Mickey Davidson

Dancer/Choreographer Mickey Davidson won an Audelco award for choreography of the 20th anniversary of “For Colored Girls Who Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf” directed by Ntozake Shange. She joined Dianne McIntyre’s groundbreaking “Sounds In Motion” in 1975 and danced with the company for eight years. She has worked closely with jazz artists Sun Ra, Cecil Taylor, the World Saxophone Quartet and was mentored by original Savoy Ballroom dancers Frankie Manning and Norma Miller. A beloved New York veteran of arts education, Ms. Davidson has an extensive background in African American dance styles, and held a joint appointment with the Dance Department and African-American Studies at Wesleyan University for 17 years. In addition to teaching with Jazz Power Initiative, she teaches at the Louis Armstrong Jazz Camp in New Orleans, The Gloster Arts Project, and is a passionate advocate for making cultural jazz dance traditions available to the next generation. Ms. Davidson was a contributing consultant on the Tracing Footsteps Journey into Jazz Dance: Let’s Swing curriculum project.