Davalois Fearon is a critically acclaimed dancer, teacher, and choreographer born on the island of Jamaica and raised in The Bronx, New York. She is the founder and Artistic Director of Davalois Fearon Dance. Her choreography has been presented throughout New York City, including by the Joyce Theater, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Manhattan Movement and Arts Center, Dance Enthusiast’s “Moving Caribbean in NYC,” the Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, E-Moves 17 dance series, and the Inception to Exhibition Dance Festival, as well as in Berkeley (CA), Portland (OR), Tampa (FL), and Kingston, Jamaica. Fearon has collaborated with internationally renowned poet Patricia Smith, multi-reedist Mike McGinnis, fashion photographer Nigel HoSang, and interdisciplinary artists Andre Zachery and Deborah Castillo.
She has received awards for the creation of new work from the Bronx Council on the Arts (BCA) and Groundworks Hudson Valley, and was commissioned by Harlem Stage to create “Water, Thirst, and Storm” as part of the E-Moves 17 dance series. She is a member of the Joyce Theater's Young Leaders Circle Artist Committee; a two-time recipient of the Advanced Opportunity Fellowship from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee (UWM) and the BCA Bronx Recognizes Its Own fellowship and Arts Fund grant; and have received the Dance Award from MuKha Arts & Science Foundation in Stockholm for “Consider Water,” about global water issues. Fearon was awarded arts administration and professional development support from Pentacle as participant in a pioneering capacity-building research effort focusing on the impact of administrative support “bundles” for small dance companies Brooklyn Academy of Music’s 2017 DanceMotion USA Professional Development Follow-on Program. She has been featured in The New York Times, The Village Voice and The New Yorker, to name a few. Her dancing has given her such recognition as one of the best performances by Dance Magazine, most memorable performances by Charmaine Warren, and a Bessie Awards nomination as a performer in “Platform 2016: the skeleton architecture, or the future of our world's” curated by Eva Yaa Asantewaa at Danspace.
Since 2005 Fearon performed performed and taught around the world with the Stephen Petronio Company, and at times staged company repertory. Fearon created and implemented a education program for the Stephen Petronio Company, taught as an adjunct professor in the Long Island University Brooklyn Dance Program and has been a guest professor at Princeton University Program in Dance, Purchase College Conservatory of Dance, and Hillsborough Community College Dance Program. She has also performed with Daniel Ezralow, Forces of Nature, Ballet Noir, Darrell Robinson, and Ballet International Africans. She holds an MFA from the UWM and a BFA from the Purchase College Conservatory of Dance.
I am passionate about creating work that increases awareness about social and environmental issues that appeals to a wide range of audiences. To this end, my choreography explores topics related to the environment, race, gender, and sexuality, as well as abstract, movement-driven ideas. I translate words, images, emotions, and situations into my unique movement vocabulary, which is rooted in my Jamaican immigrant background and her childhood in the Bronx as in her master’s level academic training and professional contemporary/postmodern dance background. My collaborations with multimedia artists help me take audiences on audio-visually thought-provoking journeys through the world’s most pressing issues.