Artistic Director Chuck Davis
DanceAfrica founder and artistic director Chuck Davis hosts this showcase of dance and music to kick off the annual festival, featuring three Madagascar-based artists—music and dance troupe Groupe Bakomanga, guitar artist Madagascar Slim, and world music sensation Hanitrarivo Rasoanaivo—plus select New York State artists and more.
DanceAfrica is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature
Chuck Davis is one of the foremost teachers and choreographers of traditional African dance in America.
BAM/Restoration DanceAfrica Ensemble celebrates ancestral roots and the modern-day community.
The Malagasy-Canadian guitarist combines folk and blues in his own award-winning style.
Hanitrarivo Rasoanaivo is a star in the Malagasy music scene.
Bakomanga has performed in Japan, France, La Reunion, and Gabon.