Tugené Davis started her first studio in 1997 as TuSoul. Not long after, life changed and with it, went the studio. Several years later her second start at studio ownership came through Testimony Movement Ministries. Both were just the foundation of Davis Inspiration Studios.
By 2018, Tugené and her husband, Jay, had 2 little girls. 3 year old Mycah and 5 month old Ariyah. Both Jay and Tugené studied the arts through grade school and college at Dillard and Howard University, respectively. Long before becoming a mother, Tugené started performing at the age of two so their daughters have known nothing but the soul of the arts. As filmmakers and creatives to the core, their art and parenting philosophy has been for their daughters to show their own interest in the arts before getting them involved.
February, 2018 it happened! Mycah asked…”Mommy, can I take dance classes?” From there Tugené focused on opening Davis Dance Studio, soon realizing the limitations just dance would have in developing independent thinking dancers and creativity as a whole. By 2019 DDS became DIS with an emphasis on the arts and life planning to effectively work on changing the starving artist dilemma. The goal was set to teach the world artists don’t need a Plan B but a good plan A!
With one dance class, January 5, 2019, we set off with a vision to open a studio, café and gift shop for the arts by December, 2020. By the end of 2019 Ariyah was growing into her own saying, “what about Ariyah’s dance class?!” You guessed it! January, 2020 we grew to host 6 dance classes; on track to open our arts space as planned. Until the COVID-19 Pandemic hit that March.
Although COVID changed the function of all pricipal activities, we've maintained our relationship the International Association of Blacks in Dance as well as with our dance family. We are now rebuilding with new normals in mind.
In 2019 we held four Friendship Day events taking our artists to see professional and pre-professional productions while building relationships amoung our students. We hosted two Open House events with four planned in 2020. We also became home to one of the nation’s few Ameature Athletic Union (AAU) Dance Sport Clubs, the Interantional Choreographer's Association.
DIS has quickly become a community of friends and artists from the students who learn to the parents who bring them!
We are focused on developing the whole artist. Our mission is focused on addressing the problematic issue of artists being unprepared for life’s realities while being a creative. Many artists face homelessness, depression as well as drastic ups and downs socially and financially through the gig lifestyle.
We understand why many parents encourage their artists to have a “back up plan” when they leave home. However, we believe a "Plan B" is encouraged because a concrete Plan A is not in place.
As we develop artists, we train with the expectation our artists will fall in love with their craft. As they do, we want to ensure as they learn their craft, they equally learn how to remain creative and flourish through life’s eventualities.
To develop an artist's ability to function with artistic viability, practical faith in Christ, financial independence and creative interchangeability in order to solve the “starving artist” dilemma.
Through art and life planning, we inspire creative entrepreneurs from children to adults. We provided art and life planning classes, events, tools and resources for artists to learn and execute their craft for their short and long term goals.
The personal work of Tamyia “Tugené” Davis, DIS is a result of her dance, business and creative work experiences for more than 20 years. African dance quickly became the strongest interest for Tugené once she got a taste of it in high school and through her college career.
A BFA graduate as an Art Administrator, she is well versed from the arts to business. In 2015 she became an insurance broker and in six months gained over 100 clients. She has since focused her insurance clientele on helping artist secure their life, assets and maintain their health coverage. She enjoys hosting large scale events from 500-10,000 event-goers.
Needless to say, she is very ambitious. She loves being a mother, wife, lover of most things sweet and learning French.