Dance and Dance Education
First and foremost, Davenport is a prolific choreographer and modern dance performer, having created more than 40 new dances and performing two-three times each year since her arrival at HWS in 1990. But she is most known for her multi-faceted activity as a professional, demonstrating expertise as an editor, writer, concert adjudicator and dance critic, as well as an interdisciplinary educator; having worked closely, designing courses or programs, with professors in Education, Studio Art, Philosophy, and Writing and Rhetoric.
A sample of Davenport's classic variety of gigs over one year is the following detail of 2007: She performed in an outdoor music and dance revue, "Opera Cowpokes," in Cortland, NY, on June 17, 2007; then in a Master Artists Concert directed by Claire Porter at the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) Conference in Mobile, Alabama on June 24; then in "Bill Evan and Friends" at SUNY Brockport on August 11, performing "Inside the Box," a duet choreographed with Jeanne Schickler Compisi '96; then in The Rochester Contemporary Dance Collective's showcase of modern dance choreography on September 29, 2007, at the Bush Mango Drum and Dance Community Center in Rochester, NY.
While serving as Associate Dean of Faculty in the Provost's Office (2007-2010), Donna still danced, choreographed, and toured her work to local and regional venues. She reviewed textbooks for Routledge Books in London, manuscripts for the Journal of Dance Education, and was appointed a Teagle Scholar, which will further her work and interest in liberal arts curriculum, best pedagogical practices, and assessment of student learning.
Interview opportunities and additional background information may be requested through the Office of Communications, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, New York. Phone: (315) 781-3540. After business hours, Communications staff members are accessible through contact information on their answering machine at that number.
Donna Davenport has taught dance at Hobart and William Smith Colleges since 1990. She received her B.A. in psychology and her B.F.A. in dance at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, her M.Ed. and Ed.D. at Temple University, and pursued post-doctoral study in dance science, composition, and technique at the American Dance Festival for three summers. Prior to her tenure at the Colleges she taught modern dance, ballet, and jazz dance technique at Temple University.
Davenport has written for several journals, including Education, Journal of Dance Education (JODE), and Impulse. She has conducted conference workshops on interdisciplinary teaching and on composition at several conferences, and served for five years as Book Review Editor for JODE. She also sits on the JODE editorial board and served on the Board of Directors of the American College Dance Festival Association.
Davenport is currently serving as the Associate Dean of Faculty in the Provost's Office.