Chuck Davis, a dancer and choreographer widely regarded as America’s foremost master of African dance, died at 80 years old on Sunday May 14th, 2017.
Mr. Davis, who often said that he considered dance an agent of social change, performed, choreographed, taught and otherwise evangelized for the dances of Africa and the African diaspora for more than a half-century. He was known both for his re-creations of traditional dances from throughout the African world and for his contemporary choreographed pieces that fused African traditions with modern dance.
Mr. Davis was most renowned as the founder and longtime artistic director of DanceAfrica, a festival held each Memorial Day weekend at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Founded in 1977, the festival is celebrating its 40th anniversary this month.
Chuck Davis will be missed by many artists, he influenced many generations to follow their dreams and become the best version of themselves! You will be truly missed BABA CHUCK!
REST IN PEACE CHUCK DAVIS! <3