Thaddeus Davis

Thaddeus Davis was born in Montgomery, AL. He is the co-artistic director of Wideman/Davis Dance and is currently on faculty as an assistant professor at The University of South Carolina.

He began his dance studies with The Montgomery Civic Ballet, Carver Creative Performing Arts Center, and the Alabama Dance Theatre. Following high school he studied and danced with Barbara Sullivan’s Atlanta Dance Theatre and Dyann Robinson’s Tuskegee Cultural Arts Center. Davis has trained with many of the premier schools in the country including: Dance Theater of Harlem, Boston Ballet, David Howard Dance Center, Steps on Broadway, Atlanta Dance, Tuskegee Cultural Arts Center, Alabama Dance Theater. Davis earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Butler University in 1993 and his Master of Fine Arts from Hollins University/ADF in 2011.

Davis has received multiple honors and grants for his work including: 2013 Map Fund Grant to support the research and development of their current project Ruptured Silence: Racist Signs and Symbol, Jerome Robins New Essential Works Grant (2011), University of South Carolina Arts Institute, Interdisciplinary Collaboration: Reading/Dance Collaboration. Balance: Homelessness Project (2009), Canvas: The Master Class (2010), Cultural Envoy to Portugal, U.S. State Department (2007), Highlight of the Arts Season, Commercial Appeal, Memphis (2006), Winner of The New American Talent Choreographers Competition, Ballet Austin (2005), Choo San Goh Award for Choreography (2004), Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” (2002), Best Premiere of the Season, Dance Europe, Once Before, Twice After (2002-03), New York Times Top ten dance Highlight of the season, Once Before, Twice After (2002) calling it “reassuring evidence of New York dance’s promising future.” Butler University, 50 under 50 (2004).

Davis’ professional performance experience includes work with the following companies: Donald Byrd/The Group (1998-2002), Creative Assistant to Donald Byrd (2000-02), Dance Theater of Harlem (1994-98), Complexions Contemporary Ballet (1995-2005), Fugate/Bahiri Ballet NY Dance Galaxy (2000-02), Indianapolis Ballet (1991-93), Fukuoka City Ballet (1995), and Atlanta Dance Theater (1988).

Davis has taught as a visiting professor at the University of Iowa (2008) and for the following professional dance companies and programs: Alley II (2012), Boston Ballet (2011), Dance Theater of Harlem (2011), Ballet Quorum, Portugal (2007), Northwest Professional Dance Project (2005-2007), COCA (2005-2007), Ballet Austin (2004-06), Ballet Classical Dominican, Dominican Republic (2004-2006), Spectrum Dance Theater (2005), Steps on Broadway (2003-2004). In addition, Davis has taught as a guest artist at the following Universities and dance centers: North Carolina School of the Arts (2012), Florida State University (2012), Webster University (2011), Long Island University (2011), Mary Mount Manhattan (2011), University of Kansas City Missouri (2011), Goucher College (2007), Auburn University (2006), Alvin Ailey/Fordham University (2005), Butler University (2005), Arizona State University (2004), The Julliard School (2003).

Davis and Tanya Wideman began Wideman/Davis Dance in 2003 and continue to create work together to date. They have collaborated in the creation of the following works: past-carry-forward, CANE (in collaboration with Thomas DeFrantz/SLIPPAGE), Etta and James, Balance, Voypas, Bosket Affair, Bends of Life, Based on Images, Fragmentation and Rock and My Soul. In addition, they have created numerous works for the University of South Carolina Dance Company, Ballet Memphis, Phrenic New Ballet, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Fugate/Bahiri Ballet NY, The Juilliard School, Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, Reflections Dance Company, and Nevada Ballet. Community engagement is an essential component to the work, research, and integrity of Wideman/Davis Dance. Bends of Life (2006-2008) toured through the public school system of the impoverished “Black Belt Region” of Alabama; sponsored by The Alabama State Council on the Arts and in Cincinnati, OH, Durham, NC, and Austin, TX sponsored by The National Performance Network. Eau Claire High School in Columbia, SC hosted The Recession and its Affect on Teenagers residency in 2010. Wideman/Davis Dance has taught movement classes at the Family Shelter of Columbia SC (2009) and performed multiple lecture demonstrations at the Calhoun School (2005-2010). Most recently Wideman-Davis has co-choreographed past-carry-forward for the new Dance Theatre of Harlem with Davis and dramaturg by Dr. Thomas F. DeFrantz. past-carry-forward is a work referencing the Harlem Renaissance and its futuristic possibilities.

Davis continues to perform, research, choreograph, collaborate, and teach. His current research explores the intersections of gender, class, race, and technology thru an African American lens. His research unfolds thru the creation of original dance, dance theater and writing, including: Voypas: Observation, Surveillance, Voyeurism (2011), A Dissembled Life (2011), Commitment to Change, Dance Theatre of Harlem: Modernism, History, Culture (2011), Balance (2009) and Bosket Affair (2008).

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