50 For 50: Chuck Davis

Author: Sandra Davidson

Raleigh native Charles R. “Chuck” Davis, who became one of the world’s foremost teachers and choreographers of African dance, passed away in 2017. A distinguished teacher, choreographer, and ambassador for dance, Davis is remembered across North Carolina and the country for his artistry, his contributions to American dance and his ability to use art to promote peace and healing.

Last spring, Davis was interviewed by Arts Council staff for its 50 for 50 project. Here’s Davis on Arts Across NC, reflecting on his time on the North Carolina Arts Council Board:



Chuck Davis founded the Chuck Davis Dance Company in New York in 1968 and, in 1982, returned to his native North Carolina to create the African American Dance Ensemble.



Davis received the North Carolina Award for Fine Arts in 1992, the state's highest honor. Davis has received many other awards and other recognition for his accomplishments, including an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from the City University of New York in 1998 and Dance Heritage Coalition recognition as one of the first 100 Irreplaceable Dance Treasures in the US in 2000.

Learn more about the legacy of Chuck Davis in this UNC-TV feature



Chuck Davis dancing
Photo by Bill Russ

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