FACILITATOR / TEACHING RESUMÉ

                               

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2015 - present

The Boston Conservatory at Berklee, Boston, MA

Assistant Professor in the Dance Division. Contemporary technique, Ballet technique, 

Introduction to Dance (theory and history), B.F.A. dance program.

2019 and 2015 

Providence College Dance Company, Providence, RI

Guest Teacher, for PCDC - Contemporary technique and choreographic workshop for dance minors 

2019 

Providence Dance Festival at AS220, Providence, RI

A co-taught workshop by HDC Dance Ensemble's Danielle Davidson and Orlando Hernandez,

A workshop that explores somatic-based floor work, and foundational elements from tap dance.

Through sensory observation and embodied consciousness, we will create sound-movement-scapes that express and connect us.

2017 

Festival Ballet Providence Summer Intensive

Guest Faculty. Contemporary technique, Composition Workshop, Seminar Talk,

Choreography created and set on dancers for performance at WATERFIRE Providence

2016 - 2017

MPHDance, Providence, RI

Classical ballet technique. Young adults open class.

2015 - present (guest teacher)

AS220 /Saturday Switch Series, Providence, RI

Classical ballet and modern technique. Adult drop-in classes.

Guest teacher for post-modern/contemporary Master Class Series for professional dancers.

 

2015- present (guest teacher)

Moving Target Series/Green Street Studios, Cambridge, MA

Guest teacher for post-modern/contemporary Master Class Series for professional dancers

 

2014

Jacqueline Walsh Performing Arts High School, Pawtucket, RI

Guest teacher for contemporary ballet technique. High school students aged 14-18

 

2013 - 2014

Ecole Superieure de Ballet du Quebec, Montreal, Quebec

Guest Teacher, Professional Dance School Summer Program

Secondary 3- Contemporary technique and choreographic workshop. Students aged 15-16

 

July 2014

Junior Ballet Ecole et Compagnie, Longueuil, Quebec

Guest Teacher, Professional Dance School Summer Program

Secondary 5- Contemporary technique and choreographic workshop. Students aged 17-18


2012-2014

The Academy of Dance and Fitness, Winchester, Ontario

Guest Teacher, Professional Dance School Program

Secondary 1- 5 Contemporary technique and choreographic workshop. Guest ballet examiner

Students aged 17-18.

 

December 2013

Ecole Superieure de Ballet du Quebec, Montreal, Quebec

Guest Teacher, Professional Dance School

Primary 6- Contemporary technique and choreographic workshop. Students aged 10-11

 

2012 - 2014

Danse Etude Karo-Forme, Ste-Julie, Quebec    

Contemporary Dance Teacher,  Dance-Study Program

Levels 1, 2 and 3  - Limon and Release Techniques. Choreographies to be presented in competitions and performances.

Competition Bravissimo and were rewarded with a score of 96% in the Semi-Professional Category.

Mention du Jury: Overall Excellence (Costumes, Music, Choreography, Performance) Students are ages 12-17

 

2011 - 2014

Studio de Danse 360 Degree, Mascouche, Quebec

Classical Ballet/Pointe Technique and Contemporary Dance Teacher

Cecchetti Method Classical Ballet,  Limon and Release Techniques.

Choreographies to be presented in competitions and performances. Students are ages 10-30

 

2005- 2011

New Dance, Montreal, Quebec

Contemporary Dance Teacher

Release Technique. Choreographies to be presented at bi-annual performances. Students 12-30

 

2002- 2005

Just Dance Mississauga, Mississauga, Ontario

Contemporary Dance Teacher

Limon Technique. Choreographies to be presented in competitions and performances. Students 12-19

 

2002- 2005

Taylor Dance Studios, Scarborough, Ontario

Classical Ballet/Contemporary/Jazz/Strength and Stretch/Private Lessons

Horton/Graham/Limon Contemporary Techniques, R.A.D. Ballet Technique/Pointe.

Choreographies to be presented in competitions and performances. Students are ages 10-adult

 

2002- 2005

Victoria Ballet Academy, Thornhill, Ontario

Modern Technique Teacher, Dance-Study Program

Choreographies to be presented at performances. Students are ages 9-18

FACILITATOR /EDUCATOR/TEACHING

 

BOSTON CONSERVATORY AT BERKLEE

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF DANCE

Danielle Davidson joined the Conservatory in 2015 and is an Assistant Professor of Dance specializing in ballet and contemporary technique. She teaches the core contemporary technique classes to the all the BFA Dance students during their Junior Year.

Teaching Statement

What I value is risk taking, curiosity, research, courage, and compassion. I believe in empowering students—increasing their agency to engage with the material for themselves, including the intent and interpretations in the practice, performativity, and execution.

Video demo from Junior Contemporary class

by Danielle Davidson 

The Boston Conservatory at Berklee

Thank you to the dancers who agreed to be filmed for this demo. 

Contemporary Class Description

Primarily the class, the language, the structure and the material itself is focused on phenomenology of movement, and intrinsic embodiment. The practices revolve around ideas of embodied consciousness; and the notion of optimal movement efficiency during such states of consciousness. We are exploring modalities that may optimize or enhance the conditions thought to bring about Flow state.  

It could be defined as a contemporary/post-modern release based technique class which will aim at developing a balance between force and freedom, a directed impulse, a clarity of intention and the release of weight in movement. We will approach challenging material and physicality using set exercises based on gravity, momentum and spirals. Emphasis will be placed on a tactile connection with the floor, the relationship between the body’s axis and space, and the equilibrium between muscular engagement, efficiency, and effort. Participants will explore new pleasures as they play with the forces of gravity, levity, momentum and inertia.

 

Ballet Class Description

Foster or build on your love of movement in this fun and energetic ballet class. This class will propose an advanced classical vocabulary, while prioritizing mental attention towards intrinsic embodiment. In real time we play with recognizing their ideas of Self and individuality as well as the body's capacity for mobility, stillness and all the places in between. Focus will be on coordinating the physical language with the thinking mind. 

 

We will begin at the barre, slowly with meditative movements that prioritize accuracy, clarity and precision, while the center floor exercises will focus on simplicity, efficiency and travelling through space attuning to the spaces vibrations as well as the other bodies in movement around us.  This class will offer opportunities to play with ideas around vocabulary like ''technique'' as well concepts of embodied consciousness.
 

© Danielle Davidson, 2020

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