African American Dance Ensemble, Chuck Davis, African Dance, African Dance Choreographer, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMN

African Dance Master Choreographer Chuck Davis Dies at 80 – Atlanta Black Star DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Chuck Davis, a master choreographer and teacher of traditional African dance styles who founded dance companies in North Carolina and New York, has died. He was 80.

Davis died Sunday at his home in Durham, said Dr. B. Angeloe Burch Sr., executive director of the African American Dance Ensemble, which Davis founded. Davis had been diagnosed with cancer about two years ago and had been treated, Burch said. He said the cause of death wasn’t known.

African American Dance Ensemble, Chuck Davis, African Dance, African Dance Choreographer, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMNPhoto | Corey Lowenstein/The News & Observer via AP

African American Dance Ensemble, Chuck Davis, African Dance, African Dance Choreographer, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMN

African American Dance Ensemble, Chuck Davis, African Dance, African Dance Choreographer, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMN


The AADE seeks to preserve and share the finest traditions of African and African American Dance and music through research and entertainment. With our Motto, “Peace, Love, Respect for Everybody” we celebrate traditional African culture, aesthetics and values as resources for all people and utilize these concepts to encourage interracial cooperation, cross-cultural understanding and societal analysis.

The AADE is comprised of Artistic Director, Dr. Charles “Baba Chuck” Davis; Musical Director; 9 musicians and dancers. Executive Director, Dr. B. Angeloe Burch Sr.; a 7 member working Board of Directors who are committed to furthering the development of the Ensemble and an administrative staff of 4 professionals. (Facebook).