W&L’s Davies Receives National Dance Award Professor Davies received the National Dance Education Organization 2021 Outstanding Dance Education Researcher Award.
Jenefer Davies, professor of dance and theater at Washington and Lee University, has received the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) 2021 Outstanding Dance Education Researcher Award.
The NDEO website noted that the award “is presented to an individual who has shown excellence in creative or scholarly research and who has impacted the development of research throughout the field of dance education on the national level.”
Davies was recognized for her exemplary and innovative contributions to dance education, specifically for her work in creating an academic curriculum in aerial dance through experiential research and developing one of the first educational aerial dance programs in the country.
“W&L was instrumental in this research, and W&L students both contributed to and benefitted from my exploration into this new dance form,” said Davies.
There will be a special virtual event to celebrate the award winners in September 2021.
Davies joined W&L in 2006. In addition to her professorship, she is also director of the university’s dance program, artistic director of the W&L Repertory Dance Company and department head for the Theater, Dance and Film Studies Department at W&L.
The NDEO is an organization dedicated to advancing dance education centered in the arts. It identifies and acts in constructive and strategic ways to positively shape public, social and education policy about and for dance education.