Dr. Christa A. Davis
College/University Master Dance Educator of the Year
Dr. Christa A. Davis (aka Momma Storm) is an assistant professor of kinesiology at Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho. She received a B.S. at Washington State University in Athletic Training, and Physical Education with a dance focus. During her undergraduate season, she choreographed and performed throughout the Northwest with Orchesis Dance Honorary. For 20+ years afterward, she taught creative movement, ballet, jazz, modern, contemporary, hip hop, cultural dance and physical education with students K-12 and at the university level, in studio, community, and public school settings. Subsequently, Christa earned a M.Ed. and a Ph.D. in PE/Dance Pedagogy at the University of Idaho. She also holds a Certificate in Elementary Labanotation from the Dance Notation Bureau.
Christa’s research interests focus on the enhancement of children’s physical and emotional health, via training of future teachers. She created an instructional model, BLISS, which reexamines traditional pedagogy, offering research-based strategies to encourage a broader enjoyment of dance artistry. Her current project utilizes the dance form KRUMP, with at-risk children in a residential treatment facility, suffering from trauma. Initial results show a strong correlation between KRUMP, healthy emotional processing, increased confidence, and the value of personal expression. It promises to become a healthy alternative to stifled emotion, drug use, and gang involvement. Christa is privileged to present her research at state, regional and national conferences across the United States. Her passion, is to bring dance to the masses – making it accessible and enticing to those not yet exposed to our remarkable movement form!