Bio: Rebecca Davis is the Founder and Executive Director of MindLeaps ( MindLeaps is a not-for-profit organization that uses dance to develop the cognitive and behavioral skills of street children in post-conflict and developing countries. Originally from Vancouver, British Columbia, Rebecca has choreographed and taught in Canada, Russia, Ukraine, Rwanda, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Scotland, Guinea and the United States. She was classically trained in the Russian Vaganova method of ballet while studying in Moscow, Saint Petersburg and Krasnoyarsk, Russia. She received a degree in choreography from The Saint Petersburg Conservatory under the tutelage of Nikolai Boyarchikov (former Artistic Director, The Mussorgsky Ballet). She is a two-time Fulbright scholar and summa cum laude graduate of Temple University with a Bachelors of Business Administration in Entrepreneurship. She holds a Masters of International Relations with a concentration in Peacekeeping from American Military University. In 2010, she was awarded the Carl Wilkens Fellowship from the Genocide Intervention Network. In 2013, CCTV made the documentary “Dance Up From The Street” about Rebecca’s work in Rwanda. Rebecca has appeared on The Melissa-Harris Perry Show, given two TEDx talks, and been a guest speaker at several universities, including Brandeis, Brown, Princeton, and University of Michigan. In 2014, she gave presentations at the Pan-African Film Festival (Los Angeles), United Nations Film Festival (San Francisco), K-Lab (Rwanda), and Fulbright’s International Institute of Education (Philadelphia). Rebecca’s work has been featured in several publications, including: Huffington Post Live, Women in The World: NY Times, Project M, Dance Studio Life, American Military University’s Spotlight, The New Times (Rwanda), Dance Magazine, Dance Teacher Magazine, Marie Claire Australia, and The Good Service Magazine. In 2015, Rebecca was selected to serve as the Greater New York City’s Fulbright Alumnus-in-Residence. In 2016, the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) invited Rebecca to present MindLeaps’ research at the annual conference.
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