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Davis Dance Next Generation

Davis Contemporary Dance Company’s passion for continuing dance education and improving the lives of young artists plays a key part in our educational programs. Davis Dance has a pre-professional training company, Davis Dance Next Generation (DDNG) that makes this possible. Our training company talented young artists was built from an extensive audition process that brought together students from many diverse home lives, economic backgrounds, and dance levels. Davis Dance Next Generation is a flagship program which takes aspiring young dancers from all over the Denver metro area and provides some of the best and most well rounded professional level training offered in the city. The program also offers a seamless segway into apprenticeships with the professional company.

DDNG is made up of dancers from Denver, Greenwood Village, Aurora, Parker, Castlerock, and Littleton, The diversity in young artist is what makes it so special. These dancers train directly with the main company in Ballet; Modern, Jazz, and Contemporary dance techniques. With professional level training our dancers benefit from some of the best dance training in Colorado.

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Artistic Director

Davis Dance Next Generation

Katie Jenkins is a native of Kansas City and began her training at Graves Talent Company. She was a scholarship recipient at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center in New York City as well as the Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles. She started her professional career with the Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company out of Kansas City and has had the opportunity to work with world renowned choreographers such as Donald McKayle, David Parsons, Milton Myers, Kevin Iega Jeff, among others. Katie has been a member of the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, City Dance Ensemble in Washington DC, TILT Contemporary Dance Company in Maui, HI, Malashock Dance Company in San Diego, and spent four years with the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble here in Denver.

She has performed, taught, and choreographed for studios, universities, dance intensives, and dance festivals throughout the United States, as well as Canada, Bosnia, Croatia, Serbia, and Poland. Jenkins graduated on scholarship with a BFA in Dance from the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri—Kansas City and is thrilled to be joining the Davis Contemporary Dance Company family as Artistic Director of Davis Dance Next Generation as well as a member of Davis Dance!

Brooke Stark
DDNG Coordinator/Honorary Mom

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Past Performances and Companies 

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