Emma Davis graduated summa cum laude from the University of Michigan Rackham School of Graduate Studies with a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies and a concentration in American Theatre. Davis is a Lecturer with University of Michigan-Flint, where she teaches dance technique in tap, jazz, modern, hip hop, introduction to dance and performance studies.
Davis has six years experience in community dance education, performance and choreography. Her work is primarily site-specific, drawing on inspiration and research from personal experiences, historical, architectural and socio/economical aspects of the place. Davis recently directed the Riverbank Park Dance Project, a community-based, on-site performance that shared stories and history of Flint's Riverbank Park through music, theatre and dance.
Davis performs as a back-up dancer for singer Tunde Olaniran since 2011, performing in New York City, Chicago, and throughout the Midwest. She teaches dance outreach programs at Flint Institute of Music for seniors, adults with different abilities and women in residential treatment and their children. Davis works with underserved youth of all ages during the school day as a Program Facilitator at Shop Floor Theatre Company and is a teaching artist for the Buckham/GVRC Fine Arts Project, where she developed a gender-based dance syllabus for at-risk females in juvenile detention.
Davis has received grants and awards for her work, including the Engaged Pedagogy Initiative Fellowship, King-Chavez-Parks Future Faculty Fellowship, Arts of Citizenship Graduate Student Grant in Public Scholarship, Share Art Flint and New Leaders grant program of the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.