Jenefer M. Davies Professor of Dance/​Theater

Jenefer M. Davies

Jefferson Street Dance Studio


Director of the Dance Program

Artistic Director of the W&L Repertory Dance Company






M.F.A., Dance, The George Washington University 1996

M.A.L.S., Performance, Hollins University 2004

B.A., Theatre Arts, Hollins College 1991



My central area of teaching and scholarly expertise is modern dance composition including the use of technology in dance, text in movement and the exploration of the feminine aesthetic. I am teaching/exploring new ways to use video/computer technology and non-linear video software for use in composition class and to create authentic movement and exploring aerial dance forms, creating a technique for aerial rope & harness and integrating aerial into the University dance studio.




Danc 110 W&L Repertory Dance Company

Danc 120 Introduction to Contemporary Modern Dance

Danc 220 Contemporary Modern Dance Composition

Danc 225 Intermediate Contemporary Modern Dance

Danc 235 Head to Toe: Using Dance to Teach Traditional Curriculums*

Danc 230 Musical Theatre Dance

Danc 240 Contemporary Modern Dance History

Danc 260 Movement for Actors

Danc 2xx Arts Management

Danc 330 Experiential Anatomy

Danc 340 Contemporary Dance Observation and Analysis

Danc 390-01 Special Topics: Aerial Rope and Harness

Danc 390-02 Special Topics: Aerial Silks

Danc 390-03 Improvisation

Danc 403 Directed Individual Study


Selected Publications


"The Integration of Aerial Dance into an Academic Curriculum", NDA Journal

"Democracy and the Body: Aerial Dance in the University Classroom", ATINER, Athens, Greece

“The Feminine Aesthetic: Historical Truths and Contemporary Aspirations”  ICHPER-SD World Congress on Dance, Cairo, Egypt 

“Dance of Light and Shadow”  ICHPER-SD World Congress on Dance, Seoul, Korea 

"Dark and Light Matters: Dance and the Planetarium"  International
Planetarian Magazine, California, September 

 “Soapbox Races”, Political Dance Video, Washington DC May 

Contemporary Modern Compositions


Breathing Lessons 2013

Veil of Ignorance 2012

Violin Trio 2011

Tragedy of the Commons 2011 (collaboration with Antony Davies, Economist)

Leon 2011 (collaboration with Shane Lynch and the Chamber Singers)

Shall Wii Dance 2010

This Macaroni and Cheese Crayon Tastes Like Wax 2010

Water Study 2010 (in collaboration with Kevin Remington)

The Long Morrow 2009 (in collaboration with Christa Bowden)

Anagrammed 2009 (collaboration with ShaLeigh Comerford)

Plastic Organics 2008 (collaboration with PlasticMusic)

Cruel Beauty 2008

Veil of ignorance (winner/ACDFA gala) 2007

Blame Game 2007


Recent Musical/Play Choreography


Bye Bye Birdie (2012)

Assassins (2011)

Eurydice (2011)

Feeding on Mulberry Leaves (2011)

Chicago (2010)

The Secret Garden (2009)

Little Shop of Horrors (2008)

Kiss Me Kate (2007)

The Long Christmas Ride Home (2006)