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 & Staff

Terrell Davis :)

Founder/Artistic Director/Choreographer

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 awarded to full six week scholarships to the pretigious American Dance Festival. At WIU he trained with Candice Winters-March, Heidi Clemmons, and Denise Breakfield. Was award Outstanding Student Performer at the AMrican College Dance Association. 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 with the blessing of Founder Jeraldyne Blunden, and worked with the legendary artist Sherri "Sparkle" Williams. His journey then brought him to Denver to join Cleo Parker-Robinson Dance Ensemble (CPRD), where he danced for six years. He was a Principal 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 master 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, Lizanne McAdams-Graham and Robert Sher-Machherndl just to name a few. He also danced with Moraporvida Contemporary Dance Company with Jacob Mora. As a Royal Caribbean Dancer/Dance Captain it allowed him to dance and travel the world with one of the leading cruise lines with Royal Caribbean Productions. He appeared and was featured in the Starz on Demand "I like the Way You Move" Halloween commercial in 2010. He danced 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 academy, Academy of Colorado Ballet, the Academy of Classical Ballet, Manuel High School, Smoky Hill High School, Hannah Kahn’s Open Studio, Denver Dance Center, Danza Dance Academy, guest lectured at Colorado School of Mines, and many other dance schools in Denver. He currently teaches at Dance Kaleidoscope and is 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.

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, and Matilda. 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 (DSA). He was nominated for a Bobby G Award for Outstanding Achievement in Choreography for A Chorus Line at DSA. 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 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 in collaboration with Rocky Mountain PBS. Mr. Davis has also taught and his choreography was presented at the National High School Dance Festival at the University of Madison Wisconsin (Regional) and Point Park University (National). 

Recently, hes choreographed Wonderland: Alice’s Rock and Roll Adventure and Hurrican Diane at the Aurora Fox, The Fantasticks at Town Hall Arts Center, taught at the Snowy Range Dance Festival at the University of Wyoming, was a feature alumni Master Teacher at Cleo Parker Robinson's Summer Dance Institute for Legacy Week, and taught masterclasses at the Boulder Jazz Dance Workshop at CU Boulder. Institute Legacy Week, and taught master classes at the Boulder Jazz Dance Workshop.

Aubrey Klinger Fearns

Rehearsal/Ballet Director/Chorepgrapher

Aubrey Klinger Fearns (Rehearsal Director) 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 years at Point Park University graduating magna cum laude, earning her B.A. in dance performance. There she performed Myrta in Giselle, Rodeo and original works choreographed by Francis Patrelle, Jay Kirk, Nicholas Petrov, Ron Tassone, Melissa Barak, Erin Halloran, Peter Merz, and Andrew Blight. Currently a free-lance dancer, teacher, and choreographer, Aubrey has worked throughout the country in both concert and commercial dance. Her performance and choreography credits include; Principle Dancer with Davis Contemporary Dance Company, Jacob Mora: Exhibit M, Chicago Improve Group: Octavarious, Apex Contemporary Dance Theater, Renegade Performance Group (NYC), Carnival! Choreographer’s Ball, Dance Chance Chicago, The Dayton Arts Project, Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Welcome Yule!, and So You Think You Can Dance season 9. She also  performed with Opera Colorado in their production of Aida and in A Promise of Living. She  also started in the lyric video for Brazilian artist Paolo Meola's "Sweet Lie", and feature in Kaia Kena music video "It's Right."

Aubrey is currently a Resident Guest Artist teaching Ballet and Pre-Pointe at  Denver School of the Arts Classical and Contemporary Pro-Professional Dance Program.  She also, choreographs on DSA's Senior and Junior Dance Ensembles. She is proud to be in her 11th season with Davis Dance.

Rachael Harding

Resident Choreographer/
Master Teacher

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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Katie Jenkins

Artistic Director

Davis Dance Next Generation/ Company Dancer

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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Niki O'Brien

Social Media Mananger

Company Dancer

Niki O'Brien was born and raised in the small town of Scottsbluff, Nebraska where she began her dance training under the instruction of her mother, Jacque Hofmeister. She graduated from the University of Wyoming in 2013 with a BFA in Theatre and Dance with a concentration in dance performance. While at the University of Wyoming, Niki trained in ballet, modern, pointe and jazz dance techniques. During this time, she performed in the repertory of her instructors Lawrence Jackson, Jennifer Deckert, Margaret Wilson and Marsha Knight, as well as that of Bill T. Jones, Andre Megerdichian, Keith Saunders and Maurice Watson. Niki spent the summer of 2012 studying at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre where she furthered her knowledge of the Horton technique. Upon graduation, Niki moved to Denver to pursue a dance career and has since danced with the Moraporvida Contemporary Dance Company, the Avatar Movement Dance Company, the Nu World Contemporary Danse Theatre, and is currently in her fourth season with the Davis Contemporary Dance Company.  She is continuously grateful for the opportunities she's received to grow, explore and perform with the other company members of Davis Dance, and is thrilled to back for her ninth season. Niki is an instructor at Dual Star Academy of Dance, The Ballet Physique and CycleBar Southwest Plaza

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