Profile Type: Creative Business
Creative Business
The Davis Sisters, LLC

Joy and Alexander Davis, were mistaken for a married couple in 2015, and have been spending the last 4 years unsuccessfully trying to convince people that they are, in fact, related. Celebrated choreographers in their own right, The Davis Sisters represents the intersection of physical rigor, theatrical structure, dramaturgical research, and glamour that both artists respect in the other.  In 2017, Joy created a new duet work, premiered at the American Dance Festival Faculty Concert, in which they humorously and poignantly contemplated presence and our place in the universe. Following that performance and with grant support from The Boston Foundation, Alex was able to facilitate the creation of Ethel, a dance/theater duet exploring the golden age of the American musical, artistic relevance, and online dating. Alex and Joy werenamed 2018 Schonberg (Boston) Fellows at The Yard where they created their most recent evening length Dance Theater duet in collaboration with musician/composer Eric Mullis.

Joy Davis a dance artist and educator steeped in the practices of Countertechnique and improvisation. She began studying Countertechnique with founder Anouk van Dijk in 2005 and became one of 4 US Teachers in 2012. She teaches all over the US including the Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation, Lion's Jaw Dance + Performance Festival in Boston, and the American Dance Festival. Her initiative joyproject produces collaborative dance theater performance since 2006. She was a Chicago Dancemakers Forum Greenhouse Artist, Choreographic Resident at the Workspace for Choreographers, Choreographer's Lab Artist with New Dialect (Nashville), NeXt Choreographer for Urbanity Dance (Boston), and Special Edition Artist with The Theorists (Austin). She currently collaborates with Mountain Empire Dance Collective, School for Contemporary Dance and Thought, and Alexander Davis Dance. Joy and Alex (The Davis Sisters) were recently awarded a 2018 Schoenberg (Boston) Fellowship Residency at The Yard to develop and perform a new work in September. Joy received an MFA in Choreography and Performance from Smith College, and has since taught as visiting faculty at Smith College, Wesleyan University and Harvard University. Joy is an Associate Professor of dance at Boston Conservatory at Berklee. @joyproject

Alexander Davis is a graduate of Keene State College where they received a BA in English: Writing, and a BA in Theatre and Dance: Choreography and Performance.  Alex has worked, performed and presented with organizations across Boston including Ryan Landry's Gold Dust Orphans, Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Children's Chorus, World Music/CRASHarts and Improv Asylum/Laugh Boston. Alex is currently a company member with Urbanity Dance, where he is also the director of the their Summer Choreographer Intensive Program. As a choreographer and fiber artist Alex has received grant and residency support from The Studios at Mass MoCA, The Boston Foundation, Urbanity Dance, and The Theatre Offensive. Alex and collaborator Joy Davis (The Davis Sisters) were awarded a 2018 Schoenberg (Boston) Fellowship Residency at The Yard where the developed their latest evening length work Junk Drawer; Or the Utiltarian Archive of the Future.  Most recently Alex assisted Chreographer Monica Bill Barnes on Greta Gerwig's film adaptation of Little Women, set for release in December 2019. Alex is a passionate arts administrator, a published memoirist, a college professor, an exhibited fiber artist, a sexual consent educator, and an okay comedian. @AlexanderDavisDance


Additional Links: 
Bodies Of was choreographed by Joy Davis for The Davis Sisters, and presented by the American Dance Festival at the 2017 Faculty Concert in Durham, NC.
A collection of work by The Davis Sisters. Created in collaboration with Linden Tree Productions.

I Have Worked With

  • June 2020 to August 2020

    The Boston Center for the Arts produced The Davis Sisters Presents: Summer Sundays with the Sisters; A Virtual Variety Show. This three part digitally comissioned series featured artists from New England and beyond show casing their work in 45 minute episodes that were made available to the public for free.

  • January 2020

    The Davis Sisters were apart of the inaugural cohort of Artsist-in-Residence at Chelsea Theater Works in Chelsea, MA. 

  • January 2020

    The Davis Sisters were Run of the Mills Artists, and used the residency time to develop and premiere a new evening length work. 


  • Creative Business

Contact Information

First Name: 
Alexander & Joy
Job Title/Position: 
Co-Artistic Directors
Physical Address: 
149 Massachusetts Ave Apt 4
Boston, MA 02115-2648
Last Name: 
Parent Organization/Affiliation: 
Boston Dance Alliance


Profile Type: 
Creative Business
Primary Discipline: 
Dance - Modern / Contemporary
Additional Disciplines: 
Dance - Modern / Contemporary
Theater - Devised / Artist-Led
Theater - Improv
Year Founded: 
Populations Served: 
General Public
LGBTQ Populations
School Groups
Institution/Business Type: 
Performing Groups
Activities and Services: 
Performance / Concert / Reading
Public Art Projects (In Free, Public Spaces)
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
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Geographic Reach: 
Town / City
Multi-County Region
Multi-State Region

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
Boston Dance Alliance
Dance for PD
B.A. Keene State College
MFA Smith College
2018 Bessie Schonberg (Boston) Fellows

I am a Touring Artist

I am NEST eligible
Technical Requirements: 
12' x 12' of open space.
Fee Range Minimum: 
Fee Range Maximum: 
State of Residence: 
Minimum Number of Performers: 
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I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Afterschool Program
Arts and Cultural Center / Venue
Community Site / Center
Corporate Business
Healthcare Facility
Private Studio
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - Communications
Arts Integration - English Language / Literacy
Arts Integration - History and Social Science
Arts Integration - Physical Education
Ages Served: 
Elementary School-age
Middle School-age
High School-age
Certifications / Training: 
Dance for PD
Fee Range Minimum: 
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