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Crystal U. Davis

Associate Professor of Dance Performance and Scholarship and Head of Dance Performance and Scholarship

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Crystal U. Davis is a dancer, educator, movement analyst and critical race theorist with twelve years of experience teaching in P-12 education and 7 years supervising dance educators. Her work has been published in the Journal of Dance Education, Palgrave Handbook of Race and the Arts in Education, and in her book, “Dance and Belonging: Implicit Bias and Inclusion in Dance Education.” As an artist, her performances span from Rajasthani folk dance to dance forms of the African diaspora to postmodern choreography examining incongruities between what we say, what we believe, and what we do. She is an associate professor of dance performance and scholarship and head of dance performance and scholarship at the University of Maryland, College Park, where she teaches anti-racist pedagogy for dance and theater, modern technique, somatics and movement analysis.

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