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Iconic BAM Artists

Chuck Davis

Dr. Charles "Chuck" Davis (1937—2017) was the founding artistic director of DanceAfrica, BAM’s longest running series, which he started in 1977. He was one of the foremost teachers and choreographers of traditional African dance in America and traveled extensively throughout Africa to study with leading artists. Davis founded the Chuck Davis Dance Company in New York in 1968 and the African American Dance Ensemble in Durham, North Carolina, in 1983. He was a panelist for several programs of the National Endowment for the Arts and a recipient of the AARP Certificate of Excellence, the North Carolina Dance Alliance Award, the 1990 North Carolina Artist Award, and the North Carolina Order of the Long Leaf Pine. He served on the board of the North Carolina Arts Council since 1991 and in 1992 he received the North Carolina Award in Fine Arts, the state's highest honor. In 1996, Davis and the African American Dance Ensemble were awarded a $100,000 grant from the National Dance Residency Program, a three-year initiative launched in 1994 by the New York Foundation for the Arts and funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts. In 1998 he received an honorary doctorate from Medgar Evers College and received many honorary doctorates from various universities. Davis and DanceAfrica were cited as one of America's Irreplaceable Dance Treasures: The First 100 by the Dance Heritage Coalition. In 2014 Davis received a Bessie Award for outstanding service to the field of dance.

In 2016, BAM established the Chuck Davis Emerging Choreographer Fellowship, an annual award in his honor, given to emerging choreographers to travel to Africa and study with one or more experts in African dance.


 
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DanceAfrica
 
DanceAfrica
 

DanceAfrica is a vibrant annual celebration of African and African-American dance, music, and culture, featuring performances, master classes, a film series, a dance party, and the one-and-only DanceAfrica bazaar.

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1977: The Origins of DanceAfrica
Starting from the basis of his own company, Chuck Davis has built a network of African and African-inspired dance ensembles from around the world, which perform at BAM and other venues across the US year after year.


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How Many Dashikis Does Baba Chuck Davis Have
2012 was a big year for DanceAfrica, BAM's longest running series. It celebrated 35 years, and Baba Chuck Davis turned 75! Here, Davis answers a few questions, including one pertaining to being the perennial “best-dressed” at DanceAfrica.


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Baba Chuck Davis
Baba Chuck Davis Memorial Celebration
 
Baba Chuck Davis Memorial Celebration
 

A limited amount of tickets will be available on a first-come, first-seated basis, at the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, starting at 7pm.

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