Teachers at the Old Town School

Kim Davis

Dance

Kimberly Davis has over 20 years experience as a movement practitioner, dance instructor and dance administrator and has written the curricula for several dance studios in the Chicago area. She was invited by the New England for the Arts (NEFA) to participate in their presenter’s forum for the 2016 Chicago iteration of the Regional Dance Development Institute (RDDI). She continues to be involved in ongoing RDDI Chicago area events.

As Director of various dance departments, she has served as Artistic Director and Executive Producer of programs serving more than 1000 students weekly, multiple performance groups, pre-professional theatrical productions encompassing casts of more than 100 actors, and numerous special events. 

She has been teaching and choreographing all over the Chicago area for over 20 years and has shown her work in numerous arts festivals including a special invitation to perform in the Ela Arts Festival of Lake Zurich in 1999. Also in 1999, she was chosen to perform as part of one of the first American dance companies to present work in the Prague International Dance Festival held in and around the Czech Republic. She has performed with Prairie Spirits Dance Theater and Valerie Alpert Dance Company (VADCO). 

She has trained in modern, ballet, jazz, and hip hop at several studios in the Chicago area including Lou Conte Dance Studio, Joel Hall Dance Center, and at the College of Lake County. She also has trained through Balanced Body®, the New York City Dance Alliance, and Dupree Dance. A former University of Iowa Cheerleader, she was chosen by Universal Cheerleaders Association to become an instructor and toured the Midwest teaching cheerleading camps to elementary, high school, and collegiate squads. 

She begins studies towards her Doctor of Education in Leadership and Innovation at Arizona State University in 2021 and she completed coursework and comprehensive exams towards a Doctorate of Philosophy from The Pennsylvania State University. She also holds a Master of Science from the University of Illinois and a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia College of Missouri and is studying for Pilates certification through Balanced Body®.

Currently, she is the Senior Director of Education at the Old Town School of Folk Music, the largest community arts school in the United States, and she also works as a mentor to emerging artists in the dance field.

Education: B.A. - Columbia College of Missouri
M.S. - University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Started at the Old Town School in April of 2014

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