT in Northampton. She is honored to join Dance Division faculty at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee and to be teaching at Harvard University for the Spring semester 2017. This summer, Joy will return to the American Dance Festival to teach Countertechnique.