September 27th, 2021
In the Waves - Melissa McGill
Caroline Goddard for Tom Powel Imaging
That’s a wrap on In The Waves! Congratulations Melissa McGill on this incredible project! It was such a blast to work together!! A HUGE thank you and CONGRATS to all the Wave performers for all the dedication, memorable moments and beautiful performances!!!
And special thanks to the Curator Dodie Kazanjian, Dramaturgist / Producer Melanie George, and our Production team Philipp Bachmann, Melissa (Max) Conlon, and Tyler Paradis <3
Last but not least we are very grateful to the funders Art&Newport, Newport Restoration Fund, Van Beuren Charitable Foundation, Joyce and George Wein Foundation, and de Ramel Foundation for helping to bring this vision to life!
PLG Arts &
Stephen Petronio Commission
Photo by Richard Termine
PLG Arts presents Music and Dance at Parkside Plaza is an outdoor, block party-style event that celebrates the rich Caribbean heritage of Flatbush/ Prospect Park Lefferts Garden (PLG) and the growing community of local artists. The event will feature the music of composer composer and woodwind player Mike McGinnis alongside Dancehall and Reggae facilitated by D.J. Ayanna Heaven, and a site-specific performance of Finding Herstory and community dance led by Davalois Fearon.
Finding Herstory is a solo dance performance created and performed by Davalois Fearon. It is commissioned by the Stephen Petronio Company for the 2021 Bloodlines(future) Program, made possible, in part, by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with support from the Governor Hochul and New York State Legislature. It is inspired by Africanist forms such as reggae/dancehall that have contributed to the American dance landscape and shaped Fearon as an artist.
SEE THE FALL ON-DEMAND PROGRAM PERFORMANCES
Featuring short dance works by The Davis Sisters, Davalois Fearon, Paul Singh, Rourou Ye, Audrey MacLean, and The Bang Group.
Join us for the virtual viewing party on November 4th!
For $15.00, you’ll receive access to all the above works, or for $50.00 you can view the entire season, including the Winter and Spring On-Demand Programs and the in-person DN Family Reunion. Proceeds directly support the artists.
More info coming soon!
Introducing Careitha Davis
Photography by Luisanna Tejada
We are so grateful to have Careitha Davis on board as the Choreography Assistant for Dava’s upcoming work Finding Herstory!! Read more about Finding Herstory above, and read more about Careitha below:
Careitha Davis, a Brooklyn native with roots in Trinidad and Tobago, is a professional dancer, choreographer and educator. From an early age Careitha started training as a dancer in Modern, Jazz, Ballet and African while traveling as a young performer. Careitha attended SUNY Purchase College receiving a BA in Media, Society & the Arts and earned an MA in Dance Education K-12 Track from New York University where she practiced methods in instructing non-dancers and young learners as a practice for community building and creating art. She has performed the works of George Faison, Dianne McIntyre, Ronald K. Brown, Mouminatou Camara, Joya Powell/Movement of the People and Jemal Gaines. Careitha began teaching Soca at Cumbe: Center for African and Diaspora Dance in 2018 and established BodyRa Movement in 2020. Her teaching and choreographic philosophy for BodyRa Movement is for dancers to reach a level of freedom in their movement, building community through the rituals and traditions in Caribbean culture. In the year 2020 and 2021, BodyRa Movement has been granted the Downtown Brooklyn Rehearsal Residency Initiative and 2021 premiered ‘Trinidad Noir’, a choreographed piece highlighting the cultural traditions of Trinidad and Tobago, at Spoke The Hub: Local Produce Mini Festival.
Day of Music and Dance
10/17 at 2:00pm at Parkside Plaza
Dance Now Fall On-Demand Viewing Party
11/4 Virtual viewing party
DFD Turns Five - Anniversary Celebration
11/17 Details coming soon!
Opportunities & Resources:
NYU Tisch seeks applicants for the following positions:
Assistant Arts Professor, Dance, Non-Western Forms
Assistant Arts Professor, Dance African Diasporic Forms
Movement research is currently seeking applicant for the following internships:
[In-Person] Production Internship
[Virtual] Programs & Events Internship
[In-Person] Class Registrar Internship
More information here
Kennesaw State University is conducting two searches for a tenure-track Assistant Professor (ballet/modern technique) and an Assistant Professor (Histories of Dance/Theory) starting Fall 2022.
More information here.
Additional resources that may be helpful:
List of Arts Resources During the COVID-19 Outbreak
COVID-19 is still here
DFD, along with everyone else, has been affected by the coronavirus. We have been to pooling our resources together to stay afloat, and help the dance community and society. Here are some ways you can help!
Help DFD: Become a monthly Davalois Fearon Dance donor or make a one-time donation here.
Donate Blood: The New York Blood Center is still in urgent need of blood donations. You can learn more and sign up to donate here.
Get tested: Look up your local testing availability and get tested to help stop the spread!
NYC Antibody Testing
NYC Testing and Tracing
Reach out to us with other ways in which you are helping out your local community. We would love to hear what you are doing, to continue pooling these ideas and get as many people helping as possible!
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Davalois Fearon Dance's mission is to collaboratively create, perform, and teach a versatile body of work that draws from Artistic Director Davalois Fearon’s richly diverse movement vocabulary and cultivate the next generation of dance artists. Fearon is passionate about creating work that push both artistic and social boundaries.