Crystal U. Davis is a movement artist, educator and researcher originally from North Carolina. Her work has been renowned by an eclectic community of adjudicators and audiences from Donald McKayle to Peggy Hackney to the royal family of Jodhpur, India. Ms. Davis earned her B.A. in Religious Studies with a minor in Dance from Emory University, her M.F.A. in dance from Texas Woman’s University, her Masters in Performance Studies from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and her Laban-Bartenieff Movement Analysis certification from Integrated Movement Studies.
Her academic research focuses on the relationship between religion, movement and how knowledge is constructed with a specialty in folk and classical dance forms of India, forms she has taught and performed internationally. Her creative work centers around social commentary on the incongruities present in our daily behaviors and belief systems. Currently Ms. Davis is Assistant Professor at Columbia College in South Carolina and continues expanding her work in an endeavor called the Movement Artistry Project (aka M.A.P.) a holistic educational organization that brings the movement arts to venues within the arts community and beyond.