Tanya Wideman-Davis

Dance Theatre of Harlem (1993-1998, 2000-2002)
Joffrey Ballet (1990-2000)*
Complexions Contemporary Ballet (1998-2001)
Cleveland San Jose Ballet: Guest (1999)
Donald Byrd: The Group: Guest (2000)
Dance Galaxy: Fugate/Bahiri Ballet NY (2000-2001)
Alonzo King LINES Ballet (2002-2004)
Spectrum Dance Theater (2004-2005)
Ballet Memphis: Guest (2006)
Quorum Ballet: Guest (2008-2009)

Photo via Duke University, uncredited.
Tanya Wideman-Davis studied at the Dance Theatre of Harlem School, Pacific Northwest Ballet School, The Ailey School, The Joffrey Ballet School, Ruth Page Center for the Arts, The Academy of Movement and Music, and Chicago City Ballet.
Wideman-Davis has performed extensively with numerous professional companies. Her career began at the Dance Theatre of Harlem in 1993, where she remained until 1998 and rejoined in 2000 as a principal dancer. With the Dance Theatre of Harlem, Wideman-Daivs performed in the original DTH casts of George Balanchine’s The Prodigal Son (1995) and Robert Garland’s Crossing Over (1997) and New Bach (2001). Other companies include the Joffrey Ballet (1990-2000)*, Complexions Contemporary Ballet (1998-2001), Dance Galaxy: Fugate/Bahiri Ballet NY (2000-2001), Alonzo King LINES Ballet (2002-2004), and Spectrum Dance Theater (2004-2005). Her guest performances include those with Cleveland San Jose Ballet (1999), Donald Byrd: The Group (2000), Ballet Memphis (2006), and Quorum Ballet (2008-2009).
Though she continues to perform, Wideman-Daivs received her MFA from Hollins University/ADF in 2012 and has entered into an academic and teaching career. She has been an instructor at Auburn University, Allen University, Center of Creative Arts, Goucher College, Milwaukee Ballet, Mississippi School of the Arts, National Ballet Dominicana, Spectrum Dance Theater, Steps on Broadway, University of Iowa, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and University of Wisconsin Peck School of the Arts.
Wideman-Davis has worked on the following research projects: The queering of a life of dance and HIV/AIDS (2011), Female Relationships: The Gender Gap in Dance (2012), and Dance Theatre of Harlem: Radical Black Female Bodies (2014).
Dance Europe magazine named Wideman-Davis the “Best Female Dancer of 2001-2002.”

As well as teaching at the University of South Carolina, she is now the co-artistic director (alongside partner Thaddeus Davis) of Wideman/Davis Dance, which was founded in 2003. Together they have choreographed Past-Carry-Forward for Dance Theatre of Harlem. The company has a “deep commitment to revealing social and political issues thru [sic] an African American perspective.”

*Note that sources may be erroneous in these dates as it is more likely that Wideman-Davis danced with Joffrey during her hiatus from DTH, from 1998 to 2000.

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