As part of Dyane Harvey-Salaam’s fall 2022 dance course, “The American Experience and Dance Practices of the African Diaspora,” guest artist Mickey Davidson gives a lecture/workshop on “Authentic Jazz and Swing Dance Practices.”

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This event is free and open to Princeton students, faculty and staff to participate and/or observe.

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Per Princeton University policy, all guests must either be fully vaccinated, or have recently tested negative (via PCR within 72 hours or via rapid antigen test within 8 hours of the scheduled visit) and be prepared to show proof if asked, or wear a face covering when indoors and around others.


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About Mickey Davidson

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Photo courtesy Mickey Davidson

Mickey Davidson’s performing experiences include affiliations with Dianne McIntyre’s Sounds In Motion Dance Co., Norma Miller’s Lindy Hoppers, Frankie Manning, Charles “Cookie” Cook, Savoy Swingers, Roots Of Brazil, Cecil Taylor, Sun Ra, Jeanne Lee, Newman Baker, Frank Owens, Oliver Lake and the Makanda Project, among others.

Ms. Davidson has been affiliated with Lindy Hop since 1985 when she started rehearsing with Norma Miller and her Jazz Dancers. Since Norma’s return to Las Vegas, Mickey has maintained the group under the name Savoy Swingers. Not only does the group maintain Miller’s choreography, they perform other diverse jazz styles such as Tap and Modern Jazz in addition to floor and aerial Lindy Hop. Shows presented by the group include Swingin’ Sisters, Swingin’ In Time, Great Dancing Ladies and Swingin’ At the Savoy. Mickey teaches special Lindy Hop and Lindy related workshops nationally and internationally. Ms. Davidson frequently partnered and assisted Lindy Hop legend Frankie Manning in workshops, video (Everybody’s Dancing), TV (Swingin’ with Duke, PBS) and during live performances.

Ms. Davidson is primary choreographer and director for Mickey D. & Friends, a group of dancers and musicians that explores and performs the interlocking relationship between music and dance. In 1993- 2013 Ms. Davidson took over the leadership for the arts-in-education dance company, Okra Dance Co. This company presents multicultural dance programs in the states of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut. Ms. Davidson taught Jazz Dance and Tap as a Visiting Lecturer at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, for 17 years.

In theater, Ms. Davidson has enjoyed a collaborative relationship with poet/playwright Ntozake Shange for over 16 years. Under Shange’s direction, Davidson choreographed For Color Girls Who Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf, Beneath the Necessity of Talking and Love Space Demands. She also choreographed Oddfellows Playhouse production of Spunk, Hartford Theatre Works production of Paul Robeson, and the European Tour of the Broadway production of Black and Blue. Ms. Davidson sets and maintains the Swing and Blues choreography inherited from Mr. Manning and Jazz Power Initiative’s “Holding the Torch for Liberty.”

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  • Program in Dance